Ticket sales off to great start

It’s just a month since tickets went on general release for the BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championships. And organisers have unveiled that the event is off to a great start.

The World Championships – which has been made possible thanks to UK Sport’s National Lottery funding through its Major Events Programme - is set to attract 190 players from 33 countries to Exhibition Centre Liverpool from the 12-18 August 2018. Tickets are still available at www.echoarena.com/worldboccia.

Chair of Boccia UK and World Championships Steering Committee John Dowson explains, “This is the first time, outside of a Paralympics, that we have hosted an international boccia event in the UK that is ticketed. It is a huge moment in the development of the sport.

“We’re thrilled to report that Boccia UK Friends and Family have responded brilliantly and have seized the opportunity to support our British squad and our sport by taking advantage of our Early Bird discounted offer.”

Athletes will battle it out for world titles, as well as crucially important ranking points ahead of the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020. Boccia is the world’s fastest growing Paralympic sport and with the promise of a family-friendly sports festival, the event is set to inspire a younger generation of children with disabilities.

British player Scott McCowan has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – a muscle wasting disease. He has appeared at two Paralympic Games. He hopes that families who may have children with conditions like Muscular Dystrophy and Cerebral Palsy take the opportunity to find out what the sport is all about.

 “Boccia is the only sport for people with disabilities like mine to play sport. We can’t really do any other sport. That’s why it is so important that we make people aware of boccia. People with severe disabilities need to know that there are opportunities to meet people, to be competitive, to be social – they don’t need to be held back.”

Dowson adds, “This is a fantastic opportunity to see boccia at its very best. The Championship team is being really innovative to ensure it provides an unrivalled experience for both athletes and spectators.”