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Our Stories – Young Leaders

Young Leader experience of “immense value”

The experience of being a Young Leader at Panathlon competitions is of “immense all-round value” says Paul Read from Sir Herbert Leon Academy. Students from the school in Milton... more

“It teaches them to treat disabled children normally, not differently”

Burnt Mill Academy Trust joined the ‘Panathlon family’ in 2017/18 and have provided Young Leaders in three competitions so far. Director of Sport Phil Dawes calls it “one of... more

Panathlon gives Young Leader platform for success

A first year student has been offered a work placement in a ‘Panathlon school’ after her performance as a Young Leader at the West London Panathlon finals. Vicky Cockle... more

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Deaf young leaders are “great role models”

Young sports leaders help Panathlon stage competitive sports events for over 10,000 disabled and SEN students every year, and many of them have proved to be ideal role models... more

Jack Gair and Jessica Oaten
Panathlon’s role in Jack’s extraordinary journey

Jack Gair’s Panathlon journey began as a competitor and progressed to becoming an award-winning young leader and ambassador. Now aged just 19, he can already look back on a... more

Shane in line for Young Leader prize in USA

Shane Gunesh, winner of our 2016 Jack Petchey Foundation Young Leader of the Year award, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Michael Johnson Young Leaders programme in the USA.... more

Want to coach? Learn on the job with Panathlon

Students on sport and physical education courses wishing to expand their coaching skills by working with disabled children now have the chance to do so with Panathlon. We’ve started... more

St Mary’s partnership extended

The Panathlon Foundation has been involved with St Mary’s University in Twickenham for the past three years and we are continuing to extend the support that the University plays... more

David Ejinkonye – Young Leader

16-year-old David Ejinkonye was named as Panathlon’s Young Leader of the Year in November 2014. The teenager, from Canning Town, received the prestigious honour at the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement... more

Young Leaders with Learning Difficulties (Birmingham)

Phase 1 Leadership Training Panathlon trained Young Leaders from Victoria Special School (Moderate Learning Difficulty), Hall Green Special School (Moderate Learning Difficulty), Queensbury Special School (Moderate Learning Difficulty) and... more

Young Leaders with Learning Difficulties (Surrey & Kent)

In addition to the hundreds of Young Leaders trained around the country in 2014, Panathlon has developed a Leadership programme for Young people with Moderate and Severe Learning impairments.... more