Scarboccia September Newsletter 2018


The last three months have been very busy for us, Scarboccia is continually growing and we  welcome new members to our club.  


August saw the excellent coverage of The World Boccia Championships in Liverpool via BBC online.  Boccia is certainly becoming more recognized  in the UK and Scarboccia aims to put our great sport on the map along the Yorkshire Coast and reach out to as many groups as possible so that Boccia and Disability Sport can benefit many more withing our community.  We congratulate David Smith MBE on retaining his Number 1 title once again and much deserved.  I personally was amazed by the brilliant standard shown by all the athletes and well done to them all. 

We would also like to congratulate our founder Pablo Rees and Greenbank Giants for their great work and Publicity Events prior to to Championships and their success this season in becoming National League Champions and wish them good luck in the Super League.


With thanks to NYCC Stronger Communities Inspire Fund & Scarborough Mayoress Community Fund Scarboccia and Barchester Charitable Fund we have finally got new Tracksuits and a new Demand Nova Ramp and a Scarboccia Banner and Visually Impaired Boccia Balls that have a bell inside.




 More than 100 community and voluntary groups in North Yorkshire have benefited from more than £90,000 of grants from the County Council’s Stronger Communities team during the past 12 months.

Now the Stronger Communities team, which supports communities in playing a greater role in the delivery of services, is going on the road to encourage more groups to take advantage of this funding opportunity. Between 7 and 14 September, the team’s Get Inspired! pop-up events will take place across the county.

These will mark the first anniversary of the team’s revised investment prospectus, which saw the start of a new way of supporting and investing in social action by strengthening voluntary and community organisations, developing local services and encouraging communities to help themselves.

In that first year the Inspire fund, part of the prospectus that offers grants of up to £1,000, has helped to fund events and activities, helped with start-up costs for new projects and with the purchase of equipment.

County Councillor David Chance, Executive Member for Stronger Communities, said: “Our Inspire fund has helped a great many people to do a lot of good during its first year. In total, £90,723 has been invested in 105 groups. This has benefited about 72,000 people and engaged 1,525 volunteers. More than half of the applications received were from new groups that had not worked with our Stronger Communities program before, and a staggering 32,000 hours of volunteering have resulted from the first year of the Inspire projects.”


Scarboccia is a disability, non-profit organisation that plays the inclusive Paralympic sport of Boccia. This is similar to bowls, using a softer ball. Anyone can play Boccia regardless of age or ability. Scarboccia was established in October 2014 and is governed by Boccia England. The team was regional champion in 2017 and runner- up this season in the Yorkshire National League.

The club is based in Scarborough at the Sports Village, which is run by Everyone Active. It works with community groups and special schools delivering Boccia sessions and offering other inclusive sports, such as New Age Kurling and wheelchair/chair volleyball. 

An Inspire grant enabled Scarboccia to buy a Boccia ramp, a Boccia ball set and tracksuits for the club/team, which are being embroidered with the club logo, motto and members’ initials. It has enabled Scarboccia to deliver Boccia more effectively and to improve the club’s standard so it can compete at a higher level and raise its profile.

Scarboccia chairman Linda Clarke-Irons said: “Our aims are to inspire and empower disabled children and adults to play and be involved in disability sport to increase awareness, promote health and well-being and learning, reduce inequalities and isolation, while develop social connections and interaction.



The Scarborough News 20th September 2018


Mark visited Scarboccia on Friday 7th September 2018.  The TV Interview is on our website.



BOCCIA TOURNAMENT: On Saturday 24th November 2018

Taking place at Scarborough Sports Village  from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm – We are inviting all Boccia Clubs and teams from the community groups we work with and anyone is welcome to join us if they wish to come and watch and support us.  Deadline for team entries is 17th October.

NATIONAL BOCCIA DAY:  Thursday 27th September 2018


Scarboccia bags £1,000.00  from Tesco’s community grant scheme

Scarboccia is delighted to announce it has bagged £1,000.00 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £52 million to over 16,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed Scarboccia has been awarded £1000.00

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

Scarboccia we are a Disability Sport Group

Together we can break down barriers so everyone can play Boccia with any disability

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout July and August with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions are awarded funding.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: 

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down the UK to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

Issued by Scarboccia.

For further information please contact:

Linda Clarke-Irons or Tony Mollica via our Scarboccia Facebook Page or Email us at  


Scarboccia is continuing to to work with many groups regularly in Scarborough  and we are hope to expend further in the near future reaching out and delivering Boccia and disability sport to other vulnerable groups and schools locally and in the surrounding areas on the Yorkshire Coast.


Why not host a fundraising event on behalf of Scarboccia or collect donations using our Yellow Favor Boxes, which can be collected from Linda or Tony by contacting us on our Facebook page.

Pre-order our 2019 Journal/Diary at a small cost of £8 each by contacting Linda or Tony also more information can be found on our website 

Visit our website at and our Scarboccia  Zazzle Store where you can purchase a wide variety of merchandise and gifts for family and friends or donate via our PayPal link or whilst you are shopping online at 

Your kind donations will help us to continue and expand our work within the community and on the Yorkshire Coast. Also  enabling Scarboccia as a Club can continue to grow and develop and allow us to enter more competitions and gain more qualifications so we can teach and train members and the younger generation to enjoy Boccia socially or at high competitive level and sustaining our work in the future.  Your donations are invaluable to us and our aim is to reach out to as many groups and individuals as we can.  Thank You.

Jazz Court Boccia Event 31st July 2018

 Boccia Taster Session St Cecilia’s Day Care Centre Eastfield 20th Sept 2018


Scarboccia have been shortlisted to receive a £500 grant from Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving Community Initiative – Scarboccia needs your vote!
Please Click on the link below to see our story and cast your vote and please share with your family and friends. You can also vote at your local Skipton Building Society Branch too – Thank You…/yorkshire-and-th…/scarboccia/