Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


Special Olympics Bury is an independent branch of the national Special Olympics organisation. The Bury branch is run and managed in partnership with Jigsaw (Bury), a registered charity providing sports and social activities for young disabled people, aged 13-30. While the majority of Special Olympics branches are competition-oriented, the aim of the partnership with Jigsaw is for access to sport to be widened. All of our sports sessions are inclusive and cater to all abilities, as we support our members to reach their sporting potential and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The ‘Break into Boccia’ project will focus on growing regular participation for existing players and will engage new participants, all with a disability. Boccia is a disability sport that tests muscle control and accuracy. Players propel balls to land close to a target ball. Points are accumulated over the course of the match to find a winner.
The Active Participation Survey published by Sport England in September 2016 showed that fewer than half, of disabled people, as compared to non-disabled people, participate in sport or physical activity for 30 minutes each week. Further, the EFDS Lifestyle Report highlighted that 7 in 10 disabled people want to be more active. This gives a clear indication of the need to create opportunities for disabled people to participate in sport. The project will benefit the community by providing an opportunity for disabled people to engage in a fun, recreational activity, allowing them to meet new people and build friendships.
Special Olympics Bury currently has 6 teams in the National Boccia England League. In 2015 team ‘Bury Jigsaw’ won silver medals at the National Finals and were promoted to the Super League. We currently train every Sunday morning and fortnightly on a Tuesday. Due to popular demand for Boccia, the Break into Boccia project will introduce new sessions to accommodate more players.
Katherine Edge, Team captain of ‘Bury Bombers’

I have been an active member of Special Olympics Bury for 6 years. Boccia is my favourite sport and I am extremely proud to be the team Captain for Bury Bombers. My team competes in the National Boccia England League and I train each week with my team mates. Being involved in Boccia with Special Olympics Bury has allowed me to make new friends, increase my self-esteem, confidence levels and improved my leadership and communication skills. It has also helped me maintain an active lifestyle. I enjoy experiencing Boccia competitions with the exciting atmosphere and team spirit. I believe this funding will allow other young disabled adults to access such a fun and inclusive sport. I want others to experience the great benefits of Boccia. Without Boccia I wouldn’t have had the opportunities to develop my skills in this way and I am very grateful to be involved. Your votes would mean the world to us and will truly make a difference. So let’s BREAK INTO BOCCIA! Vote for Special Olympics Bury!

Special Olympics Bury

Moment of Pride

The drive, determination, passion, and enthusiasm of our young disabled people is inspiring. We are extremely proud of the staff, volunteers and athletes involved with Special Olympics Bury as we support our members to reach their sporting potential.

Location: Bury