AN appearance at regional school finals awaits the boccia team at Hartford’s Greenbank School.

This follows the achievements of six students in the county boccia school finals, an event they won after qualifying through their victory in the Vale Royal School Partnership finals.

The Greenbank team, featuring 14 to 16-year-olds Isaac Starkey, Callum Coombes, George Downes, Bailey Allen, Richard Adeniji and Harrison Street, were put into a regional schools finals group that also featured Macclesfield School, Springfield A and Springfield B.

“All schools provided tough competition, however, Team Greenbank went on to win two out of the three games which made them the county boccia school champions,” said PE coordinator, Jon-Paul Kenny.

“This is a massive achievement for the students who demonstrated skill, hard work, determination and sportsmanship - a well deserved victory for the performances they demonstrated on the day.”

He added: “The students will now be training hard as they have the opportunity to represent Greenbank School at the boccia reginal school finals in a couple of months’ time.”

Boccia, pronounced 'bot-cha', is similar to bowls in that athletes throw, kick or use a ramp to propel a ball onto the court with the aim of getting closest to a 'jack' ball.

It is played indoors in an area about the same size as a badminton court.