PACE receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Jun 10, 2021

PACE Charitable Trust (PACE) is delighted to announce 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 to benefit 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 this prestigious award.

PACE, a multi-sports and leisure club formed in 2004, delivers a wide range of adapted sports activities for disabled young people and adults. It focuses on active participation, providing equal level playing field, regardless of ability. This extends into the community where bespoke programs of physical activity are delivered to schools, colleges and Day Centres for adults with complex health needs. PACE also provides coaching in Boccia, a Paralympic sport, training athletes from grassroots to international level competitions as well as having two boccia squads which compete in the National Boccia League (with the PACE A Team having been crowned the National Boccia League Champions). PACE volunteers fully deserve this Award which recognizes their outstanding contribution to the club. 

We are absolutely delighted and honoured to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, it is a tribute to all our volunteers who have supported PACE through the years. Our volunteers are the backbone of the club and receiving this Award is much deserved recognition for them.

I am also pleased to say that PACE has received a special designation for providing impactful support during this pandemic. Our volunteers continued supporting the emotional and physical well-being of our members even though we were not able to deliver hands on sports sessions.

A short video we made as tribute to our volunteers