Boccia (pronounced ‘bot-cha’) is a precision indoor ball game, similar to bowls and pétanque. The sport has been specifically designed to be inclusive of disabled people with players throwing, kicking or using a ramp to propel a ball onto the court with the aim of getting closest to a 'jack' ball.
As a sport specifically designed to be inclusive of players with the highest levels of support needs, it makes a particularly valuable contribution to disability sport provision in the UK and internationally. At a recreational level boccia is played widely in schools and adult centres throughout the UK. In 1984, boccia was introduced as a Paralympic sport for athletes with a disability affecting loco-motor function such as Cerebral Palsy.
Since then the sport and skill level involved has developed rapidly and boccia is now widely recognised as fantastic sport of intriguing tactics, incredible skill and nail biting tension. The United Kingdom Boccia Federation (UKBF), a company limited by guarantee, manages the elite athlete programme with the objective of delivering Paralympic, World and European success in Boccia. UKBF also facilitates home nation collaboration in a range of areas around the development of the performance player pathway.
The Board consists of three independent Non-Executives and one representative of each of the four Home Nations who are the UKBF’s members. As part of its succession planning, the UKBF wishes to appoint an independent Chair who will take on the following roles and responsibilities:
- To provide leadership to the Board acting in the long-term interest of the UKBF
- To take responsibility for the Board’s composition and development
- To ensure proper information is provided to the Board and that its meetings are planned and conducted effectively
- To ensure that all Directors are involved in the Board’s work and that the Board focuses on its key tasks
- To engage the Board in assessing and improving its performance
- To oversee the induction and development of new Directors
- To line manage and support staff as appropriate
- To ensure the Board operates in accordance with the Code for Sports Governance
- To act in accordance with UKBF’s Directors Code
- To represent UKBF with outside bodies such as UK Sport, the Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) and the British Paralympic Association
How to apply
To apply for the position please email a CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for the position to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 25 January 2019.
Interviews will be held on the 8 February 2019