PACE Officially Shortlisted in Five Categories in the Ealing Sports Awards 2022

Published June 16, 2022

PACE Charitable Trust are thrilled to announce that it has been shortlisted in five separate categories in the 2022 Ealing Sports Awards, taking place on 12th July at William Perkin C of E School. The nominees are as follows: PACE shortlisted for the Inclusive & Active Award  PACE shortlisted for the Club of the Year Award ‌Sunil Birdy shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award ‌Reshad Saraj shortlisted for the Adult Sports Person of the Year Award ‌Alex Dukes shortlisted for the Adult Volunteer of the Year Award Ealing Sports Awards are aimed at recognising the talents and achievements of […]

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PACE Boccia teams claim 1st and 2nd place in Super League and National League competition.

Published May 19, 2022

Over the last two weekends, PACE Boccia took centre stage in two league competitions: PACE A competed in the Super League 2nd Division, whilst PACE B competed in the South East National League, aiming to gain qualification to the National League Finals. The two competitions took place over separate weekend days in Surry and Bedfordshire.  PACE B: The National League The PACE B team have bolstered their squad with two strong players, Chirag and Stephen, who have trained incredibly well since joining and both promise to bring much to the team for the rest of the season.  Going into the day of […]

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PACE Athlete Selected for the Boccia UK Squad

Published April 11, 2022

PACE is absolutely thrilled to announce that one of our Boccia athletes, Reshad Saraj has been selected to represent Great Britain at the forthcoming Boccia World Championship in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  Reshad will be the first PACE athlete to represent Great Britain. In his 13 year Boccia journey, Reshad has demonstrated enormous natural talent for the game, but perhaps more importantly, an amazing desire, work ethic and self belief to work towards one simple goal: to represent his country playing Boccia – the sport he loves.  Speaking on his selection to the squad in his announcement on Facebook, Reshad wrote; […]

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Alex Wins Gold Medal in Fantastic Boccia Comeback

Published April 2, 2022

Since the beginning of the year the Boccia circuit has slowly started up again with two friendly competitions, aptly named “Back to Boccia” in Sheffield and in Crawley already completed, with a third competition at the end of April in Hatfield on the horizon. These exhibition matches are a chance for players to get reacquainted with the competitive aspect of Boccia.  Alex Dukes did just that and took the chance to dust off his Boccia equipment and step back on court after a two year hiatus thanks to the pandemic. It  was certainly worth the wait as Alex won all […]

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Boccia at the Beethoven Centre

Published March 18, 2022

PACE is pleased to announce that with the support of Costco, United Way UK and a2dominion, we will be delivering boccia sessions on Fridays at the: Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, London W10 4JL from 11 March at 1:30-3pm.  These sessions will be accessible for all ability levels whilst also being highly competitive and, of course, fun. So, whether it is your first ever time throwing a Boccia Ball and you want to gain and develop your knowledge or you are an experienced boccia player looking for a suitable place to train, please contact to book your place. Please note […]

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Reshad Beats Current Paralympic Champion In Spectacular Fashion

Published March 8, 2022

In a huge upset at the Boccia UK Challenger Event in Scotland, Reshad Saraj has beaten the current BC1 Paralympic Champion, David Smith 6-5, wining three of the four ends to claim victory. David Smith is widely considered to be the greatest Boccia player of all time. Since the young age of 14 David Smith has dominated the sport. He retained his BC1 Paralympic title at the Tokyo games last year in a thrilling final. Reshad’s ultimate goal of course is to be playing alongside David Smith in the GB Squad at the next Paralympics so the pressure was on […]

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PACE Boccia squads announced!

Published March 5, 2022

The boccia season has begun, and PACE Boccia will be resuming training sessions after a two year absence on March 5th 2022. With PACE A competing in the Superleague, reinforcements have arrived at PACE Boccia, with BC3 athlete Habib Cham certain to boost the team with his calm demeanour and exciting, positive style of play. The team will remain captained by Alex Dukes, whilst Aiden Robinson will be returning to PACE A. The rest of the team remains unchanged, and the full lineup is… PACE A: Alex Dukes (c), Reshad Saraj, Jamie Keat, Ramandeep Mann, Habib Cham, Aiden Robinson. PACE B will […]

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PACE presented with The Queen’s Award

Published October 29, 2021

If all the volunteers in the country stopped work tomorrow our whole way of living would be at a standstill. This message was at the heart of the Deputy Lieutenant of Ealing’s speech at The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service ceremony and encapsulates perfectly the job our volunteers do. Without them they would be no PACE.  The ceremony took place at the Havelock Community Centre in Southall, where our wonderful Team Leaders and volunteers took home their certificates and crystal awards presented by the Deputy Lieutenant for Ealing, who was in full regalia uniform. PACE volunteers were also awarded an […]

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Dale vs. Spartan Beast!

Published October 1, 2021

In the early hours on the 9th October, Dale will be taking on yet another fundraising event for PACE, the Spartan BEAST. Alex sat down with him to find out more. The Spartan BEAST consists of a 21 kilometre run, jam-packed with 30 obstacles such as travelling through ice cold mud puddles, monkey bars and scaling huge walls, all with the goal of raising money for PACE. All-in-all, I would estimate that there are about 30 obstacles from start to finish. And of course, you’re running as fast as you can to the next obstacle as you’re being timed. My target […]

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PACE collects the Queens Award for Voluntary Service at the historic Westminster Abbey

Published September 29, 2021

Monday 27th October was the day we have been waiting for, since the announcement that PACE had been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. This phenomenal achievement was marked with a prestigious service at the historic Westminster Abbey, in Central London, where those who had been awarded a British Empire Medal, as well as the Charities that had been awarded the Queens Award, congregated to share in their successes, and the success of other organisations. Two members of staff from PACE were invited to attend the service, Krishna, our founder and trustee, along with Sunil, our head coach, swapped tracksuits for […]

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PACE is awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Published June 2, 2021

PACE is delighted to announce that it has been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest Award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, the equivalent of an MBE for charities and social enterprises. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognize outstanding work by volunteer groups for the benefit of their communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. This year, PACE is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive […]

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Mike Brace (Queen’s Deputy Lieutenant for London) Interview

Published March 18, 2021

In late November last year, PACE received the amazing news that it had been shortlisted for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award that can be given to a volunteer-based charity in the UK. With such a prestigious award up for grabs, there, of course, comes a long, rigid vetting process. Mike Brace – a former Paralympic medallist and current Queen’s Deputy Lieutenant for London was assigned to get a closer look at what PACE does. A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to speak to Mike about his myriad of careers: being a Paralympic […]

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PACE Pals is growing with all-new Thursday sessions

Published March 18, 2021

Since PACE Pals began online in October 2020 and the response has been fantastic to see. PACE Pals is a weekly, hour-long session, where members can come together to discuss their favourite topics in a safe, positive environment. It was set-up to combat the negative consequences of lockdown, most critically, the effects of long-term isolation by providing an environment for our members to connect with each other during these difficult times. Now, PACE is delighted to announce a second weekly PACE Pals session! The first of which took place on Thursday, 4th March. “The aim of new PACE Pals sessions […]

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First PACE Online of 2021: looking back on 2020

Published January 22, 2021

2021 is finally here! And we couldn’t think of a better way to ring in the new year with PACE online. This was the first PACE Online since the Christmas break – so as expected a lot of talk of family celebrations, including classic Christmas dinners – and whether they’re going out of fashion – and lastly, online Zoom calls, where many members connected with extended family in lockdown. Many photos were shared during this conversation they were lots of photos shared comparing each other’s Christmas banquets and every one of them looked delicious.    After a 20-minute discussion of […]

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Team leader Dale goes pink!

Published December 7, 2020

Dale Jones, PACE Team Leader, has always been one to take on a challenge. As this year’s Spartan Race was cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Dale has explored how he can still fundraise for PACE, despite the disappointment of his cancelled event. Inspired by his children, and love for all things pink, Dale has decided to grow a moustache and dye it pink whilst taking his children to school. Help make Dale’s blushes worthwhile, by sponsoring him in his quest to fundraise for PACE! When asked about the event, Dale said… Over the past month I have been growing […]

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PACE Nominated for Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

Published November 24, 2020

PACE is absolutely delighted to announce that it has been nominated for the highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This Award was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation and is the equivalent of an MBE for volunteer groups. PACE is honoured that all its volunteers have been recognised for the outstanding work they do and the services they provide for all our beneficiaries. Our volunteers are the very fabric of the organisation, and the opportunities they have given to the most vulnerable in our society have allowed them to change not only their lives, […]

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PACE Online #11 – Exercise, New Sessions and Halloween Preparations

Published October 19, 2020

  October is well and truly upon us – along with the predictably grey and dull weather. The beginning of October also means that Halloween is only weeks away. PACE members recently spent the 11th PACE online session discussing ideas on how to celebrate the scary holiday in an online setting. Before this, the group discussed what they have been up to. The overriding sentiment is with the lack of PACE Multi-Sports session for over half of the year – combine this with the nation-wide restrictions – a few PACE members are starting to feel some negative effects of lack of exercise. […]

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PACE Online #9: Return of PACE Presents…”Stretching with Sunil”, plus battling with isolation.

Published September 21, 2020

As we say goodbye to summer and hello to winter of 2020. A sense of normality is starting to return, with both primary and secondary schools resuming. Speaking of normality, the 9th PACE has come and gone, but not without unveiling a few exciting announcements.  Stretching with Sunil PACE Presents is back! On Wednesday, September, 15th, at 11.30am, will be the debut of PACE Presents…Stretches with Sunil. Join us every Wednesday on Zoom, for a fully inclusive and accessible stretch, suitable for participants of all abilities! All you need to do is bring along a small towel, and a pillow or a […]

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Dale prepares for the Spartan Race in October

Published September 7, 2020

Dale Jones, team leader at PACE, has recently signed up to complete the Spartan Race, on October 10th 2020, at 09.30am. The Spartan Race is a minimum of three miles, with some courses lasting up to 26 miles. The course is filled with obstacles that participants will need to navigate their way through, in a test of skill, strength and endurance. The races are held across the world, including Canada, South Korea, Australia and multiple European countries.  More information about the Spartan Race can be found here. Dale has been training hard for the race, and this will be his […]

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PACE Presents… “Poetry with Amrit”

Published August 1, 2020

Since their first session the PACE Presents… Poetry group have been hard at work creating their own Haiku poems – the subject of the first poetry lesson. A Haiku is a traditional Japanese poem formed around the use and sounds of syllables. And, of course, PACE members rose to the occasion, utilizing their newly found knowledge of Haikus and applying that knowledge to create their own personal. Some examples of which you can see below.    After discussing each others’ Haikus, the group then moved on from Haiku poems and turned their attention to extended metaphors poems.  Distilled to its […]

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PACE Online #5 – gardening, baking and revisiting a Bollywood classic

Published July 16, 2020

As we slowly progress further and further out of lockdown, start to slowly integrate back into society and try to adjust to “the new normal”. At the fifth PACE online, we continued to hear stories of venturing out to the high-street on public transport or the opportunity to finally go to the hairdressers to get a much-needed haircut. All while remaining vigilant and safe while the threat of the pandemic still remains.  This is evident by what we hear from our members who are starting to go out far more frequently. They convey public transport has changed dramatically, becoming less […]

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Members discuss life after lockdown and more during PACE Online

Published June 30, 2020

As we say our final farewells to June and welcome July with open arms, we will probably remember June as a month in which scorching hot weather returned with a renewed purpose and sport made its grand return behind closed doors. These subjects and more were covered during our PACE online session, on June 27th 2020! In the days leading up to Saturday’s PACE online session, Liverpool were crowned Premier League Champions for the first time in 30 years – a first in the Premier League. But perhaps what will stand the test of time will be the fact that Liverpool […]

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PACE members’ complete Henna course with fantastic results!

Published June 26, 2020

At PACE, our members and volunteers are at the core of all that we do. Our newest service, PACE presents, was launched in mid-May – a range of online social, leisure and creative activities, over a four week period, starting with PACE Presents… An Introduction to Henna.  Henna, otherwise known as Mehndi, is a process that often takes place before weddings, and strongly symbolizes positive spirits and good luck. Over the past month, a group of PACE members took part in our classes, and created and designed their own Henna inspired bookmarks, Mandala patterns and Henna name boards.  Hosted by Kavita Verma – […]

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A Poem and Cheesecake: PACE members show their creative skills!

Published May 29, 2020

As we say our farewells to May and begin to welcome June with open arms – the vast majority of the country is, by now, well-accustomed to working from home and finding new, innovative ways to adjust to a post-Covid-19 world. PACE, of course, is playing its part in this transition, hosting the second online MSL session, which took place this past Saturday at 2pm. Lasting for just over an hour – a grand total of 21 members and volunteers connected and exchanged their experiences about their lock-down routine. There was also the first much-needed stretch, led by Sunil Birdy, […]

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PACE Members Reconnect during Lock-down

Published May 18, 2020

As the UK continues its transition to a new way of life – lock-down, social distancing becoming the norm, not being able to see friends and family, as well as millions working from home, our way of life has been severely disrupted in almost every way. PACE services have of course been severely affected due to these restrictions. As isolation and mental health become more and more important and the lock-down continues, entering its second month this week – it is of the highest priority for PACE then to keep in touch with its members especially in these unprecedented times. […]

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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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