A NEW project could be launched to help disabled people break into the sporting world.

Special Olympics Bury, working in partnership with Jigsaw, hope to set up a new and inclusive group for disabled people of all abilities to engage in boccia — a precision ball sport that tests muscle control and accuracy.

The organisations have applied to the Aviva Community Fund for a grant of between £5,000 and £10,000 to make their 'Break into Boccia' group a reality.

Katherine Edge, team captain of Bury Bombers Wheelchair Basketball Club, has been an active member of Special Olympics Bury for six years.

She said: "Boccia is my favourite sport and I am extremely proud to be the team captain for Bury Bombers.

"My team competes in the National Boccia England League. Being involved in boccia with Special Olympics Bury has allowed me to make new friends, increase my self-esteem, confidence levels and improved my leadership and communication skills. It has also helped me maintain an active lifestyle.

"I believe this funding will allow other young disabled adults to access such a fun and inclusive sport. I want others to experience the great benefits of boccia."

The project aims to extend the provision of the sport to help disabled people to engage in a fun, recreational activity, allowing them to meet new people and build friendships.

Residents have been asked to vote for the 'Break into Boccia' project that has been submitted to Aviva's health and wellbeing category.

To vote, visit https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-1195.