Sense Colleges have been taking part in an Association of Colleges Boccia Competition during June 2021. Sense Colleges Peterborough and Knapwell took part in the competition, with 7 learners taking part across both sites. Both Sense colleges competed brilliantly, with Knapwell coming 4th overall. 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, space has been limited across all college sites and the usual visits to leisure centres to take part in sport have had to stop. The Boccia challenges have provided the colleges with fresh ideas to continue being active on site in a way that could be easily adapted for the varying complex physical needs of each of their learners. 

The challenges were tricky to start with, but as the weeks went on, the learners developed their boccia skills, as well as wider skills such as maths, measuring, team work, fair play and being a valued part of a team.  

“We had one individual who had previously taken a back seat when it came to sports often opting to be the referee rather than a player.  With regular sessions and encouragement he developed a highly competitive attitude and his excitement at being first and having a turn is infectious.” – Sense College Knapwell 

The learners would get excited over what the new challenge would be each week and really enjoyed following the scoreboards. “Hitting the targets was certainly cause for celebration and lots of cheering.” – Sense College Peterborough 

The colleges enjoyed the activities so much that some went out and purchased extra equipment to add variety to the activities, whilst others have developed their own weekly challenges to continue taking part after the sessions have finished. 

Shannon Howarth, Disability Development Officer at AoC Sport said “AoC Sport were committed to ensuring disabled students still had the opportunity to be active with the absence of face to face competition. The virtual boccia competition with the support of Boccia England has been a fantastic way to engage students and we are delighted 638 students competed.” 

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