The Panathlon Challenge is a national charity which provides sporting opportunities for over 10,000 disabled young people each year.
563 schools took part in our 242 ‘mini Paralympic’ competitions, training courses and coaching days in 2015/16, with over 75,000 active hours of sport provided to disabled children. Without Panathlon, many of our competitors would not otherwise have an opportunity to take part in competitive sport.
Panathlon has been benefiting young disadvantaged people since 1995 – with a focus on disabled young people since 1999 – and has invested over £6 million in opportunities for young people to compete in sport during this time.
Our sporting programmes – which include primary and secondary multi-sport events, swimming, football and boccia – currently reach all 32 London boroughs and 27 counties across England and we continue to grow, with 30 counties set to be involved by 2017 and plans to be nationwide by 2020.
Panathlon also delivers training courses to 14- to 19-year-olds and has qualified over 5,000 young leaders, 14% of whom have learning difficulties. Many of these act as sports officials at Panathlon events.
Much independent research has proven the massive impact that Panathlon has on young people’s lives. Some of the most inspirational stories from the young people to have benefited from Panathlon can be found in our case studies section.
Panathlon’s work has been featured in the national media, including Sky Sports, the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Independent – along with extensive coverage in local and regional press. To see some of that coverage, please visit our YouTube channel or Pinterest page.
Panathlon relies on funding from a combination of commercial sponsors, government and charitable trusts. We are grateful for the support of all our sponsors, including the St James’s Place Foundation, the Jack Petchey Foundation, the Peter Harrison Foundation and the Mayor of London. We are also proud to have a number of sporting patrons and a Panathlon ambassador – all with Paralympic pedigree.
With an ever-increasing demand for our work, we are always searching for more support and funding, so that we can continue to make a difference to the lives of thousands of disabled young people across the country.
If you would like to support Panathlon in 2015 and beyond, or you would like to find out more about our work , please don’t hesitate to get in touch.