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Two easy ways to support PACE during the Coronavirus pandemic

Published April 4, 2020

PACE has recently signed up to two online services, that provide financial support for thousands of charities. Amazon Smile and Give As You Live both donate a percentage of the value of any online purchase you make, to a charity of your choice. Please share this amongst your network and encourage as many people as possible to support PACE and use these two websites when shopping online.   AMAZON SMILE Amazon will donate 0.5% of the value of your purchases to PACE, for free! This is incredibly easy to access, and you only need to shop through Amazon Smile, and search for PACE Charitable […]

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PACE sessions – Coronavirus update

Published April 3, 2020

Dear Members and Supporters, In light of the current situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), PACE is following Government issued guidelines that all sports clubs should be following in the bid to contain the possible spread of this virus. The strict measures that have come into force mean that we have suspended all PACE sessions, competitions and our outreach work in the community until further notice. The health and safety of our members is of utmost importance to us. We would encourage all our members to adhere to the self-isolation measures in place and remain safe and healthy.

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PACE sessions – Coronavirus Update

Published March 13, 2020

Following the recent outbreak in Coronavirus, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) labelling it as a global pandemic, we have made the decision to cancel our PACE sessions until further notice. This will affect PACE Boccia and PACE MSL on the 14th of March. As the situation is ever-changing, we are awaiting further guidance before making a decision on when our sessions will resume.

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PACE Athletes Secure THREE Gold Medals At Hatfield

Published February 21, 2020

The Hatfield BE Cup Regionals and Heathcoat Cup competitions took place on the 8th and 9th of February at Hertfordshire University in Hatfield. A grand total of 5 PACE Boccia athletes competed across both events – and proving to be one of the most successful weekends in PACE Boccia’s history Mitchell entered the BE cup in good form after his performance in Sheffield, earning 5 points towards his qualification to the BE cup finals – all he needed was 2 more points to qualify. However, Mitchell’s ambitions went far beyond qualification points, he was aiming to finish in the medals […]

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PACE Members Celebrate Success at Jack Petchey Awards

Published February 21, 2020

At PACE we are always inspired by each and every one of our members as they strive to be the best they can be – whether that is outside of PACE or at our MSL and Boccia Saturday sessions. Throughout 2019, in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation – who have been one of longest running supporters of PACE since our inception in 2004 –  five of our members received the Jack Petchey Achievement Award for making a positive contribution and impact to PACE as a whole. “Jack Petchey Achievement Award winners are young people who have gone above and beyond to […]

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PACE at The Army Engagement Evening

Published February 18, 2020

PACE was recently invited by the Army Engagement Group to an evening reception. The aim of this evening was to promote greater awareness and understanding of the Army, particularly amongst communities who may not be fully aware of all that the Army has to offer.  One of our coaches, Alex Dukes, represented PACE and attended the event at the Greenford Town Hall for a chance to learn about the various different aspect of the British Army – from the Navy Cadets from school age of 11 – 16, to hearing first hand experiences from Army veterans of 20 years on […]

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Mitchell and Aiden Awarded Bronze Medals at Hawks Academy

Published February 18, 2020

Mitchell and Aiden Robinson were presented and awarded with their Teams and Pairs bronze medals they won back in December 2019. The Robinson brothers were training hard at the Hawks Academy at Hatfield in preparation for key competitions: the BE and Heathcoat Cup. Hawks Academy Head, Dan Bentley presented the medals to the pair and commended their brilliant performance at the competition. The Teams and Pairs competition is in it’s third year, taking place in the middle of December in Sheffield. The event consisted of four games: two of which were against Scotland’s National athletes who fielded three separate teams. Mitchell […]

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Mitchell Robinson gets one step closer to the BE Cup Finals at the Sheffield qualifiers

Published January 17, 2020

As we settle into a new year and decade – the first PACE Boccia and MSL session of 2020 took place last weekend to great success. However, these weren’t the only sporting events that were taking place that weekend. The first qualifier for the BE Cup Final was held at Ponds Forge Sports Centre, Sheffield.  Mitchell Robinson made the long journey to Sheffield to get his 2020 Boccia campaign underway and to the best possible start. Similar to last year, players need 7 points to qualify for The BE Cup Finals.  Points are collected based on their position at The BE Cup […]

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Welcome 2020! – A Thank You Message

Published January 8, 2020

A massive HELLO to everyone and a Happy New Year to all our members, volunteers and supporters. As we enter a whole new decade. PACE finished 2019 with a bang – winning a coveted MTM Award and successfully hosting our Annual PACE Awards. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to PACE’s many successes throughout 2019. As we look forward into the future, 2020 promises to bring more highly competitive Boccia competition from our athletes at PACE Boccia, where both the A and B teams are looking to gain promotion in their respective leagues. Preparations have already begun for our two annual fundraising events, […]

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PACE Win MTM Award for Excellence and Achievement

Published December 18, 2019

PACE is thrilled to announce it has been awarded the MTM Award for Excellence and Achievement in recognition of the fantastic work PACE has delivered in the community, through all our volunteers and coaches, past and present, since PACE begun way-back in 2004. The MTM Awards were created to give a platform to the Asian, Black and Ethnic Minorities, showcasing their potential, excellence and achievements in Business, Community, Arts and Entertainment.  It is the only awards ceremony of this type in the South West.  Some of the senior PACE Team Leaders went to the ceremony, along with the Head of […]

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Congratulations Aiden

Published November 28, 2019

Congratulations to Aiden Robinson, the latest PACE member to receive the Jack Petchey Achievement Award.  The Jack Petchey Award recognizes those young people who have made a positive impact on their organization and their personal development. Since joining PACE in 2017, Aiden has definitely made an incredible difference to PACE. In his two years at PACE, Aiden made his Boccia debut in the PACE B Team where he exceeded expectations, settling in quickly, working well within and adding another dimension to the team – especially in attacking play. After an immensely successful first season, Aiden was moved to the PACE […]

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Pace4PACE: Thank you

Published October 3, 2019

A big THANK YOU to everyone who took time out of their weekend and attended the annual pace4PACE Fun Run 2019 at Perivale Park Athletics Track. Participants had the choice of doing 2k, 5k or 10k and some even decided to extra laps of the track once they got going. Thank you also to all the people who provided the delicious refreshments which were much appreciated, especially after ten laps around the track. If you would like to support the work PACE does, the donation page is still open – any donation, big or small will be much appreciated and […]

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PACE shortlisted for Two MTM Awards!

Published September 20, 2019

PACE is absolutely thrilled to announce it has been nominated in two categories for the MTM Awards which celebrate the excellence and achievements of businesses and grassroots community groups across the Asian, Black and Ethnic Communities. National Award for Excellence and Achievement – PACE National Role Model Award – Krishna Birdy PACE has been recognized for the role it has played in the community, supporting the most vulnerable in society to access a range of sports and physical activity programs by ensuring active participation, improving the quality of life of its beneficiaries and challenging negative attitudes towards disability. All this […]

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pace4PACE 2019 confirmed!

Published August 7, 2019

pace4PACE 2019 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. Registration forms for the event can be found 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 2019 registration form and encourage your friends and family to register. 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 […]

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SACA Charity Bike Ride 2019 Support PACE

Published July 26, 2019

PACE are delighted to announce that the SACA Charity Bike Ride 2019 which took place on 20th-21st July chose PACE as one of its beneficiaries this year, raising crucial funds for an accessible mini-bus which PACE members, particularly our Boccia Teams, will be able to use when travelling to competitions. The SACA Charity Bike Ride 2019 from Birmingham to London involved a grueling two day challenge where more than a 100 bikers covered 130 miles. The committed riders set off early on Saturday morning from Birmingham (Smethwick) continuing through Coventry, Daventry and Milton Keynes reaching its centennial milestone, Luton. On […]

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PACE Achievements on Display at Gunnersbury Park Museum

Published July 15, 2019

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust are currently showcasing an exhibition at Gunnersbury Park Museum sharing the story of the Paralympics and Dr Guttmann. The displays also feature some Paralympians that live in the area and PACE are delighted to be represented in this exhibition. It is a fantastic honour to be given a platform for more people to see the wonderful achievements of our members. The Gunnersbury Park Museum is free to visit, so please do go along and show your support.  The exhibition will be on show until 1st September 2019. There will also be a talk held at […]

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PACE Awarded Project of the Year 2019 by A2Dominion

Published June 25, 2019

A2Dominion, a residential property group with a social purpose, hosted their seventh Annual Awards Ceremony on 14 June at the Renaissance Hotel on Bath Road in London to celebrate and recognize the valuable contribution made by their residents and partners to the success of their projects. This support has enabled A2Dominion, over the past year, to engage with over 4100 health, well-being and financial inclusion projects as well as helping people with employment support and apprenticeships. PACE is delighted to have received The Project of the Year Award in recognition of its community involvement, providing adapted sports and physical activity […]

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Arinze wins Jack Petchey Award

Published June 25, 2019

PACE are pleased to announce that this month Arinze has been awarded the Jack Petchey Achievement Award. The Jack Petchey Foundation was set up by Sir Jack Petchey CBE to inspire and celebrate young people. Since 2000, over £124 million has been invested in programmes to benefit young people aged 11-25 across London and Essex. Jack Petchey has always been an incredible partner for PACE since 2006, and the foundation played a huge role in helping PACE and its members be recognised for their achievements. Since arriving at PACE in late 2018, Arinze has made a huge impression across both […]

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PACE B win the East Boccia League!

Published June 22, 2019

Congratulations to PACE B – who have been crowned the champions of the Boccia East league, after winning the competition with 4 out of 6 wins, and a superior points difference to their rivals. PACE B have had a series of challenges to overcome this season, including being moved to another league, significantly increased travel times, the costs incurred for this additional travel, and the uncertainty of playing new opponents in an unfamiliar league. Despite this, the team have played fantastically well, whilst also knowing when they should be looking to attack and maximise points. This has proven to be […]

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PACE athlete medal success at the UK Boccia Championships

Published June 18, 2019

Congratulations to Reshad Saraj, who has finished in 3rd place at the UK Boccia Championships 2019. Hosted at the Forum Sports Centre, in Antrim, Northern Ireland, the UK Boccia Championships was an opportunity for Reshad to add to his medal collection at this level, where he won a silver medal in 2018. Reshad started off the day strongly, qualifying from his group winning two out of three games, scoring plenty of points and advancing to the knockout stages, which started early on Sunday morning. Reshad’s semi final was against Claire Taggart, the number one ranked BC2 in the country, and a […]

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PACE Volunteer takes on Tough Mudder!

Published May 5, 2019

Thank you to Dale Jones, who has completed the Tough Mudder for PACE on May 4th, and smashed his fundraising target! Dale decided to take on this challenge to raise money for PACE, where he has been attending as a volunteer, and a team leader, since 2011. Dale said the following about PACE, and how his perceptions on disability have changed… I was nervous at my first session, I didn’t know what to expect and had never worked with disabled people before. I soon came to realise that this mindset was perhaps my disability. I thought these people may be […]

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Japanese Art Classes run by Jack Petchey Winner – Reika

Published March 12, 2019

Congratulations to Reika Kaji, who has won the first Jack Petchey Award at PACE for 2019. Since joining PACE, Reika has had a significant impact on our boccia club. She has freely and willingly given up a large amount of time, to support our athletes with their training in Southall, as well as making long trips to Nottingham and Gloucestershire to support PACE A on their journey in the Super League. Reika uses her boccia knowledge and experience to encourage and motivate all our athletes, whilst providing sensitive and considerate encouragement to our members. Her loyalty to the club is fantastic, and […]

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PACE win four medals in successful Boccia weekend!

Published March 1, 2019

The second of three qualifying rounds for the BE Cup Finals and Heathcoat Cup Finals took place on the weekend of 23rd February, at Hertfordshire University. The BE Cup For the BE Cup specifically, an athlete needs to accumulate seven points across the three BE Cup Rounds competitions, to qualify for the finals, where a higher placed finish within the BE Cup rounds will accrue more points. Reshad After winning a gold medal at the Sheffield competition a few weeks ago, Reshad was looking to build on his momentum and add some competitive match play into his training for the BE Cup Finals in […]

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PACE athlete win first Gold medal of 2019!

Published February 4, 2019

On the weekend of January 26th 2019, PACE athletes, Reshad Saraj and Mitchell Robinson competed in the first of three preliminary rounds of the BE Cup 2019, which took place at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, in Sheffield. This season qualifying for the finals has been altered slightly. Boccia England has introduced a points-based system, where the higher you finish in the qualifying rounds the more points you earn. You need seven points to qualify for the finals, and instead of going to one competition you have the option as an athlete to enter three, in Sheffield, Crawley and […]

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Happy New Year to all of the PACE family

Published January 1, 2019

Wishing all of the members, volunteers, friends and fans of PACE the most wonderful 2019.    

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PACE Receives Award from Sawyer Fielding Ltd

Published December 13, 2018

PACE was delighted to welcome Natasha Lamptey, who on behalf of Sawyer Fielding Ltd, presented us with a very generous donation supporting our work at our recent Annual Awards ceremony. Natasha told us that her Director, Dan Knowles, had asked her to nominate a charity and choosing PACE was a ‘no brainer’ because of the opportunities it provided for some of the most vulnerable members of the community. This award will be used towards supporting our key activities and PACE is very grateful for this tremendous contribution. Thank you to all at Sawyer Fielding for supporting PACE.

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PACE Young Leaders!!

Published August 24, 2018

A group of 10 young members and volunteers have completed the PACE Adapted Sports Leadership Training, equipping them with the skills to adapt activities and make sport accessible.  These volunteers will build on their experience at PACE where they will gain practical experience and support to deliver their own inclusive mini-game. This project was made possible by the Jack Petchey Foundation’s Silver Award scheme, which provided the funding to deliver training and resources. Attendees can also attend two additional follow up sessions, where they will work with PACE coaches to build on their skills. Congratulations to the PACE Young Leaders!

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PACE presented with an Award by ECIL for Creating Exceptional Inclusive Sporting Activities

Published August 20, 2018

The Ealing Centre for Independent Living (ECIL) hosted the first ever Ealing Access and Inclusion Awards taking place at Ealing Town Hall. The event was created to celebrate the important work people, businesses and charities do to help Ealing become more accessible and inclusive for everyone. PACE was recognised by ECIL for its continuous efforts in and around the Ealing community to help promote the inclusion and active participation of young disabled people in sports, leisure and social activities by being awarded for Creating Exceptional Inclusive Sporting Opportunities. This award highlights the opportunities PACE has opened for its members over […]

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PACE Receive Two Awards At Ealing Sports Awards 2018

Published August 18, 2018

Congratulations to PACE and one of our Team Leaders, Saad Ahmad, on receiving the Inclusive and Active Award and the Adult Volunteer of the Year Award respectively at the recent Ealing Sports Awards 2018 ceremony which took place at the William Perkin C of E School in Greenford.  The Ealing Sports Awards, sponsored by Everyone Active, were aimed at recognising the talents and achievements of Ealing’s multitude of sports clubs, inspirational volunteers and fantastic sporting individuals. After receiving nominations in five of the nine categories, PACE and all its members were recognized for their work, ensuring active participation in sport and […]

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A BIG THANK YOU to all pace4PACE 2018 participants

Published July 29, 2018

A big THANK YOU to all of the PACE runners, rollers and strollers who took part in the pace4PACE 2018 fun run. Thank you also to the fantastic team of volunteers that made the event possible. The donations page remains active until August 18th.  

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Ealing Sports Awards Nominations

Published May 31, 2018

PACE are delighted to announce that we have received nominations across five categories for the Ealing Sports Awards 2018. The Ealing Sports Awards are aimed at recognising the talents and achievements of Ealing’s multitude of sports clubs, inspirational volunteers and fantastic sporting individuals. This is the second year that the awards are taking place, they are sponsored by Everyone Active. The club, it’s founder, our head coach, one of our team leaders and young assistant coaches have all been nominated in what we hope will be an Ealing Sports Awards dominated by winners from PACE! The awards that we have been […]

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BE Cup Finals Review – PACE take BC2 gold!

Published May 25, 2018

On the 19th to the 20th May the EIS hosted the peak of Boccia competition in England, the BE Cup finals. While most of England were keenly observing a royal wedding, the boccia athletes that had gained qualified through their regional competitions were battling it out for the BE Cup trophy, and  and the title of BE Cup Champion. PACE Boccia were represented in three of the four classifications at the competition:  Alex Dukes (BC1) this was Alex’s 6th appearance in succession at the BE Cup Finals and he was aiming to be amongst the medals once again, after claiming the bronze medal in last year’s […]

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Superleague Day 3 review

Published April 24, 2018

On 22nd April 2018, the PACE A team continued their Boccia Super League Campaign. The super league is a four day competition, featuring the top six teams in the country. Currently, PACE A are in the relegation zone and are amongst the favourites to go down. The standard of play in the league is exceptionally high and PACE A have not picked up many wins in their debut Superleague season so far. Day 3 pitched PACE A against arguably the strongest two teams in the competition, Southern All-stars and Paul’s Place, both are former champions of the Superleague.  PACE A […]

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Heathcoat Cup Finals 2018 review

Published April 23, 2018

The Heathcoat Cup Finals 2018 were held on the weekend of the 21st of April, at the University of Hertfordshire. This year PACE Boccia had a four athletes qualifying for the competition due to their performances in the Heathcoat Cup rounds in February. PACE Boccia fielded four athletes across three classifications. Jamie Keat Competing in the BC3 category, Jamie Keat got off to a strong start by beating Jamie Brown 5-4 and Ashley Wright 6-2, placing him first in his group and qualifying for the semi-finals. Unfortunately, Jamie lost an incredibly tense semi-final match 4-3, against experienced athlete, Lee Croker. Jamie still had a chance […]

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Alex Dukes completes Boccia Level 2 Coaching Award

Published March 11, 2018

Congratulations to Alex Dukes, who has completed his accredited level 2 coaching qualification in boccia. This qualification will provide Alex with knowledge of the technical principles and the processes within boccia, to deliver his own, high-level, progressive and structured block of boccia sessions. As Alex has already completed his level 1 qualification in boccia, and has been identified as a talented coach with potential for further development, completing this qualification was a natural progression as Alex looks to take on more coaching roles within the organisation. Upon receiving his certificate, Alex will be able to independently go out into the […]

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PACE Athletes Impress at the Heathcoat and BE Cup Rounds

Published February 26, 2018

Congratulations to the PACE athletes that competed at last weekend’s Heathcoat Cup and BE Cup rounds competition, in Hatfield. On Saturday, Alex and Reshad competed in the BC1 and BC2 classifications, earning a bronze and gold medal respectively. This result will gain them a seeding for the next round of the competition, the BE Cup playoffs, on March 25th. The Sunday competition featured Mitchell, Aiden, Ramandeep, Savraj, Jamie and Anton, competing across four classifications. The athletes did incredibly well with Mitchell, Anton and Jamie claiming gold medals, Ramandeep and Savraj claiming bronze and with Aiden finishing fourth, following some fine […]

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Hanwell Carnival date announced – 16th June 2018

Published February 14, 2018

Support the PACE members and volunteers with their fundraising at The Hanwell Carnival 2018. 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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PACE Boccia develops new satellite club at Clifton Primary School

Published January 18, 2018

We are delighted to announce an extension of PACE Boccia, with the development of a new satellite club at Clifton Primary School, in Southall. The satellite club will provide progressive and structured coaching to a select group of students from the primary school. Students will be coached on the technical and tactical elements of the game, as well as developing the mental and team-working skills required to be successful within the sport. Competitive opportunities will also be provided to the school and support offered when the school is ready to enter the National Schools League. For more information about satellite […]

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PACE A clinch 4th place in Superleague day 2

Published December 5, 2017

As 2018 draws to a close and as things start winding down for Christmas, the same cannot be said for the Boccia season. The second day of the Super league took place on December 3rd in Cheltenham . On match day one, PACE A beat Rio’s Rockets 7-5 in their final match to secure 5th place back in September. Looking to place higher up the table this time around, PACE A were determined to get off to a good start. PACE A’s group for match day two were as follows: PACE A, Rio’s Rockets and Jovic Boccia For their first […]

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PACE Feature in Time to Shine film

Published November 16, 2017

In September, Alex and Sunil were invited to take part in a promotional film highlighting Alex’s work for PACE during his internship, as part of the “Time to Shine” programme. Funded by The Rank Foundation and the Jack Petchey Foundation, the Time to Shine internship was set up in 2008 following the negative impact the recession was having on charities. In the nine years since the Time to Shine internship has been running they have helped over hundred charities in the UK. Hundreds of charities applied for the internship and PACE was one of thirty charities to be selected The internship […]

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Mitchell Robinson receives promotion to PACE A

Published October 24, 2017

Congratulations to Mitchell Robinson, who has recently  received a promotion to the PACE A boccia team. As a member of the PACE Boccia squad for 2 years, Mitchell has represented PACE at B-team level and was one of the standout performers for the B team over the 2016-17 campaign. On top of this, Mitchell claimed a silver medal at National level in the Heathcoat Cup Final, his first competitive experience yielding results. Mitchell has shown his maturity throughout his time at PACE. Despite being aged only 14, Mitchell is always keen to support and encourage the development of his team-mates, and […]

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PACE athlete re-selected for England BC2 Boccia Squad

Published October 20, 2017

PACE are delighted to announce that Reshad Saraj has been re-selected for Boccia England Team for the 2017/18 season. Following a successful year with achievements including a second place finish in the GB championships, being awarded the Boccia England Athlete of the Year and the capture of the National League Championship, Reshad has secured his place in the new-look England Squad for the third season running. On a personal note, Reshad aims to use this season to further his boccia development and break into the GB Boccia Squad. This will be a tough ask, considering the current GB squad have recently had their most successful ever […]

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PACE A get their Superleague campaign underway

Published October 10, 2017

The 2017 Boccia season is under way and PACE A made history by making their debut in the Super League. The Super League teams earn their places through promotion from the National League, which PACE are the current champions of having sealed the title in July. The Super League takes place over three days of match play over the Boccia season. The first day took place on September 30th, in Sheffield. PACE  played three games on the day against, Camboccia, Paul’s Place and Rio’s Rockets. The PACE A squad for the season: Alex Dukes (c) Jagjit Chuk Reshad Saraj Jamie Keat Ramandeep […]

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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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