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Brighton residents invited to get fit and have fun

20 May 2015
The Manor Gym boccia player, Mary, gets ready to throw the boule.

Residents in Brighton are being invited to boccia classes thanks to funding from Sanctuary Group.

The Manor Boccia and Lunch Club has received £1,000 from Sanctuary Group’s Grand ideas Fund to run boccia sessions until December 2015.

Boccia is a precision ball sport, similar to bowls, where competitors have to throw balls as close as they can to a target jack from a seated position. The game is suitable for those with reduced mobility and disabilities, as well as able bodied people.

The boccia sessions will take place at The Manor Gym on Manor Road from 1 June, every Monday during term time from 12 noon until 2pm and will run for 36 weeks.

Residents will be invited to enjoy a game of boccia followed by a healthy lunch and refreshments. The sessions will encourage residents to make friends, socialise and enjoy the healthy benefits of a game that requires gentle skill and subtlety.

Marie-Claire Berreen, Sanctuary’s head of community investment, said: “We are committed to investing in community-led programmes and projects that benefit residents in the communities in which we operate. It is clear that residents really value what they get out of these boccia sessions and we are delighted our funding will help reach out further in the community and allow others to benefit from this exciting activity.”

Tanya Burbridge, organiser of the boccia classes, added: “We are delighted with Sanctuary’s kind donation. The people who attend these classes find both the boccia class and lunch club beneficial to their health and wellbeing and it provides a great opportunity for them to have fun and socialise. We have a great time during the sessions and do get quite competitive.”

This project was funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.

For further information please contact Tanya on 07788 992205 or email the.manor@btconnect.com.