Big boccia tournament held at Ayrshire College

Big boccia tournament held at Ayrshire College

Ayrshire College has continued its programme of boccia tournaments for students in the Supported Learning department, facilitated by Sport and Fitness students at the Kilmarnock Campus.

Boccia is an inclusive precision ball sport, similar to bowls, that can be played by anyone regardless of age, gender, ability or disability.

The latest tournament, held on Friday 2 February and overseen by Scottish Disability Sport, was the most ambitious tournament held yet, with students arriving from other colleges – Glasgow Kelvin College and New College Lanarkshire – to compete, as well as centre users from the Sir Alexander Fleming Centre in Kilmarnock.

There were over 100 participants playing boccia in teams, and it was the Ayr Campus team who triumphed on the day to take home the trophy.

Chris Boyce, Supported Learning lecturer at Ayrshire College, said: “This was another amazing event with multiple colleges taking part. We have built an amazing community where everyone has the experience of being part of a team and can achieve success.”

Dr. Stephen Leckey, Sport and Fitness lecturer, said: “This boccia event provided sports students with a valuable opportunity to gain experience and develop their skills while working with inclusive groups, which will undoubtedly contribute to their personal and professional growth.

“Staff were very proud of the students’ efforts, they fostered a sense of inclusivity at the event and made the day very memorable for all those that attended. The sports students not only had the chance to showcase their expertise but also learned valuable lessons in empathy, adaptability, and effective communication.

“Moving forward, we remain committed to organising more inclusive sports events that provide opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds to come together, learn from one another, and celebrate the power of sports in fostering unity and personal development.”

8 February 2024

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