Pupils bowled over after tenants visit

Published 27 May 2014


Two generations went head-to-head on the boccia bowling court at a school in Wakefield.

Residents of WDH’s Newfield House Independent Living Scheme travelled to Greenhill Primary in Eastmoor to teach pupils about the indoor sport.

Boccia, which is extremely popular with residents across all of WDH’s 46 Independent Living Schemes, sees a blue team and a red team throw coloured balls towards a jack in a style similar to crown green bowls, although players must remained seated rather than standing.

The game has been played at the Paralympic games since 1984, but shot to prominence with viewers in the UK during the 2012 games.

Martin Fenton, headteacher at Greenhill Primary, said: “We have close links with WDH and we enjoy holding events that allow children to mix with different generations. Boccia bowling is a bit different and it’s good to introduce them to a new sport.”

Chris Croxall, Tenant Involvement Officer at WDH said: “This is the second time residents from Newfield House have been to Greenhill and it’s great that our Independent Living Schemes can help play a part teaching children about new sports.”

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