Academy holds first competition

The county’s first Boccia open competition has been held in south east Northumberland.

SMILE Through Sport held the event at Bede Academy in Blyth, where 26 individuals, most with disabilities, took part.

There were three competitions running on the day and three gold medals up for grabs which were won by Lee Maddison, Beth Moulam and Norman Platt.

Stephen Miller, the charity’s managing director, said: “Seeing everyone take part in our first open competition has been great.

“There have been some great games played.

“We are now looking forward to next year’s competition, which might even have to be put on over two days as this year has been so popular.”

The boccia open was part of local club Boccia Northumberland which launched in May this, year.

The club provides fun, social and competitive boccia opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

Darren Jensen, from Bede Academy, added: “Bede Academy and the whole Emmanuel Schools Foundation are really excited to be working with SMILE Through Sport and Boccia Northumberland.

“Making the commitment to the club by laying the permanent courts will allow us to support Boccia Northumberland and provide more opportunities to our local community.”