WORCESTER’S first club dedicated to the Paralympic sport Boccia is scoring with players in the city.

Boccia is a precision ball sport, related to bowls, which is contested at local, national and international levels by people with physical disabilities.

The Worcester club has just launched at Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Bilford Road on Tuesday afternoons.

As well as Boccia itself, it offers a wide range of games aimed at building related skills to its members.

The club has been launched by Worcester City Council and Disability Sport Worcester for local disabled people aged eight and over.

Emma Rogers, from the council’s sport, art and play development team, said: “We’re really pleased to see that the range of activities we’re running in the club – in addition to Boccia – is proving popular with people of different ages and with different disabilities.

“We’re working hard to create a fun, exciting and stimulating experience every week.”

Boccia is a paralympic sport and like bowls, involves players getting their balls closer to a ‘jack’, scoring points.

Championships are held at regional, national and international level, with Great Britain picking up two medals at London 2012.

Parent Sandra Gibbs said the sport was proving invaluable to her nine-year-old son Stuart in developing skills and learning new ones.

“It’s really good that my son can get involved with something that suits his ability and where he doesn’t get left behind,” she said. “He is able to be part of something, a team where he’s not judged by his peers or left out, which helps to improve his confidence.”

Club sessions run between 5pm and 6pm every Tuesday at the leisure centre.

For more information contact Emma Rogers on 01905 722331 or e-mail emma. rogers@worcester.gov.uk.