The Primary Panathlon programme provides an introduction to Panathlon for five- to 11-year olds, through a team competition that builds foundation skills in a range of Panathlon sports.
The programme, which develops skills in line with the national curriculum (Key Stage 1 & 2), was developed to help address basic physical literacy needs for primary-aged children along with training needs for primary school teachers.
After a successful pilot in early 2013 – involving 250 children from 28 primary schools at four trial events – the Primary Panathlon programme programme began in earnest in 2013/14, funded in London by the Wembley National Stadium Trust (WNST).
The first year was a huge success, with 25 events across London involving 1,700 pupils from 174 schools. A further 1,000 participants from over 100 schools took part in 13 Primary Panathlon events held outside of the capital.
Thanks to further investment from the WNST, the Primary Panathlon programme will be expanded across London over the next two years, and is now on target to create a sporting pathway for over 3,700 disabled young people across the capital by the end of 2015/16, with a further 2,000 involved across the rest of England thanks to local investment.
Take a look at a Primary Panathlon event in action in the video below.