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PACE Jack Petchey trip to London Zoo

Published August 29, 2017

Congratulations to Jamie Keat, who received the Jack Petchey Achievement Award in June. Jamie joined PACE in 2012, aged seven years old. Over the past five years, Jamie has developed to become a crucial member in the PACE A team, helping them win this seasons Boccia National League Finals. With his new boccia ramp, Jamie is keen to work hard and take the next step in his boccia career. PACE members said the following things about Jamie when nominating him… Jamie is a nice guy He’s always friendly and easy to talk to He makes me laugh! Jamie chose to treat the PACE members […]

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FREE MCD taster sessions for local day-centres and organisations!

Published July 24, 2017

PACE are offering a FREE MCD taster session at your day centre or organisation, to take place between the 31st July and the 18th of August. Allow your service users to experience the physical, social and emotional benefits of sport! All activities are adapted and inclusive to ensure active participation from all members. Ideal group sizes are 6-8 participants with two staff members. Sessions typically last 90 minutes and can take place in the morning or afternoon. Activities can be included to meet the interests and requirements of your group. Our MCD service has seen hundreds of inactive people participate in […]

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Thank you to our pace4PACE 2017 runners.

Published July 22, 2017

A huge THANK YOU to all of our members, fans, friends and supporters that turned up to participate in the pace4PACE Fun Run 2017! Despite the weather conditions, over 30 registered runners took part in the fun run, travelling distances of 2km, 5km or 10km, hosted at Perivale Park Athletics Track. Donations are still being accepted, so it’s not too late to support our runners!

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PACE A crowned National Boccia League Champions!

Published July 9, 2017

On July 1st, the PACE A Boccia squad attended the National league finals after coming 1st in the London League for the third year in a row. Having come 13th and 11th in the previous two years PACE knew it was going to be a very tough competition. PACE A squad included Alex Dukes (C), Jamie Keat, Reshad Saraj, and Ramandeep Mann. Before the competition began, the team discussed the game plan they were aiming to implement and their individual and team targets for the day. Reshad would play from box 1-2, Alex in box 3-4 and Jamie would play from box 5-6, with Ramandeep […]

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pace4PACE 2017 – registration still open!

Published July 6, 2017

pace4PACE 2017 has been confirmed! The event will take place at Perivale Park Athletics Track, Stockdove Way, UB6 8TJ. Choose your challenge of 2km, 5km or 10km and fundraise for PACE! Donations and sponsorships can be made online here. PACE members, their friends, families and all supporters of PACE are welcome to attend the event. To take part in run; Fill out the pace4PACE 2017 registration form Promote and share the pace4PACE fundraising page. Alternatively, click “Start Fundraising” to register and create your own unique fundraising page, so you can track what you raise. Share a link to the donations page on your social network. Encourage friends, families and work colleagues […]

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PACE A champions of London for a third successive season!

Published June 24, 2017

We are delighted to announce that the PACE A boccia team have been crowned the London Boccia league champions for a third consecutive year! With nine wins out of ten, they have exceeded the attempts of PACE B to wrestle the title from them for this season. Over the last four months, five teams from the London area competed to become champions and gain qualification to the National League Finals, which take place on July 1st. This season has been far the most competitive to date, yet still PACE A managed to rack up impressive figures, conceding an average of 1.4 points per […]

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Hanwell Carnival Success!

Published June 20, 2017

On the 17th June 2017, PACE attended the Hanwell Carnival. This event takes place every year, and is one of our major fundraising events, contributing to the sustainability of our services over the coming year. Activities on the PACE stall are aimed at people of all ages and include henna artists, face painters, lucky dips and a tombola. We would like to thank everybody who attended this years Hanwell Carnival and supported PACE in any way. Staff, volunteers and members of PACE battled through the hot conditions to help set up the gazebos, paint faces, provide high-quality henna services, deliver our tombola […]

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Reshad Saraj crowned Boccia England Athlete of the Year

Published June 20, 2017

Congratulations to Reshad Saraj, who has been awarded the Boccia England “Athlete of the Year” award. Reshad was presented the award at the recent BE Cup competition in May, where he finished in second place and gained qualification for the GB Championships, to be held in August. Reshad is the first athlete from PACE to receive this award, and it is well deserved!  Here are a few of his major achievements from the last season; Winning gold at the Polska Boccia Open, Poznan. Winning gold at the BE Cup finals in 2016 Winning gold at the Heathcoat finals in 2016 Winning gold at the […]

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pace4PACE 2017 – Registration open!

Published May 22, 2017

pace4PACE 2017 has been confirmed! The event will take place at Perivale Park Athletics Track, Stockdove Way, UB6 8TJ. Choose your challenge of 2km, 5km or 10km and fundraise for PACE! Donations and sponsorships can be made online here. PACE members, their friends, families and all supporters of PACE are welcome to attend the event. To take part in run; Fill out the pace4PACE 2017 registration form Promote and share the pace4PACE fundraising page. Alternatively, click “Start Fundraising” to register and create your own unique fundraising page, so you can track what you raise. Share a link to the donations page on your social network. Encourage friends, families and work colleagues […]

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Heathcoat Cup Final Review

Published May 4, 2017

In the beginning of February, PACE attended the Heathcoat Cup rounds competition in Hatfield, where they enjoyed tremendous success. PACE brought along three athletes, who all medalled. Two of the athletes, Mitchell Robinson and Ramandeep Mann qualified for the Heathcoat Cup Finals, with respective gold and silver medals. The Heathcoat cup is a competition that also allows pan-disability athletes, that may not receive BC1-4 classifications to compete. Mitchell Robinson had high expectations of himself after he won gold in the previous round of the Heathcoat cup. It was an early start for him, with his first match starting at 08.45am. This didn’t faze […]

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Match Review: PACE B vs Hackney Warriors

Published May 2, 2017

On the Saturday 22nd of April 2017, PACE B played the second match of the season at Havelock Community Centre. After a promising first match PACE B were looking to build the momentum and take the first place in the London league. Standing in their way and hoping to come out victorious were the Hackney Warriors. Fresh of their gruelling match a couple of weeks ago against the PACE A team (which you can read here) Hackney Warriors were fully expecting another tough match. PACE B fielded quite a young team. Aiden Robinson made his full competitive debut whilst Mitchel […]

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Match review; PACE A vs Hackney Warriors

Published April 18, 2017

Match review: Pace A VS Hackney Warriors On Sunday April 9th, Pace A’s boccia league campaign got underway with a match against the Hackney Warriors. After a fantastic season last year, where they won the London league, PACE A were looking to start strongly and were aiming for qualification for the National League finals. To do this, PACE A were targeting 5 wins out of their first six games. PACE A’s opponents, Hackney Warriors, are a team that are very familiar to PACE. It is always a very competitive match between the two teams and this year was no different. […]

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PACE athletes impress at the BE Cup Playoffs

Published March 29, 2017

The second stage of The BE Cup competition took place on 26 March 2017 at Hatfield. The prize up for grabs was qualification for the BE Cup Finals, in Sheffield. PACE took 4 athletes to the competition Alex Dukes – BC1 Reshad Saraj – BC2 Jamie Keat – BC3 Jagjit Chuk – BC3 The BC 1 competition is always competitive and this competition was no exception. Alex had a long day ahead of him starting with a tough match against Justin Allen. Alex put in a strong performance to beat Justin 7-0. He played some precision boccia to put pressure on […]

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The BE Cup Review

Published February 15, 2017

The BE Cup is one the most important competitions in the Boccia season and took place on the 5th of Febuary in Hatfield. This year, two PACE Boccia athletes represented PACE at the BE Cup, Reshad in the BC2 category and Jamie in the BC3 category. The BC3 category has always been very competitive, and this year’s matches were no different. Jamie, like in previous years was placed in a tough group: Richard Amos – Current BC3 BE Cup National Champion Will Arnott – Current England player. Jonah Wright – Ex England Lions player Jamie, going into these matches knew […]

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Heathcoat Cup 2017 Review

Published February 9, 2017

The Heathcoat and BE Cups are one the most important competitions in the Boccia season. Players from all across England enter and compete from first-timers to GB Internationals. The competitions took place on the 4th and 5th of February, in Hatfield. PACE Boccia entered five of their athletes, across both events. A record number! First up, was the Heathcoat Cup. PACE Boccia debuted two new players. Mitchel Robinson and Savraj Sehra, along with PACE Boccia veteran, Ramandeep Mann. Ramandeep Mann kicked things off, and what a start it was. She faced off against Curtis Rolton, playing a fantastic match, completely […]

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Kavita and Geeta Help Raise Funds for PACE

Published February 1, 2017

We are pleased to announce that one of our volunteers, Kavita has teamed up with Geeta, from Stella & Dot, to raise funds for PACE. Stella & Dot is a company empowering women, whether through flexible earning power or increasing their self confidence. They do this by providing a platform to promote and sell crafted goods, without the need for a retail outlet. They also provide a strong support network and social events, that can help forge lifelong friendships. This year, Geeta is supporting a different charity each month with the help of Kavita of KV Mendhi. Geeta will provide […]

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PACE Head Coach selected as Finalist for a BEDSA

Published January 30, 2017

We are delighted to announce that our head coach, Sunil Birdy, has been selected as a finalist in the “Coach of the year” category. The BEDSAs were founded by Sporting Equals, an organisation working closely wth Sport England that is committed to promoting and encouraging ethnic diversity in sport. Previous winners of a BEDSA include Lewis Hamilton, Frank Bruno, Chris Powell, Ali Jawad and Jessica Ennis-Hill. Sunil has coached the England boccia squad in the BC4 classification since 2015 and has overseen the development of international athletes who have gone on to claim medals at national and international level.  As a well known and highly rated […]

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PACE recruits Alex Dukes as an Intern for 2017

Published January 25, 2017

We are delighted to announce Alex Dukes has secured an internship with PACE, which will last through to the end of 2017. Titled Time to Shine, this position is aimed at charities and young people across the UK. Set up by the Rank Foundation, partnered with Jack Petchey, Time to Shine’s main philosophy is to expand, grow and connect with other charities and young interns in the Time to Shine program. The internship also offers other funding opportunities for the charities throughout the year. Something that can be of real valuable for PACE. This marks a significant and important milestone for […]

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Alex Dukes kicks off 2017 with a silver in the BE Cup Qualifiers

Published January 20, 2017

This past weekend marked the start of the competition phase of the Boccia season for PACE. Alex Dukes, our PACE Boccia captain, was the first to compete at the BE cup qualifiers in Guilford. Stretching over one day, Alex played in four very tense Boccia matches. This was a new venue for Alex, playing on a new surface. Incidentally, it’s the same surface that was played on at the Rio Paralympics! Alex played very well, winning three out of the four matches and finishing the competition in second place. In the process, he qualified for the next round of competition in March, […]

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PACE Benefactor Sadly Passes Away

Published December 28, 2016

PACE Benefactor, Mr S T Chopra,  Sadly Passes Away It is with great sadness we announce our major benefactor, Mr Shri Tota Chopra, passed away earlier this year, following a long period of illness. Mr Chopra was very proud of everyone at PACE, their achievements and the personal development of its members. His thoughts, values and feelings run through the very fabric of PACE and will continue to do so.

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PACE Head Coach Sunil wins UK Community Coach of the Year Award

Published December 7, 2016

Congratulations to our Head Coach Sunil Birdy for receiving the prestigious UK Community Coach of the Year Award at the UK Coaching Awards which took place in London last week. The annual celebration is organised by Sports Coach UK to honour Sports Coaches and Coaching Organisations who have demonstrated outstanding success over the previous 12 months. Sunil fully deserved this recognition for the amazing work he has done at PACE, providing high quality coaching and training for all his athletes from grassroots to international level. His successful coaching strategies have led to an increase in demand for adapted sports programmes, […]

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PACE Head Coach Sunil selected as a Finalist for the category Community Coach of the Year by UK Coaching Awards

Published November 11, 2016

PACE is delighted to announce that our Head Coach, Sunil Birdy, has been selected as a Finalist for the Community Coach of the Year category by UK Coaching Awards. The UK Coaching Awards, now in its 19th year, celebrates excellent coaching at all levels across the UK and for our Head Coach to be shortlisted is an absolute honour for us as a club.   Sunil has continually demonstrated his dedication and commitment to bringing out the best in all his athletes, infusing his coaching style into the core structure of PACE. His successful coaching strategies have led to increased […]

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PACE A and B teams for the 2016-17 announced!

Published October 20, 2016

The lineups for the PACE Boccia A and B team have been announced for the 2016-17 season. The A team remains unchanged, with a blend of experienced heads and young talent, the athletes representing and hoping to be crowned Champions of London for a third consecutive season are; Alex Dukes, Jagjit Chuk, Reshad Saraj, Ramandeep Mann, Jamie Keat   The B team sees two new arrivals this season, as they hope to progress on last seasons second place finish and put pressure on the A team. The athletes representing PACE B will be; Hitesh Ladwa, Savraj Sehra, Arti Dasani, Mitchell Robinson, Aiden […]

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Reshad Saraj claims gold at the Polska Boccia Open

Published October 10, 2016

Congratulations to Reshad Saraj, who has claimed a gold medal within the BC2 classification in Poznan, at the Polska Boccia Open competition. Featuring some of the top athletes from Croatia, England, Germany, Ukraine and Poland, the competition brings together many countries and provides opportunities for athletes to compete internationally. Representing England for the first time, Reshad made light work of the opponents in his group to qualify for the semi finals, beating athletes with a world rankings of 41 and 81 along the way. Reshad performed close to his 100% level and made it through to the final, which he won to […]

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Alex Dukes completes his Level 1 in Coaching and Officiating Boccia

Published September 5, 2016

Congratulations to Alex Dukes! The PACE Boccia captain has successfully complete two qualifications. The 1st4Sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Boccia will give Alex the qualification he needs to assist in the delivery of some PACE sessions. Alex hopes to support the delivery of PACE sessions across four of our five services. He has committed a large amount of time to volunteering, where he has developed his knowledge, experience and coaching style. Alex has supported PACE to deliver sessions in schools and day centres, whilst also assisting with the administrative side of the organisation. In the future, Alex hopes to complete […]

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Reshad is called up to represent England at the Polska Boccia International

Published September 1, 2016

  Congratulations to Reshad Saraj, who will receive his first England cap playing for the international squad at the Polska Boccia International, in Poznan, Poland. The journey to Poland will begin on the 5th of October, with competition beginning on the 7th and lasting three days. This is fantastic news for Reshad and for PACE, he is the first PACE athlete to compete at international level and hopefully won’t be the last! Since being selected for England in September 2015, Reshad has been working hard to reach his goals and has had a successful season, including a 14-match unbeaten run, a gold […]

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Thank you to all of the pace4PACE 2016 runners!

Published July 28, 2016

pace4PACE 2016 saw us leaving our traditional venue, Southall park, and moving to Perivale park athletics track to complete our annual fun run. With it’s racing track, start bell and spectator stands, our runners may have been excused for feeling like they’ve signed up for a main event at the Olympics. Despite the scorching heat at the peak of British Summer, 10 laps of Perivale Park athletics track, equalling a total of 4km was completed by 23 eager PACE volunteers and members. Thank you to everybody involved to make the day successful! The volunteers and members that ran, the supporters that donated and […]

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GB Championships 2016

Published July 25, 2016

Congratulations to Reshad Saraj, who has represented PACE at the GB Championships 2016. Reshad qualified for the competition by going on a 14 game undefeated streak, culminating in a gold medal success at the BE Cup Finals 2016. Ensuring qualification for the highest level competition in the country was always his target, although performing against some of the best athletes in GB is never an easy task. Despite this, Reshad won one of his pool games against Will Hipwell. However, his next match against Claire Morrison, current GB Paralympian saw Reshad suffer his first major competitive defeat of the season. […]

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PACE Boccia develops a satellite club in partnership with John Chilton School

Published July 16, 2016

Following a successful funding bid made to Interactive, PACE were able to deliver 20 boccia sessions during 2015-16 at John Chilton School. John Chilton, based in Northolt, is a school for people with physical disabilities. Some PACE members, including PACE Boccia athletes Alex Dukes and Jagjit Chuk studied at John Chilton in their younger years. Progressive skills sessions, as well as match play, learning about rules and different techniques were delivered to the group of learners, by PACE coaches Sunil Birdy and Alex Dukes. Following the delivery of 20 boccia sessions, John Chilton enjoyed the programme so much and saw […]

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Hanwell Carnival 2016

Published June 10, 2016

Support the PACE members and volunteers with their fundraising at The Hanwell Carnival 2016. The carnival will take place from 10am-5pm at; Elthorne Park, Boston Road Hanwell  For a map of the venue, please click here. Carnival fundraising is crucial for PACE, as it helps generate the funds required to ensure sustainability of our services each year. With a tombola, lucky dips, face painters, henna artists and more, we’re hoping this years carnival will be our most successful yet! We are searching for talented face painters/henna artists, as well as NEW and UNUSED items that can be used as prizes on […]

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Muffy takes on the Ironman 70.3 Challenge!

Published June 5, 2016

On June 12th, in Staffordshire, one of the PACE coaches will be taking on the Ironman 70.3 challenge, to raise money for PACE and Rotary Charity Fundraisers. Mufaddal Trunkwala, better known at PACE as Muffy, has been working with PACE as a coach from the start of 2016. He has delivered boccia programmes at schools, as well as multi-sport challenge day sessions, in day centres across West London. He has balanced his work at PACE whilst studying and training. The Iron Man 70.3 Challenge is a challenge that consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle and a 13.1 mile […]

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Gold medal success at the BE Cup Finals 2016!

Published May 26, 2016

Congratulations to Alex and Reshad, who have had a successful weekend at the BE Cup Finals, held at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield on the 21st-22nd of May 2016. Club Captain, Alex Dukes attended his fourth consecutive BE Cup Finals, with his highest placed finish being second, in 2015. Whilst the 2016 Finals features the top ten BC1 athletes in the country, competing in the BC1 classification has never been easy. Especially with World Number 3, David Smith present, pushing for another trophy and making his preparations for Rio 2016. Alex started off well and beat Tia (6-3) and Maxine (3-2) although unfortunately was […]

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“On Your Marks” at Gurnell Leisure Centre

Published April 8, 2016

The second block of On Your Marks sessions will be commencing shortly, from May 9th – July 11th, at Gurnell Leisure Centre, Greenford. PACE will be continuing the delivery of this project, working in partnership with Gurnell Leisure Centre. Participants will receive opportunities to access adapted and accessible programmes of competitive multi-sport activity. For more information about the On Your Marks project at Gurnell Leisure Centre, please click here.

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PACE receives the Jack Petchey Crystal Award

Published March 18, 2016

PACE are delighted to announce that it has been given a £1,500 award by the Jack Petchey Foundation in recognition of its amazing work with young people. The Crystal Award marks the 15th anniversary of the Jack Petchey Foundation and PACE was one of 150 organisations to receive this Award. The Crystal Award will be used to extend PACE delivery further into the community, giving more young people an opportunity to experience a paralympic sport. This Award is being used to deliver boccia sessions to a group of young people from Acton College who are predominantly on the autistic spectrum. […]

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Freesport project sees WLC students access boccia

Published February 12, 2016

Following the success of the development of boccia in London, PACE will be delivering two ten-week blocks of boccia to two different departments at the West London College. The ten-week programmes are designed to provide learners with an insight into the rules, techniques and basic tactics of the game and concludes with a mini-tournament. Learners that may be identified as potential future boccia leaders or athletes, will be signposted to PACE Boccia, where they can continue their development. This project has been made possible thanks to Freesport, who provide grants to local sports clubs, youth groups and community organisations that provide free sporting activities […]

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PACE develops satellite boccia club at John Chilton School

Published January 22, 2016

Following the success of our athletes at PACE Boccia, the strengthening of our coaching workforce and the increasing demand for inclusive and accessible sporting activities, PACE have been successfully awarded funding from Interactive to develop a “Satellite Club” at the John Chilton School, in Northolt. The project consists of 20 weeks of funded boccia coaching, to provide students with the opportunity to take part in structured and progressive sessions, where they can learn some of the basic boccia tactics and techniques. Appropriate athletes who are committed and want to continue their involvement will be invited to attend the satellite club after […]

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PACE continues the delivery of the On Your Marks project

Published January 9, 2016

PACE are delighted to announce that they will be continuing the delivery of the On Your Mark project, at Gurnell Leisure centre and Northolt Leisure centre. The On Your Marks project was a three-year project run by Ealing Council, aimed to improve participation in physical activity, amongst adults with complex and profound multiple learning difficulties. Following the end of the project funding and the success of the project, PACE has agreed to work alongside Northolt Leisure centre (run by Everybody Active) and Gurnell Leisure Centre (run by GLL) to continue the delivery of the project. Multi-sport sessions will run in […]

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Annual Awards 2015 are just around the corner!

Published December 3, 2015

Our annual awards 2015 are rapidly approaching, with the event taking place on Saturday 5th December. All are welcome to an event showcasing the achievements of our members, successes of our boccia squad and much more. Full event details can be found here.

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PACE athletes aim for BE Cup success

Published November 28, 2015

Four athletes will be representing PACE at the BE Cup – Guildford on Sunday December 6th. Alex, Reshad, Jamie and Jagjit will be hoping for a performance and medal success at their first competition of the season. Success in this competition will allow our athletes to qualify for the BE Cup playoffs, which will take place in January. The full schedule of play can be found here. Good luck to Alex, Reshad, Jamie and Jagjit!    

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PACE members attend the Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony 2015

Published October 16, 2015

Congratulations to the four Jack Petchey Award winners, who attended the Jack Petchey Foundation Awards on Wednesday October 14th 2015. The awards, held in The Camden Centre, showcases the achievements of the inspirational people across London who have won the Jack Petchey Achievement award and Leaders award. This year, Saad Ahmad won the Jack Petchey Leaders Award. Saad has made a tremendous contribution to the delivery of our PACE Multi-sport and Leisure service, providing opportunities for a wide range of disabled people to develop their physical and social skills, as well as meeting new people. Saad is a reliable and committed […]

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Thank you for supporting Pace4PACE Fun Run

Published September 11, 2015

A very big thank you to everyone for getting involved, directly or indirectly, in the Pace4PACE Fun Run held on 5 September 2015 at Southall Park. Your kind support for PACE is welcomed and we hope that you will keep supporting our club and the work it does in the future. We hope you will continue to support PACE in the future to enhance and increase the opportunities PACE provides for its members to actively participate in sports and leisure activities. A special thank you to all our volunteers, who have helped to make the Pace4PACE Fun Run event such […]

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PACE Boccia athletes selected onto England Talent Pathway

Published September 2, 2015

We are delighted to announce that three PACE Boccia athletes have been selected onto the England Talent Pathway (ETP). The ETP is run by Boccia England and includes the England squad, as well as the Lions and Talent squads. Reshad Saraj has been selected for England. He is the first PACE Boccia athlete to achieve this having collected a number of gold, silver and bronze medals at regional level. Reshad’s breakthrough season was in 2014 where he finished 2nd in the nationals after loosing 5-3 in a thrilling final with Paralympic Gold Medallist, Dan Bentley. He qualified for the GB Championships, […]

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Support the pace4PACE 2015 fun run!

Published July 6, 2015

The pace4PACE fun run is drawing closer! You can support PACE by completing the challenging 4km fun run, with uphill areas and difficult turns this really will be a great challenge for everybody involved! Don’t be put off though, it’s not a race and all runners are encouraged to go at their own pace. The fun run will take place on Saturday 5th September at 12.00 (midday) in Southall Park, Uxbridge Road, Southall UB1 3AL. Please aim to arrive by 11.30am for a warm up. A map of the park can be found by clicking here. If you’d like to take part […]

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PACE A team finish 11th in National League Finals

Published July 6, 2015

Following their success in winning the London league, the PACE Boccia A team were rewarded with qualification into the National League Finals, where the top teams from different regions across the country compete for the crown of National League Champions. Often, only athletes with complex physical conditions will receive a classification to compete at regional, national or international level. The National League features athletes with a range of conditions, from mild learning difficulties to complex physical disabilities. This pan-disability competition provides all athletes with a disability the opportunity to play competitive boccia. The PACE A team played well, with some clear […]

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PACE Boccia A team crowned Champions of London!

Published June 20, 2015

Congratulations to the PACE Boccia A team, who recently finished top of the pan-disability London national boccia league. The national boccia league is a pan-disability competition, meaning that athletes with any form of physical or learning difficulty can participate. With a flawless record of six wins out of six, the PACE A team thoroughly deserved to win the London league this season, with Alex, Reshad, Ramandeep, Jagjit and Jamie all putting in consistently high performances throughout the season. Their reward will be a trip to Sheffield to compete in the National Boccia League Finals, where the top teams from around the country […]

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Janki Dasani wins Jack Petchey Award for April

Published June 14, 2015

Congratulations to Janki Dasani, who has been awarded the Jack Petchey award for her commitment to volunteering and supporting the members at PACE. Janki joined PACE as a member in 2005, when she was only 5 years old. Over the last nine years, she has made a fantastic contribution to the club. Janki regularly supports people when they first join PACE.  Her proficiency in sign language has proved invaluable for many of our members, she is a clear communicator and has supported many disabled people to make friends and access our activities.  

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PACE athlete success at the Boccia England National Finals

Published May 5, 2015

Congratulations to the four PACE Boccia athletes that qualified to represent PACE at this year’s Boccia England National Finals. The competition took place on the 25th-26th of April, at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. Jagjit Chuk, a BC3 classified veteran of the competition, made his way up to Sheffield with his new boccia ramp, which he has been working hard to fundraise for. Having trained for a few months with his new ramp, the improvement in his play was clear as he forced England Lions athlete Lewis Fisher into a tie-break. Unfortunately, Jagjit didn’t beat the experienced Debbie Carsberg […]

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National League Review: PACE B vs Brimsdown Gotchas

Published April 13, 2015

It’s that time again, another year, another exciting Boccia season ahead of us The Pace B team had the honour of kicking their season off with two fixtures against The Brimsdown Gotchas. Here were the teams: PACE B: Hitesh (c), Sandip, Arti Brimsdown Gotchas: Joe (c), Emily, Jake The first match was a nervous, tense match for both teams. The Brimsdown Gotchas, to their credit, coped with it rather well and capitalised on PACE’s missed shots. Most of the action was down the middle of the court with space either side of the Jack. Special mention goes out to the Brimsdown Gotchas’ captain, Joe, […]

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PACE Head Coach nominated for BEDSA

Published March 14, 2015

We are delighted to announce that in February, Sunil was nominated to receive the Coach of the Year award, at the British Ethnic Diversity in Sport Awards, held in Coventry. The British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSA) are the first of an annual ceremony rewarding excellence among black and minority ethnic  (BME) sports men and women, help to increase sports participation by all communities and show how BME people can lead a healthier lifestyle. Fellow nominees in the Coach of the Year category include Chris Powell, ex-England international footballer and manager of Huddersfield Town, and Paula Dunn, Head Coach of […]

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London Regional Boccia Success

Published February 4, 2015

Congratulations to the three athletes that represented PACE at the London Regional Boccia Championships, held at the University of East London, on February 1st 2015. Reshad, Ramandeep and Jamie arrived early on Sunday morning to warm up, represent PACE and hopefully claim some medals. The first match of the day was our highly talented 10 year old athlete, Jamie Keat, up against GB international athlete, Jess Hunter. Coming up against an athlete of this calibre is always tough, especially at the start of the day. Jamie communicated effectively and decisively with his assistant, playing some good shots to win an […]

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Regional Boccia Success

Published January 20, 2015

On Saturday the 17th of January 2015, four PACE Boccia athletes,  Alex, Reshad, Ramandeep and Jagjit, attended the South East Regional Championships, held in Surrey. This was the largest South East Regionals that PACE athletes have competed in, with a group stage format, followed by knockout stages. Ramandeep had a tough group, with former paralympic gold medallist, Dan Bentley, the biggest name in her group. She played some accurate boccia, placing her balls on the Jack on numerous occasions. Unfortunately, her group was extremely tough and she was unable to finish top to qualify for the knockout stages. A great performance, […]

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Sunil Birdy named England BC4 Coach

Published January 20, 2015

PACE is delighted to announce that Sunil Birdy has been selected as the new Boccia England BC4 coach. He will unfortunately be leaving his role as England Lions BC4 coach and will now be working closely with the international squad. Having developed PACE Boccia in 2008, Sunil’s athletes have gone on to have great success at levels of their choice. Medals include 3 Golds, 9 Silvers and 5 Bronze medals at regional, national and GB level. Sunil has been coaching the England Talent and Lions squad since 2012. When asked about his achievement, Sunil said… This is a real honour […]

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PACE Panthers Crowned National Teams and Pairs Champions!

Published December 10, 2014

Congratulations to the PACE Panthers, who have been crowned the National Teams and Pairs Champions 2014! After a gruelling day of competition, the PACE Panthers, featuring Alex (C), Ramandeep and Reshad earned their first medal in this competition. Facing some incredibly strong teams, featuring paralympic and international gold medallists, the PACE Panthers played some phenomenal boccia throughout the course of the day. After a slow start to the competition for the Panthers, Ramandeep Mann found form and inspired her team to qualify from the group stages with some wonderfully executed lay-up shots. With her accuracy, Reshad’s knowledge and Alex’s experience, […]

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Seven brave volunteers bungee jumping for PACE

Published October 29, 2014

On December 14th 2014, Daveshee, Darvesh, Jyoti, Harj, Deepak, Bharti and Anil will be bungee jumping 160 feet off Middlesborough bridge, all to raise money for PACE. This is the second fundraising event organised by Daveshee and her friends/family. They completed a skydive in April and have been on the search for their next extreme challenge since. If you’d like to sponsor any of the jumpers, please click here When asked about the bungie jump, Daveshee said… Bungee jumping has always been something that I’ve wanted to do, so doing it in support of PACE seemed like the perfect combination. […]

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Sunil Birdy wins National Boccia Participation Coach of the Year

Published October 15, 2014

Congratulations to Sunil Birdy, who has been awarded National Boccia Participation Coach of the Year 2014. The award was presented at the Boccia England Coaching Conference 2014, held in Sheffield. Sunil has overseen the development of PACE Boccia, where athletes have claimed 2 Golds, 7 Silvers and 3 Bronze medals at Regional level. 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals at National Level, as well as 1 Silver Medal at the GB Championships. His success with the PACE Boccia squad has also resulted in him developing his skills and coaching with the England Lions Squad, in the BC4 classification. In addition […]

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pace4PACE Fun Run 2014

Published September 8, 2014

The pace4PACE 4km Fun Run took place on Saturday 6th of September, at 12.00pm, in Southall Park. A record number of runners registered to take part in the run, raising the profile of the club and generating much-needed funds for PACE. All of the runners did fantastically well, with the fastest time set being 16 minutes and 41 seconds. For many of our members, travelling the 4km course is a big challenge with it’s sharp turns and uphill areas. Congratulations to all of the runners! Thank you to everybody who registered, worked hard with their fundraising and took part in […]

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Izzy Ryan awarded National Young Coach of the Year by Boccia England

Published August 4, 2014

Congratulations to Izzy Ryan, who has been selected by Boccia England as the National Young Coach of the Year. Izzy has been working hard on the National Young Coaches Academy (NYCA), designed to provide some of the brightest young coaches with opportunities to develop their skills and work alongside other high level athletes and coaches. Aside from her knowledge and coaching style, Izzy also received this award for her “questioning skills and ability to work independently”. When asked about her experience, Izzy said… Izzy- National Young Coaches Academy In December 2013 I was selected to represent PACE by being one […]

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pace4PACE fun run

Published July 29, 2014

The pace4PACE fun run is drawing closer! You can support PACE by completing the challenging 4km fun run, with uphill areas and difficult turns this really will be a great challenge for everybody involved! Don’t be put off though, it’s not a race and all runners are encouraged to go at their own pace. The fun run will take place on Saturday 6th September at 12.00 (midday) in Southall Park, Uxbridge Road, Southall UB1 3AL A map of the park can be found by clicking here. If you’d like to take part in the race or want more information, please register by […]

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Farah and Nala win Jack Petchey Achievement Awards

Published July 29, 2014

The Jack Petchey Award Winner for March was Farah, who won her award for the dedication and commitment she has put into PACE, supporting vulnerable people to participate in multi-sport and leisure activities. Farah has decided to take the PACE group to the Urban Farm, in Hounslow. June’s award winner was Nala, who is a kind, gentle and considerate member of our club. She has won the award for her desire to improve, take part and challenge herself at each session. Nala has decided to take the group on a bowling trip, in Park Royal. Congratulations to both award winners!

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GB Boccia Championships Review

Published May 15, 2014

The Great British Boccia Championships took place on the 8th and 9th of May 2014 at the Robin Park Arena, Wigan. Having qualified from the National Finals, Alex (BC1 Bronze) and Reshad (BC2 Silver) travelled up to Wigan to represent PACE. This is the second time Alex has qualified for the GB Championships and he was joined by Reshad making his first appearance at this competition. With all the group games on the first day, both athletes worked incredibly hard to maintain their energy levels and concentration from 9am through to 6pm. Reshad had an incredibly tough group, featuring Scottish […]

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Daveshee, Darvesh and Deepak skydive for PACE

Published April 23, 2014

For many people, Easter weekend is about spending time with the family, relaxing and enjoying a break from work. The same cannot be said for three PACE volunteers, Daveshee, Darvesh and Deepak. Instead of following the trend and tucking into a chocolate egg, they decided to raise money for PACE by travelling to Peterborough and completing an extreme challenge, skydiving from a height of 13,000 feet. This is the first time any PACE volunteer has attempted this kind of challenge. Prior to the jump, Daveshee, Darvesh and Deepak have been working hard with their fundraising and promoting the event. When […]

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Boccia England National Finals 2014 Review

Published April 2, 2014

The Boccia England National Championships took place on the 29th and 30th March 2014, in the Worcester Arena, Worcester. This competition features the top players from around the county, all competing for the title of National Champion. Having qualified through the London Regionals, Alex (BC1 Gold), Jagjit (BC3 Silver) and Reshad (BC2 Bronze) were all hoping to add to their regional medal collection with a first medal at National Level. Jagjit Chuk (BC3) Jagjit got off to a great start in the group stages, beating Muninder Hayer 5-1. The competition got tougher for him and as the weekend went on, […]

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PACE Boccia vs Brimsdown Gotchas

Published March 11, 2014

The PACE A and PACE B have both completed their home and away fixtures against The Brimsdown Gotchas. PACE A fielded a strong starting line up, with three athletes, Alex, Reshad and Jagjit, on the England Talent Pathway. Both matches were incredibly close, with the first one finishing 6-5 to PACE. The athletes were happy with this result, however they were hoping for more points to put themselves in a good position in the league. The Brimsdown Gotchas fielded a slightly different team for their second game. The changes made a difference as they took five out of six ends. […]

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Daveshee, Darvesh and Deepak skydive to raise money for PACE

Published February 17, 2014

One of our PACE volunteers, along with her two brothers, have decided they would like to complete an extreme challenge, in order to fundraise for PACE. With this in mind, Daveshee, Darvesh and Deepak have signed up to complete a skydive at the North London Skydive Centre, on the 19th of April, in Cambridgeshire. This will be the first time any PACE volunteer has taken on this kind of challenge! Jumping from a height of 13,000, Daveshee, Darvesh and Deepak are hoping to raise as much money as they can for the club. Donations and sponsorship can be made online, […]

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PACE Boccia Athletes impress at the London Regionals

Published January 24, 2014

The Boccia England London Regionals 2014 took place on Sunday 19th January, at the University of East London. Five PACE athletes received classification and were eligible to compete, Alex (BC1), Ramandeep (BC2), Reshad (BC2), Jagjit (BC3) and Jamie (BC3). Following a slow, early morning start for all the athletes, performances improved during the day and finished on a high, resulting in the athletes collecting three medals. Alex Dukes (BC1 – Gold) The PACE Boccia Captain had a fantastic tournament. He won one game and lost one, however his desire to attack, take opportunities and score points, led to him finishing […]

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PACE Annual Awards 2013

Published January 9, 2014

The PACE Annual Awards 2013 took place on Saturday 14th December, at the Havelock Community Centre. This year was one of the biggest and most successful years for PACE. Building on from the paralympics, PACE has developed two new services, enabling disabled people to participate in sport. Five PACE Boccia athletes attended the London Regionals, three at the National Finals and one at the GB Championships. On top of this, two additional PACE Boccia athletes have been selected to be part of the England Talent Pathway, joining two existing athletes in the England Talent and Lions squads. PACE has developed […]

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Ramandeep and Reshad impress at the South East Boccia Regionals

Published November 20, 2013

On Sunday the 17th of November, Reshad and Ramandeep travelled down to the Surrey Sports Centre, to represent PACE by competing in the South East Boccia Regionals, organised by Boccia England. The PACE and England Talent Squad athletes arrived in Surrey early on the Sunday morning, registered for the competition and started their warm ups. Ramandeep and Reshad were both nervous and excited about challenging themselves in this competition, which is the biggest regional boccia competition in the country, featuring international athletes. Reshad, a BC2 athlete, came up against Jasper in his first game. Jasper is a regular at the […]

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The Jack Petchey Achievement Awards 2013

Published November 14, 2013

The Jack Petchey Achievement Awards 2013 took place on November 13th, at the Camden Centre, London. The Jack Petchey Foundation has supported thousands of clubs and young people across the UK, having donated in excess of £85 million to projects benefiting young people aged 11-25 since 1999. The aim of the foundation is to… “raise the aspirations of young people, to help them take advantage of opportunities and play a full part in society.” Each year, PACE nominates volunteers that have had a significant impact on the club. These volunteers are awarded £200 each, to spend on something they would […]

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Alex Dukes selected to be part of the England Lions Squad

Published October 17, 2013

Congratulations to Alex Dukes, who has been selected to be part of the Boccia England Lions Squad this season. Alex becomes the fourth PACE Boccia athlete to be placed on the England Talent Pathway (ETP) and is the first PACE Boccia athlete to be selected for the England Lions squad. This means that Alex is eligible for selection to international boccia competitions this season, something he really hopes to achieve. Last season, Alex finished third in the London Regionals, qualifying for the National Finals, in Sheffield. He qualified from his group at the Nationals and made it to the Semi […]

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Reshad Saraj selected to be part of the England Talent Squad

Published October 17, 2013

Congratulations to Reshad Saraj, who has been selected to be a part of the Boccia England Talent Squad Year 1. He will be joining Ramandeep and Jagjit, as yet another PACE Boccia athlete enters the Talent Squad, hoping to earn themselves an England spot. Reshad had a strong first season last year, he worked hard, spent a lot of time training, was committed to PACE Boccia, overcame various barriers and started to make a name for himself. This resulted in him finishing second in the London Regionals, qualifying for the National Finals. Strong performances in the National Finals lead him […]

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pace4PACE 2013 review

Published September 18, 2013

PACE Charitable Trust would like to say a massive THANK YOU to everybody who has supported the annual pace4PACE fun run this year. On Saturday 7th September 2013, at 12 0’clock, PACE members and volunteers assembled in Southall Park to complete the 4km course, with some tight bends and steep uphill areas. All the runners and fundraisers have worked incredibly hard over the last month, to support PACE and help us reach our target. Special thanks must go to; All of the participants who completed the course and have been working hard to fundraise for PACE. The Southall Park rangers. Everybody […]

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Osterley Tesco supports PACE

Published August 15, 2013

PACE would like to say a massive THANK YOU to the Tesco in Osterley and their manager, Bob Knight. Tesco have kindly agreed to provide PACE with some space in their supermarket, helping us to promote the organisation and the pace4PACE fun run. PACE members and volunteers will be promoting from 9-4pm on Saturday 17th August 2013 at; OSTERLEY PARK, SYON LANE, ISLEWORTH, GREATER LONDON, TW7 5NZ.   Any PACE volunteer who would like to support this promotional event, please contact Sunil on 07983 392 223.    

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How to support the pace4PACE 4km fun run

Published August 7, 2013

The pace4PACE fun run is drawing closer! You can support PACE by completing the challenging 4km fun run, with uphill areas and difficult turns this really will be a great challenge for everybody involved! Don’t be put off though, it’s not a race and all runners are encouraged to go at their own pace. The fun run will take place on Saturday 7th September at 12.00 (midday) in Southall Park, Uxbridge Road, Southall UB1 3AL A map of the park can be found by clicking here. If you’d like to take part in the race or want more information, please register […]

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Alex Dukes clinches 6th place at the GB National Boccia Finals

Published August 2, 2013

On Sunday 28th and Monday 29th of July, the GB National Boccia Finals took place at the Robin Park Arena, Wigan. The GB National Finals is the final competitive tournament of the season, taking place immediately after the Cheshire International Boccia Competition. After finishing 4th at the Boccia National Finals, which took place in Sheffield, Alex was invited to attend this competition. Aside from being a member of PACE Boccia, Alex is also one of our PACE bloggers, he has attended the National Young Coaches Academy with Boccia England, been involved in the Paralympic Flame Relay and has also appeared […]

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Sunil Birdy invited to work with the “England Lions”

Published July 15, 2013

Congratulations to Sunil Birdy, on being selected as one of Boccia England’s “Lions Squad” coaches. The Lions squad will consist the highest performing Talent Squad athletes, as well as some current England athletes. We are privileged to have Sunil coaching our Boccia athletes, who have greatly benefitted from his experience and expertise. Sunil recently developed PACE Boccia, a Boccia England Level 2 Accredited Club. This club is for those athletes who wish to compete at more competitive level and under his guidance, athletes have been prepared for competing in the National Boccia League, at Regional and National levels and also for the England Talent […]

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Alex Dukes Qualifies for GB Boccia Championships

Published July 5, 2013

Congratulations to Alex Dukes, who has qualified for the GB Boccia Championships. Alex finished 4th in the BC1 classification at the Boccia National Finals in May and has been invited to attend the GB Boccia Championships in recognition of his performances. The Championships will take place in the Robin Park Sports Arena, Wigan WN5 0UH. Alex, a PACE blogger and media studies student, has written an article about his journey to the GB Championships. This can be read here… http://www.pacezone.org.uk/my-journey-to-the-british-boccia-championships/

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PACE Summer Carnivals

Published June 5, 2013

Come along and support PACE at the summer carnivals! There’ll be a stall with the following; A tombola, with some fantastic prizes! Lucky dips Henna artists Face painters Giant connect-four Nail art The summer carnivals are one of our major fundraising events and will help to ensure our sustainability for the next year. This year, PACE will have a stall at the following carnivals; Hanwell Carnival (15th June from 10am-6pm) @ Elthorne Park, Boston Road, Hanwell. Greenford Carnival (29th June from 12pm-7pm) @ Ravenor Park, Ruislip Road, Greenford. Acton Carnival (6th July from 12pm-7pm) @ Acton Park, Acton High Street, […]

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Boccia National Finals Success

Published May 13, 2013

Congratulations to Reshad, Jagjit and Alex who have attended the Boccia England National Finals on the weekend of May 11th/12th. This was a great experience for the athletes to play against some of the top boccia athletes in the country. They all played brilliantly and Reshad qualified from his group and made it through to the quarter finals, where he was knocked out by the eventual winner. Alex was in great form as he made it through to the semi-finals and eventually finished 4th in the country, qualifying for the British Championships.

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PACE Bollywood Dance Classes

Published May 10, 2013

Are you interested in Bollywood dance? How about learning some moves from a qualified Bollywood choreographer, before putting on a performance? PACE are looking for members who are interested in Bollywood dance. We will be working with Jay Kumar, a qualified and experienced Bollywood dance choreographer to deliver an inclusive Bollywood dance project which will involve learning some routines and performing on stage. This is an exciting project and a good opportunity for our members to get into Bollywood dance. If you are interested, please come along to PACE on April 27th to speak with Jay, or contact Sunil on […]

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PACE Boccia National League Victory

Published April 5, 2013

Congratulations to the PACE Boccia team, who beat the Alfrida Society today in both their home and away fixtures. PACE finished the games with impressive 12-1 and 8-2 scorelines for their home and away fixtures respectively. Four wins out of six now for PACE Boccia.

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