Tuesday 2 September 2014 by Jigsaw NI
Jigsaw NI activities run term-time (Sept-June), but the need for summer activities became apparent a few years ago and since then we run 3 summer schemes for 4 weeks during the summer months.
One summer scheme is held in Connswater C&L on Tuesday mornings for 4 weeks of the summer months and caters for those service users in the South and East part of the city.
One summer scheme is held in Divis CC on Wednesday mornings for 4 weeks of the summer months and caters for those service users in the North and West part of the city.
The third summer scheme is held in Skipperstone CC, Bangor on Thursday mornings for 4 weeks of the summer months and caters for service users in the South Eastern Trust area.
The summer scheme includes activities such as: warm ups, Boccia, New-age curling, target games, quizzes, bingo etc and is very popular with our service users. Over the past 2 years we have received some funds from the Black Santa sit-out fund, which has been used to cover some of the costs of the summer activities and we would like to thank them very much for this support.
Wednesday 2 April 2014 by Jigsaw NI
Supported by Belfast City Council Support for Sport programme
Jigsaw NI received funding from Belfast City Council Support for Sport programme to further develop the Boccia groups in Belfast and run a Boccia tournament for both groups to come together to compete for the coveted shield.
The tournament took place on Thursday 20th March 2014 and was held in the Spectrum Centre. There were 12 teams competing on the day. Each team played against 3 other teams with their scores added up from each game to make their final total. A lot of the games were very tightly fought, but the top two teams that went through to the final were Mary’s Mates who had 16 points and The 3 C’s on 9 points. The final was a very tight one, with the score being one each after the first two ends, making the third end the deciding end. Mary’s Mates were in magnificent playing form and came out on top at the end.
Clare McQuiston, Manager of Jigsaw NI, said “Well done to all the teams that took part in the tournament and Congratulations to Mary’s Mates on winning the tournament. Boccia has become so popular with our service users and is enjoyed very much by those in the groups. Receiving the funding from Belfast City Council Support for Sport programme has given Jigsaw NI the opportunity to introduce the sport to new people and also to hold another Boccia tournament for all those involved in the Boccia groups. It is great to see our service users from different groups coming together to compete in a sport that they enjoy. Thank you to Belfast City Council Support for Sport and to all who made the tournament and overall project a success.”
Action shot from the tournament
Runner up team – The 3 C’s
The winning “Mary’s Mates” team
Friday 7 March 2014 by Jigsaw NI
On Thursday the 27th of February the first ever Dedication Boccia NI tournament took place at the Spectrum Centre. This tournament was dedicated to two former members of Jigsaw NI, Rosemary McCaw and Mary Magill.
There were twelve teams competing on the day from many different settings, including Jigsaw NI, Clifton Nursing Home, Malton Fold, Our Lady’s Nursing Home, Ben Madigan Nursing Home and St. Bridget’s Fold.
Each team played a total of three games and the team with the highest score would win the tournament. Most games were tight, with only a single ball separating the two teams, but in first place with 14 points was Malton Rockets, following closely in second and third places were two Jigsaw NI teams Beach Boys on 12 points and Glynis’ Boys on 11 points.
Unfortunately, Boccia NI couldn’t touch base with any of Rosemary McCaw’s family to invite them to help with the presentation of the prizes, but Veronica Carson, daughter of Mary Magill was in attendance to present the prizes.
Clare McQuiston, manager of Jigsaw NI said “all the participants enjoyed the tournament and it was a nice way to remember our former members, as they both really enjoyed the sport. I would like to thank Boccia NI for running the Dedication tournament this year in memory of our two former members – thank you.
Jigsaw NI is a charitable organisation which provides activities, including art, swimming, chair-based activity, football, keep-fit and boccia for adults with disabilities. These classes encourage service users to get involved with the community and develop new skills and meet new people in a supportive, safe and fun environment.
Jigsaw NI’s Beach Boys Team who were runners up in the tournament.
Photo: Veronica Carson presenting the winning team “Malton Rockets” with the Dedication Shield and trophy.
Veronica Carson presenting Emmanuel Quinn (member of Beach Boys team) with the runner up prize.
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