Get Kids Going is a national Charity offering disabled children and young people the opportunity of participating in sport. The Charity inspires the disabled youngsters from start-up programmes right through to Paralympic level, and they have supported the equipment needs of players who were involved in the GB Boccia Talent Development Programme, and followed this with further support to the London 2012 BC3 Programme.
The aim of Get Kids Going, in partnership with GB Boccia is to help support budding Paralympians in the build up the London 2012 Paralympic Games and beyond. Long term support for the most talented players is an over-riding objective, particularly where funding does not otherwise exist. Thanks to Get Kids Going, potential GB Paralympians in the sport of boccia will not be held back because the equipment they use is not up to world class standards.
GB Boccia Confirmation Camp, Sheffield, April 2013
The first GB Boccia Confirmation camp took place at the EIS in Sheffield from April 17th to 19th. All eight invited players attended, and benefitted from the comprehensive Programme on offer.
All of the players collectively completed skills tests on knocking off and knocking on for the first time after being introduced to the world of high performance boccia on the first day.
The activities of the second day largely involved direct coaching, as players working with a combination of Player Mentor and Support Coach Nigel Murray; Talent Lead and BC3 Coach Glynn Tromans; and Technical Coach Chris Wagg. Alongside two progressive sessions on controlling the jack and moving balls, each player also had an individual consultation with the Technical and Conditioning Team comprising Lead Physiotherapist Dawn Ibrahim, Lead Conditioning Coach Bob Smith, Support physiotherapist Ruth Proctor and Technical Coach Wagg. All players left with a report outlining key areas for improvement.
The final day saw the opening round of the Talent Individual Competition (TIC); a knockout tournament involving all eight players; and three matches each. After three wins, the initial leader is Jamie Docherty who beat fellow Scott and BC4 player Kieran Steer 4-2 in the final. The leaderboard taken into the next round is as follows:
1. Jamie Docherty BC4
2. Kieran Steer BC4
3. Patrick Wilson BC3
4. Rachel Bailey BC1
5. Evie Edwards BC4
6. James Clowes BC2
7. Martin Davis BC2
8. Emma Goodchild BC1
The format for this event was piloted with the eight players who played Singles in the Paralympics last year, and a Challenger Event will take place in Sheffield at the end of May to involve the Talent Eight and the GB Squad selected for the European Championships.
The second Confirmation Camp will again take place in Sheffield on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd as the players continue to seek the improvement required to operate at the highest levels in sport.
Talent Manager Glynn Tromans commented This is an exciting group of players and it was great to see such a positive attitude resonate around the group in what must have been a very demanding three days for all the players and their assistants. I have no doubt we will see tremendous improvements in the quality of play as the process continues.