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Paralympic legends praise Panathlon’s impact

Three GB Paralympic legends were united in their praise for Panathlon as they enjoyed the sight of 200 of London’s finest disabled athletes competing at our showpiece final at... more

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Funders reveal pride at London Final spectacle

Panathlon’s funders spoke of their “immense pride” after witnessing our showpiece London Final at the Copper Box Arena – the climax to a competition that was only made possible... more

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It’s a hat-trick for Barking & Dagenham

Barking & Dagenham wrapped up their third successive London Multisport Final title at the Copper Box Arena at the Olympic Park with another thoroughly dominant display. The team comprising... more

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Record numbers compete in Surrey

We have been busy this term in the county of Surrey with a four fold expansion to our Primary Panathlon programme. Panathlon have hosted four regional competitions across the... more

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The view from poolside – U14 North of England Swimming Finals

We spoke to a number of teachers, parents, pupils and governors at this year’s U14 North of England Swimming Finals about the influence Panathlon has had on their children.... more

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National champions Great Arley win U14 North of England Swimming Finals

Great Arley School, from Lancashire, added U14 North of England Swimming Final success to their National U14 crown at Ponds Forge in Sheffield on Wednesday. Pupils from the Thornton... more

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Kent Finalists qualify

Panathlon have been busy over the last week delivering three Kent competitions; Ursuline College for the East Kent teams, Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey for the Central Kent teams... more

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Star trio reveal joy at Children of Courage awards

The parents of three Panathletes honoured at the London Children of Courage awards have expressed their immense pride after watching their children take to the stage. Romeo Itonga, 12,... more

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Whitefields Retain London Swim Final Gold

The iconic London Aquatics Centre hosted the London swim Finals and Plate finals, involving 54 competitors from 8 schools across the Capital. Teams had qualified from previous rounds earlier... more

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Panathlon ‘legend’ Barry wins Teacher of the Year prize

Parents, grandparents, pupils and colleagues have queued up to pay tribute to “legendary” SEN Lead Barry Cornforth, who was recently named North Yorkshire Teacher of the Year. Barry, who... more

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St. James’s Place staff hail “unbelievable” Panathlon experience

Staff from St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation revealed their pride and emotion after volunteering at Panathlon’s Birmingham Primary Final. The Foundation is Panathlon’s principal sponsor and six staff from... more

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Awesome Calderdale strike gold again

Calderdale’s domination of Panathlon competitions showed no signs of abating as they were crowned Yorkshire Multisport champions for the third year in a row. Calderdale’s 50-point total edged out... more

Wheelchair Handball debut!

Three teams from two schools competed in the Merseyside Schools Wheelchair Handball tournament held at Greenbank Sports Academy on 23rd April 2018. This was a first experience for some... more

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Merseyside Primary Competition

Fifty-eight primary school aged children from 5 schools across the county competed in the Primary Panathlon Challenge held on 19th April 2018. Congratulations to St Helens (pictured left) who... more

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Olympic Park Qualifiers

After 16 qualifying competitions involving 1,240 participants from 105 schools across London, we now know the eight teams who will make up our showpiece London Finals at the Copper... more

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Thurrock maximum in title defence

Two highly skilful and enthusiastically fought semi-finals have taken place in the last week to determine our qualifiers for the Essex Final on July 6th. First off was the... more

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Sutton & Merton qualify in the West

St Mary’s University hosted the West London Final today, involving 155 students from 22 schools from 7 West London Boroughs (Sutton, Merton, Hillingdon, Kingston, Wandsworth, Hounslow & Ealing). This... more

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South London Finals – Crystal Palace

The South London Finals took place today with 132 competitors from 17 schools in 8 south London Boroughs at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Panathlon Ambassador and Paralympic Champion... more

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South England Champions Final

Panathlon hosted the South England Champions final at the Guildford Spectrum Sports Centre, involving the county champions from Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and Kent teams. This was a best-of-the-best regional... more

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Merseyside KS4 Basketball Competition

60 children from 6 schools across Merseyside, took part in the KS4 Basketball competition held at Greenbank Sports Academy. After some very close games throughout the day, it was... more

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Greenbank Team Boccia Tournament

14 teams from across the country took part in a very exciting and competitive tournament. The standard of play was very high throughout the day. The competition was threatened... more

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Power Hockey Rolls into Town

On the 14th and 15th March, Panathlon ran the North London and South London Powerchair Hockey Competitions for 38 physically disabled young people. Richard Cloudesley’s Primary and Secondary pupils,... more

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Merseyside Secondary Age Panathlon Challenge

A total of seventy-three children representing six local authorities took part at Greenbank Sports Academy, competing in a very highly competitive Panathlon event with Sefton winning the competition. The... more

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East London Finals

An energetic and competitive East London Final took place today at the University of East London Sportsdock, with 132 competitors from 18 East London Schools. With the day split... more

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First round London Multi-Sport competitions

Panathlon has been busy in London over the last four weeks delivering eight Multi-Sport competitions across the capital. We have seen 636 competitors from 80 schools take part with... more

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Great Arley crowned inaugural National U14 Swim champs

Great Arley School from Lancashire won gold at London’s Aquatic Centre in the National U14 Swimming Final– Panathlon’s first ever nationwide pan-disability competition. The victors from Thornton Cleveleys scored... more

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Visually Impaired swimmers make a splash the Aquatic Centre

As part of yet another huge Panathlon swimming week at the London Aquatics Centre, 33 visually impaired swimmers competed in our first regional V.I. Final. Eight teams from Essex,... more

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Back-to-back titles for Great Baddow

Great Baddow School from Chelmsford, pictured above, were crowned National Deaf Panathlon swimming champions in the Aquatics Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on Tuesday. The... more

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Building on Sheffield Success at Ponds Forge

Building on the success of last November’s primary Swim Panathlon, Panathlon delivered another primary swimming event in Sheffield this week, to cater for the excess demand that has been... more

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Success Again for Doncaster

Doncaster School for Deaf were crowned winners of the South Yorkshire secondary Swimming Final at Ponds Forge International pool on Tuesday. The Doncaster school pipped Kenwood School from Sheffield,... more

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Heathlands take National Deaf Swimming title

Heathlands Primary took home gold and silver at the inaugural Panathlon National Deaf Swimming Final at the iconic London Aquatics Centre on Thursday. Such was the strength of the... more

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Colchester duo dominate Essex Swim Final

Market Field School pipped crosstown rivals Doucecroft School to the title of Essex Panathlon swimming champions at the Aquatics Centre in London on Wednesday. The two Colchester schools –... more

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Amwell View and John Watson on top

Amwell View and John Watson schools were the victors as an Aquatics Centre triple-header began with the Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire Swimming Finals on Tuesday January 16. Amwell View School... more

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Woodland staff cherish ‘amazing’ Panathlon experience

Staff from the Woodland Group enjoyed an early taste of Christmas cheer as they helped make the Essex Primary Panathlon a resounding success.  Volunteers from the company’s office in... more

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London Swim Galas attract record numbers

Over the last week Panathlon has delivered four swimming competitions in the North, South, East and West of London. This involved a staggering 178 swimmers (up from 166 in... more

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Welcome to Hull

Newcomers to Panathlon, the City of Hull, experienced first- hand today the thrill of its first ever competition day. Five schools and 62 children engaged in a 4-team competition with... more

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St. James’s Place staff ‘privileged’ to lend a hand in York

Staff from the St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation said they felt “privileged” to act as volunteers at Monday’s Yorkshire Primary Panathlon in York.  The Foundation is one of Panathlon’s... more

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North West Deaf Football

Forty-one children from 5 schools across the North West took part in the Panathlon Challenge Deaf football tournament held at Greenbank Sports Academy on Thursday 30th November 2017. Knotty Ash... more

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Calderdale to the fore once again

Calderdale continued their fantastic run in Panathlon competitions by winning their fourth consecutive West Yorkshire Panathlon Challenge. Students with disabilities and special needs from Brooksbank High School and Brighouse... more

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Enfield win their first Panathlon Football Cup

Enfield lifted the Panathlon Football Cup in an incredibly close Champions Finals at Wembley Stadium Powerleague in the shadow of the iconic arch.  The Champions Finals involved 118 young players with disabilities and special educational needs from... more

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Merseyside Wheelchair Basketball

Over 40 children from 4 schools across Merseyside competed in the Merseyside Schools Wheelchair Basketball tournament held at Greenbank Sports Academy on 27th November 2017. The winners of Group... more

Heritage Park through to Northern Swim Final

Heritage Park were crowned winners of the South Yorkshire Primary Swimming Final at Ponds Forge International Pool on Wednesday. The Sheffield school proved to be a dominant force, finishing... more

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Wilmslow School win first Cheshire Primary Panathlon

Wilmslow School won the first Cheshire Primary Panathlon in Warrington on the 21st November. Wilmslow beat six other teams from across Cheshire to secure the title and take out... more

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Brimble Hill & Uplands enjoy more Wiltshire Success

Panathlon enjoyed another great competition in Wiltshire which involved 70 competitors from 6 local SEN schools, working in partnership with Marlborough College & Wiltshire School Games Team. Last year’s... more

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North West Regional Under-14 Panathlon Swimming Finals

Park Academy continued its battle with Great Arley for swimming supremacy, this time in the North West Regional Under-14 Panathlon Swimming Finals in Accrington. Park Academy, edged out perennial... more

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Primary triple header in Birmingham

Panathlon recently swept into Birmingham to deliver three days of Primary competitions involving over 240 children. Day one saw 72 competitors from seven schools with 10 teams involved. A... more

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St James’s Place staff lend a hand in Bristol

Employees from the Bristol office of the St. James’s Place Foundation had their first taste of volunteering as officials during a Panathlon competition. The team of seven from the... more

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Broadgreen win PD Boccia

Forty-seven disabled physically disabled children from 5 schools took part in an enjoyable but competitive event to determine the 2 finalists for the Lord Taverners Regional event that will... more

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Thurrock crowned South of England champions

Thurrock sealed the Panathlon South of England Multisport title champions by the tiniest of margins at Mark Hall Sports Centre in Harlow on Monday. The Thurrock team, made up of students from... more

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Merseyside Schools Pan Disability Boccia Tournament 2017

Congratulations to all the players who took part in the competition, over 70 children from across Merseyside attended. The standard of play has improved again this year with some... more