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Football

sli_pan_eastfin_0313_038Football was introduced to the London Panathlon programme in 2008 following the receipt of a grant from the Football Foundation.

This ensured the introduction of football for Panathletes with severe learning difficulties (SLD) in 2009, for Powerchair users in 2010 and for visually impaired footballers in 2011.

In 2011, Panathlon began to deliver various football courses including the FA Coaching Disabled Footballers course, FA Visual Impaired Footballers course and three Powerchair Football courses.

The first Panathlon Powerchair competition took place in June 2010 and we continue to develop Powerchair football in conjunction with the Wheelchair Football Association.

In the summer of 2013 we held new talent selection days and we built on this in 2014 with a new coaching programme and two more talent ID days.

Panathlon Challenge - Football Finals - 25/11/2014Panathlon launched a new structure for SLD football in 2014 with more competitive opportunities and matches for all.

The competition now sees teams from 16 London Boroughs across two age groups – under-13s and under-16s – compete in regional heats, with the top two teams from the North, South, East and West London regions qualifying for the finals of either the Champions Cup or the Plate competition.

The 2014 finals were held on 25-26 November at Powerleague Wembley, with Haringey crowned Panathlon Football Champions in the shadow of Wembley’s iconic arch. In total, the 2014 Panathlon Football Cup involved 573 players across 252 matches, with 899 goals scored!

To build on the continuing success of Panathlon’s football programme, a new girls’ programme and structure is under development.

Once funding is secure an announcement will be made, so watch this space!