Sheffield Smashers Celebrate One Year Anniversary

19th November 2012

Boccia club sponsored by law firm bowled over by success of first year bringing disability sport to local community Disabled Sheffield children are celebrating this week as their local Boccia club marks its one year anniversary.

The Sheffield Smashers, who are sponsored by the Sheffield office of law firm Irwin Mitchell after teaming up with local disability sport charity Within Reach and Activity Sheffield to start up the club, marked the occasion by throwing a birthday party Don Valley Stadium. The club was founded in November 2011 and has over the last year seen membership more than triple to 14. In addition the club now has over 15 volunteers consisting of Irwin Mitchell staff and parents of the Smashers who help run the sessions held every Thursday evening at Don Valley Stadium 5.30pm-7pm. The Paralympic game Boccia involves players rolling, throwing or kicking a ball towards a jack.  If players are unable to throw or kick they can use a ramp to roll the ball from a sitting position making Boccia an accessible and inclusive sport. Karen Codling, an Associate Director at Irwin Mitchell and Chair of the Sheffield Smashers Boccia Club said: -Boccia provides the perfect opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to become involved in a sport that's enjoyed by players all over the world. -Engaging disabled children in a sport is such a valuable part of enabling them to realise their full potential and engage with other children who also live with a disability. This is also a fantastic experience for family members to meet other families who also care for a child with a disability. Clubs like this really do make a real positive difference to people's lives. -The success of the Sheffield Smashers Boccia Club has far exceeded our expectations and I am proud to be able to have been part of a project which has brought together such an inspiration group of people. Everyone at the club is committed to promoting the value of disability sport to the local community. -Two of our volunteers, Theo Budgen and William Turner, both 14 years of age, even took on the challenge of cycling 50 miles each raising over £550 for the club, a fantastic achievement and one everyone really appreciates. -We are thankful for all the support from our volunteers and Irwin Mitchell for making the Sheffield Smashers Boccia Club a success. We hope that the group continues to grow and that we are able to bring Boccia to disabled children across Sheffield for many years to come. For more information regarding the Sheffield Smashers Boccia Club please contact Karen Codling at

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