Grantham College student to be official for Boccia England

Grantham College student Matthew Annan chosen as official. He is the offical to the left of the picture. Photo courtesy of Boccia England
Grantham College student Matthew Annan chosen as official. He is the offical to the left of the picture. Photo courtesy of Boccia England
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Grantham College carpentry student Matthew Annan has been chosen as one of 350 aspiring young athletes, coaches and officials from across the country to be given the unique opportunity to take part in an inspiring four-day residential experience later this month by Boccia England.

The Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp 2014 is a major event and is being held at Loughborough University from December 19-22, when Matthew will take on the role as an official.

He has been selected following on from a nomination by Boccia England due to his talent and potential as a Boccia official and exceptional commitment in supporting Boccia and the developments of his officiating qualities.

Matthew has been playing with Boccia England for four years and really enjoys both the playing and refereeing aspects of the sport which always challenges him. Boccia was first started for people with cerebral palsy, which Matthew has a mild version of, but is now played by people with a wide variety of disabilities.

Matthew started playing at school and worked his way up very quickly to national level and plays for his local club in Sleaford.

As well as enjoying playing the sport Matthew has progressed into refereeing with his first experience being at a regional competition in Nottingham earlier this year for Boccia England where he volunteered as a referee. This experience made Matthew realise he wanted to progress with the refereeing side of the sport so he took his regional qualification in November but through his attendance at the National Talent Camp and further training and experience he is hoping to get his national officiating qualifications.

Mary Johnson, from Boccia England, said: “Matthew’s energy, enthusiasm and dedication to Boccia is outstanding and he is a great role model for both players and referees.”

During the camp, Matthew will have the opportunity to participate in active and practical role focused workshops, learn from likeminded young athletes, coaches and officials from across the country all of whom have the aim of being the best.

Matthew said: “I am really honoured to have been selected to attend the Youth Sport Trust National Camp at Loughborough University and the prospects of meeting other talented athletes, coaches and officials, and developing my abilities as an official excites me. It is my dream to officiate at the Paralympics.”