As with all governing bodies of sport, Boccia England is dependent on the time and commitment of many volunteers to help run the sport efficiently and effectively. It has a small team of professional staff, led by our Chief Executive, based at our head office in Nottingham, to carry out the essential functions of the organisation, and responsible for developing the sport.
Chris is accountable to the board of Boccia England for all aspects of the management of the sport. This includes financial planning and management, supporting the board in the development of policy, and overall management of the staff team.
National Sport and Operations Manager
Lucy leads the development and management of the participation programmes for the sport. This includes the competition structures and infrastructure development through clubs and the volunteer workforce. She also oversees the rules and guidelines used in the management of the sport, including codes of conduct.
Richard leads the development and management of the talent and performance system, up to and including the England squad. This includes coordinating Boccia England activity with the other home countries within the Great Britain Boccia Federation, making sure that our work fits into the pathway for Paralympic athletes. He is also responsible for development and management of the national classification system.
Under 19s Manager
Mary is responsible for all aspects of the development programme for under 19s. This is principally done via the Lords Taverners (the charitable trust that financially supports this programme) junior boccia programme, a schools programme for young people with physical disabilities. It includes developing and running a programme to train young officials, who will then go on to support the competitions.
Talent and Coaching
Matt’s principal responsibilities are to support the Performance Manager with the co-ordination and administration of the talent development programme. He also leads on the development of boccia for people with visual impairment (VI Boccia) and developing and delivering our coach development plan.
Marc is responsible for leading the development and strengthening of our club system throughout England. This is done by working with partners to develop and support clubs, and promoting the recruitment and training of new volunteers.
Marc is also the lead safeguarding officer for Boccia England, coordinating and implementing our policy.
Competition and Volunteers
Rachael is responsible for the development and delivery of our competition programmes, including Regional and National Championships and the Pan-Disability Boccia League.
Natalie is responsible for the development of our volunteer workforce, including coaches, officials and volunteers. With the aim of ensuring Boccia England and our growing network of clubs have the capacity to meet the needs of the sport and the growing number of participants. This includes recruitment, training and support.