Boccia, one of the sports that grabbed attention at the Paralympics, now has its first outdoor court in Nottinghamshire.
The £6,300 court in Ambleside, Gamston is a multi-use games area and will be shared with football and basketball.
Funded by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme, the application for the games area was supported by local councillor and county council vice-chairman Barrie Cooper.
Submitted by Holme Pierrepont and Gamston Parish Council, councillors Diane Kidger and John Mason saw the project through from initial idea to completion.
Pete Edwards, a Boccia referee who has just officiated at 16 matches at the London Games, also attended the official opening.
Pete said: “As Boccia becomes more popular there will be a demand for more places to play so getting the county’s first outdoor court is a fantastic step forward.
“More primary and secondary schools, day centres and youth clubs are taking up the sport and we’ve had hundreds of enquiries since the Paralympics.”
Coun Cooper added: “I’m delighted that sports like Boccia are getting funding and this games area will be a wonderful asset for local young people.
“The Local Improvement Scheme has funded countless multi-use games areas across the county as well as skate parks and BMX tracks.”
Fifteen year old Sam Oldknow from Gamston has been playing for the sport for a number of few years.
Sam said: “I hope to represent Great Britain at the Paralympics one day and I’ll be playing more regularly now that this court has opened.”
Contact for clubs
If a Boccia club would like to use the facilities in Gamston, please call John Mason on tel: 0115 818418.