Al Bustan Centre & Residence hosts first training course for Boccia game referees and coaches

Published March 25th, 2010 - 01:26 GMT

Al Bustan Centre & Residence, the deluxe hotel apartments and shopping arcade which offers world-class services and facilities in the heart of Dubai, hosted recently the first training course to qualify Boccia game referees and coaches.

The event was organized by UAE Disabled Sports Federation and Al Bustan Centre & Residence at the Al Nahda Banquet Hall and more than 60 referees and coaches from different disabled and sports clubs in the UAE attended the event. Selected and qualified instructors from the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA) delivered lectures at the event. The training course highlighted the recent rules of the Boccia game which have been introduced for people with special needs.

Boccia (pronounced “Botcha”) originated from a Greek ball-tossing sport originally designed for people with cerebral palsy that can be played by anyone socially. Sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, Boccia is a full Paralympic sport that can be played from recreational levels up to Paralympics status.  

Moussa El Hayek, COO of Al Bustan Centre & Residence, said: “Al Bustan Centre is indeed very happy to host the first training course qualifying Boccia Game referees and coaches. This is part of the continuous efforts of the property to support the sports events of people with special needs. We have always believed in giving back to society in meaningful ways that will truly make a difference to those less privileged.”
As one of the most well known hospitality names in Dubai, Al Bustan Centre and Residence is designed to be the favoured shopping and fun destination for the whole family. The luxurious residential, shopping and entertainment complex comprises of 640 suites, a comprehensive shopping mall with over 95 outlets and one of the popular indoor amusement arcades in the UAE. A progressive oriented organization, it has been much lauded for its efforts to promote social, health and environment issues in innovative ways.

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