The national finals beckon for supported learning students at Walsall College. For the first time ever, the boccia team has won the AoC Sport regional tournament.
The team of four will now attend the national finals in Nottingham in April 2022.
Andy Higgins, lecturer and team coach says he couldn’t be prouder of the team.
“We’re thrilled by our students’ success,” he said. “The team only came together a month ago. None of them have ever played competitively before either.
“Their achievements are paving the way for other life skills students to play boccia more regularly against other colleges. This will help develop their individual confidence and teamwork abilities.”
The Walsall College team reached the national finals after beating Sandwell College 3-1 and BMet 11-0. The tournament led by Aoc Sport and Boccia England took place at the college, with other sports students assisting the referee with marshalling and score-keeping duties.
The Supported Learning Sport Academy is also looking forward to participating in other sporting activities over the coming weeks.
They are participating in the Pan Disability 7 a-side Regional Football Aoc Competition in November. One student is also representing the college in the Aoc Regional Cross Country event in December.
Further information about supported learning courses and the Supported Learning Sport Academy can be found here.