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 various partners across the country, Primary Panathlon has boomed and we delivered 97 separate Primary competitions in 20+ counties involving over 5,000 children aged five to 11.
One highlight was the Primary Final for London & the South East at the Copper Box Arena, involving over 20 schools and 200+ competitors.
Take a look at a Primary Panathlon event in action in the video below.