Sport students chosen to referee regional Boccia tournament

Two Cambridge Regional College students who helped run a Boccia tournament have been chosen to referee at the regional tournament of the Paralympic sport.

John Tobeck and Simon Cooper were among a group of fellow Sport students who took a key role in running the Cambridgeshire tournament where they impressed Boccia England officials.

The students, all training to be sports leaders and higher sports leaders alongside their course, received specialist training in officiating and coaching boccia in the run-up to the county tournament.

The fast-growing sport, similar to bowls with players competing sitting down, offers physically disabled youngsters the chance to compete all the way up to international level.

Marc Scott from Boccia England with Simon Cooper and John Tobeck

Eleven teams from six schools took part in the Cambridgeshire competition, hosted by Cambridge Regional College, and organised by Living Sport. Marc Scott from Boccia England, who attended the event on a talent-spotting visit to find the stars of the future, was also on the lookout for outstanding CRC students to officiate at the regional competition.

Sarah Allen, student liaison and enrichment co-ordinator at CRC, said: “Congratulations to Simon and John for being selected to officiate at the regional tournament. All the students did a fantastic job at the county tournament but Simon and John were the ones chosen to go the next step up as they demonstrated good knowledge, application of the rules, and a professional outlook.

“We play boccia in college, and our sport students often play alongside our foundation learning students – it’s an accessible sport which is great for everyone.”

For more information, please contact Lynn O’Shea, Cambridge Regional College Press Officer, on 01223 418773 or email

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