Worcester teenager selected for national Boccia squad

A talented Worcester teenager has been selected to play Boccia at national level. Sixteen-year-old Murray Field, who only took up the sport eighteen months ago, has been selected for the Boccia England Lions Squad, which is part of the England Talent Pathway (ETP) for the national side.2014-06 - Murray Field - IMG_0500

The popular Paralympic sport, which is a target ball game in the same family as bowls and pétanque, is played by those with varying degrees of cerebral palsy, and people with disabilities that affect muscle control and strength. Boccia is a seated sport open to all, although predominantly played by wheelchair users.

Murray, who is a pupil at Chadsgrove School and Specialist Sports College in Bromsgrove, trains regularly at the Worcester Boccia Club which receives support from the City Council.  He was selected for the Lions national Squad after winning a gold medal at the South Midlands Regional competition and coming fourth in the national championships which were held in Worcester last year.

He will now have access to five training camps a year, benefiting from expert coaching and advice, and will also train alongside the national team.  He could now be called up to events across the world, with competitions set to take place in Poland, Czech Republic, Norway and as far afield as Canada.

Murray’s father Mark Field says:  “We are thrilled and delighted with Murray’s selection.  As ever, Murray is quietly very pleased in his own modest way.  It just goes to show that disability or not, sport is open to everyone, everywhere, and at every level.”

For more information, please visit http://www.bocciaengland.org.uk


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