MORE than 40 school pupils with additional support needs took part in an annual Boccia championship.

It was held on Wednesday and organised by the Clacks Council’s Active Schools and Sport and Leisure team.

Boccia is a Paralympic event, with athletes throwing, kicking or using a ramp to propel a ball onto the court with the aim of getting closest to a jack ball.

The sport, which has no Olympic counterpart, is played indoors on a court similar to a badminton court and is designed for athletes with a disability affecting locomotor function.

Both primary and secondary team and individual competitions took place at Alloa Academy, with these games serving as qualifiers for the Forth Valley Disability Sport Boccia Championships.

A spokesperson for Clacks Council said: “The team was pleased to see entries from pupils attending one secondary school and nine primary schools within Clackmannanshire.

“The competitive league format lead to some very exciting semi-finals and finals, with the primary final coming to a decider round after a tie.

“This was one of the many gripping games that occurred over the duration of the event and it is a testament to the great talent of all the pupils involved.”

There were 44 kids taking part and the top four primary and secondary individuals and teams will go onto represent the county in the Forth Valley Disability Sport Regional Boccia Championships on January 19, 2024.

This will see them go up against fellow pupils from Stirling and Falkirk, putting their skills to a real test.


Primary School – INDIVIDUAL LD
1st place – Finley Said
2nd place – Jack Allen
3rd place – Violet-Rose Brown

Primary School – TEAMS
1st place – Lochies Primary
2nd place – Lochies Primary
3rd place – Park Primary

Secondary School – INDIVIDUAL LD
1st place – Corey Williamson
2nd place – Alix Flannagan

Secondary School – INDIVIDUAL PD
1st Place – Ayla Koseoglu
2nd Place – Keira Andrews
3rd Place – Emma Thomson Fraser

Secondary school – TEAMS
1st place – Alloa Academy
2nd place –Alloa Academy
3rd place – Alloa Academy