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The BE Cup and Heathcoat Cup Hatfield round up!

It was a fantastic and busy weekend at Hatfield with the Heathcoat Cup and BE Cup taking place. All of the competing athletes did a tremendous job, the results of the winners are now in, and are as follows.

The BE Cup

BC1 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Daniel Wain
  2. Caroline Robinson
  3. Alex Dukes

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BC2 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Amy Darlow
  2. Reshad Saraj
  3. Jason Rolph

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BC3 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Matthew Berry
  2. Jess Hunter
  3. William Arnott

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BC4/5 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Alfie Yates
  2. Oliver Crawshaw
  3. Archie Eaton

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The qualification points table has been updated please see here.

Heathcoat Cup

BC2 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Vicki Ekins (Qualifies for Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  2. Richard Green (BC6)
  3. Ramandeep Mann (Qualifies for Heathcoat Cup Finals)

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BC3 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Kai Shah (Qualifies for Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  2. Jagjit Chuk (Qualifies for Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  3. Joshua Wilkins

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BC5 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Rachel Hanks (Qualifies for Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  2. George Bellinger (BC4 - (Qualifies for Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  3. Sam Alderson (Qualifies for Heathcoat Cup Finals)

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BC6 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Patrick Morrin
  2. Clifford Armstrong (Qualifies for Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  3. Katie Hubble (Qualifies for Heathcoat Cup Finals)

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BC8 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Harry Herbert (Qualifies for Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  2. Jack Conie (Qualifies for Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  3. Katy Norris (Qualifies for Heathcoat Cup Finals)

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All qualifiers will be contacted via email to confirm their qualification and how to enter the Heathcoat Cup Finals which take place on Saturday 13th April 2019 in Hatfield.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteer officials who took part over the weekend; we couldn’t have made it happen without your hard work and dedication.

We would also like to say a big thank you to University of Hertfordshire Sports Village for their hospitality and for hosting the competition.

Introducing our new Talent Development Manager

Boccia England is delighted to announce that Sandra King will be joining the organisation as the newly appointed Talent Development Manager. Sandra will be familiar to many people within boccia having volunteered in the sport since the start of the millennium.

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Sandra has held a range of roles managing and coaching as well as being the Boccia Manager for the London 2012 Paralympic Games where she continues to remain actively involved in international competitions as Technical Delegate.

Sandra’s new role with Boccia England will focus on developing and overseeing our talent pathway to help our players reach their potential. Sandra will be working closely with our academies and coaches to help them to identify and support talented individuals.

Chris Ratcliffe, CEO, says "I am delighted that we have someone of Sandra’s calibre joining our talented team here at Boccia England. She brings a wealth of experience and passion for the sport and I have no doubt our players will all benefit from Sandra’s involvement".

Sandra will be joining us in time for the next BE Cup round in Hatfield on 23rd February.

Introducing our new Team Administrator

We are delighted to welcome Danielle Donnelly to the Boccia England team. Danielle joined the team today and is already getting stuck in to her new role.

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Danielle comes from an administrative background and has previous charity experience so is well placed to assist the Boccia England team and its stakeholders.

Danielle says, "I am looking forward to meeting our members and getting to know the team, and I hope to prove to be a valuable team member."

Whilst Danielle learns the ropes we are sure you will all join us in wishing her well and being patient whilst she learns the multiple aspects of her new role, covering incoming calls and emails, the shop and our social media.

Boccia England welcomes new vice-chair!

We are pleased to announce that Janie Frampton will join our Board on 13 February as our first Vice-Chair.

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Janie has a wealth of experience in the sporting sector having operated across both national and international football. A keen Ambassador for women in sport, Janie has a strong track record in developing positive stakeholder relationships which work to remove barriers to participation in sport.
Having held several Chair positions and with her extensive work with National Governing Bodies, Janie will bring new insight on the delivery of our strategy.

Janie says” I am delighted to have been appointed as Vice-Chair of Boccia England; it’s a sport that is growing rapidly and I hope to add value to their existing exceptional team."

Boccia England looks forward to Janie commencing her new role as, by nature, she constantly strives for excellence, analysing and challenging.

Chris Ratcliffe, CEO says “we are very pleased to have Janie joining the Board. Janie is a highly experienced professional from within the Sport Sector with a proven track record and will bring further value to our Board.

Heathcoat Cup & The BE Cup Sheffield Round up!

The action was taking place in Sheffield last weekend with our Heathcoat Cup and BE Cup taking place. With over 150 boccia matches over 2 days it sure was a busy one!

The BE Cup:
This was our first BE Cup Qualifier for the season, with finals taking place in May. Our next BE Cup takes place in Hatfield on 23 February.

BC1 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Tia Ruel
  2. Jabe Peake
  3. Caroline Robinson

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BC2 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Reshad Saraj
  2. William Hipwell
  3. Jason Rolph

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BC3 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Matthew Berry
  2. William Arnott
  3. Lee Maddison

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BC4/BC5 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Alfie Yates
  2. Harry Thompson
  3. Penny Froude

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For our full results listing please click here. *BC2 results are yet to be completed so competitors will be contacted with their results.

For the qualification points table please click here.

Heathcoat Cup: This was our third Heathcoat Cup of the season and it did not disappoint. Our next round of Heathcoat Cup Qualifiers takes place in Hatfield on 24 February.

BC1/BC2 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Soleil Palmer (Qualifies for BC2 Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  2. Richard Armstrong (Qualifies for BC1 Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  3. Stephen Miller (Qualifies for BC2 Heathcoat Cup Finals)

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BC3 FINAL POSITIONS

  • Joint 1st- Ellie Harper & Patrick Mawson (Both players qualify for BC3 Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  • Joint 3rd- Rafael Young & Colin McDonnell

(The gold medal match and bronze medal match did not take place due to time constraints.)

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BC5 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Callum Smith (Qualifies for BC5 Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  2. Harvey Cooper (Qualifies for BC5 Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  3. Lee Flowers

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BC6 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Harry Whiteley (Qualifies for BC6 Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  2. Kyle Martin (Qualifies for BC6 Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  3. Jonathan English

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BC8 FINAL POSITIONS

  1. Nathan Smith (Qualifies for BC8 Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  2. Joe Majchrzak (Qualifies for BC8 Heathcoat Cup Finals)
  3. Jordan Brace

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For the full results list please click here.

All qualifiers will be contacted via email to confirm their qualification and how to enter the Heathcoat Cup Finals which take place on Saturday 13th April 2019in Hatfield.

A BIG Thank You to all our amazing volunteers, whether you took on the role as referee, timer, photographer you all help make our competitions happen and to an excellent standard!

Diversity Annual Statement

Boccia England is fully committed to the principles of equality of opportunity and is committed to ensuring that no-one in the sport is unlawfully discriminated against regardless of individual circumstances or background.

A key aim of the Boccia England Board is to achieve greater diversity, including but not limited to gender, age, Black, Asian & Minority Ethnicities (BAME) and disability. As part of this, we maintain a target of having a minimum of 30% of each gender on the Board, are committed to progressing towards achieving gender parity, continuing to have a variety of ages and increasing our disabled and BAME representation, with the aim for the Board profile to represent our member base.

Since the beginning of 2018, we have had numerous changes on our Board, with four leavers, and four new Board members being appointed: a new Independent Chair, Treasurer, Vice-Chair and Member Director.

We have recently appointed a Vice-Chair who will be co-opted onto the Board in February 2019. We are currently recruiting to a Director vacancy.

During the recruitment for Board posts, we have advertised via a range of platforms and methods, including:

• our website, newsletters and social media,

• specialist industry sites, for example, for the Treasurer role we advertised on finance industry sites,

• Trustee recruitment sites

• generic volunteer recruitment sites

• generic recruitment sites

• recruitment sites aimed at diversity e.g.
Women on Boards

• charity websites

• partner organisation websites

• word of mouth

• recruitment agency (for Independent Chair only).

By reaching out to a range of platforms and specialist websites we managed to get a good diversity of candidates.

• 45% BAME background,

• 36% female,

• 14% disabled,

• at least 1 application for each age group from 16-65+.

Whilst we didn’t receive a large number of applications, we are very proud of the diversity of applicants and aim to achieve the same if not better diversity in future recruitment campaigns and will continue to look at different methods/platforms to advertise.

When recruiting for Board posts, whilst being mindful of our diversity targets, we still recruit the most suitable applicant for the role based on their skills, knowledge and experience and any skill gaps on the Board which they need to fill.

Our current Board profile is:

Female 37.5%: Male 62.5%
100% White
13% Disabled
Age Range: 25-34 to 55-64

We are currently going through the recruitment process for our vacant Board post so once this is filled we will provide a further update on our Board profile. We will continue to be mindful of our targets and hope to increase our female, BAME and disabled representation.

If you would like to know more about the work we have been doing this past year on diversity, covering recruitment, engagement and progressing talent, you can view our diversity action plan here.

January sale now on!

We are offering free postage and packaging (UK only) on all Boccia England shop items throughout the whole of January!

So don't delay... get shopping today!

We are aware that there are some bugs in our online shop so if you can't order online please download an order form from the "other" section of the Resources section of our website (bottom right) or give us a call on 0115 967 8455.

Happy New Year!

The Boccia England staff team and Board would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! We hope that 2019 will be a successful and enjoyable year.

We have lots of exciting plans for this year so make sure you are subscribed to our monthly newsletter so you keep up to date with all of our news. You can subscribe here!

Farewell Suze!

It is with sadness that today we said a fond farewell to Susannah Wakefield, aka Suze, our Business Support Administrator. Suze has been a great team member here at Boccia England and we know many of our members will be sorry to see her leave.

Suze has moved on to pastures new to progress her career and we wish her the best of luck in her new role of Accounts Manager. We hope to see her back as a Boccia England volunteer one day!

We are currently recruiting for a Team Administrator so please bear with us in the meantime whilst we are without admin support.