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Panathlon gives almost 22,000 young people with disabilities and special needs every year the opportunity to take part in competitive sport

 In the last year, 21,906 children and young people from 1,335 schools in England and Wales took part in ‘mini Paralympics’ multi-sport competitions for secondary or primary-age pupils as well as our dedicated swimming, football, boccia and ten-pin bowling programmes. With an additional 4,611 students aged 14-19 fulfilling roles as specially-trained Young Leaders at our competitions, that made a grand total of 26,517 young people engaged in our sporting programmes in a single academic year. If you are new to Panathlon, take a look at the video at the bottom of the page to get a flavour of what we are all about

21906 Competitors

+3,936 increase on 2017/18

1335 Schools

+315 increase on 2017/18

42 Counties

+5 increase on 2017/18

4611 Young Leaders

+680 increase on 2017/18


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All Panathlon Events & Competitions are suspended, until after April.
Further decisions will be made dependant on how the situation with Corona Virus develops.
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All Panathlon Events & Competitions are suspended, until after April.
Further decisions will be made dependant on how the situation with Corona Virus develops.
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  • Panathlon is pretty much the only competition these kids have. A lot of them don’t have the option for sports outside of school. Having this big tournament is really the only time they can access all of these sports in one place. It’s very rare and it’s very good.

    Brandon Mullins, Head of PE at Beacon Hill Academy, Essex
  • “The Environment is conducive so they feel comfortable, which enables them to perform at their best.”

    Ailsa Bell, Freebrough Academy
  • Panathlon is great because it allows more children the chance to join in and compete. It’s an event that doesn’t focus on their disabilities, but on what they are able to do. It levels the playing field and the children are all enjoying themselves today. It’s fantastic.

    Dawn Catley, education engagement officer at Active Essex
  • Panathlon is a really inclusive event. It’s difficult to find events that are suitable for SLD children and Panathlon is just that.

    Heather Jolly, teacher at Shenstone School, Bexley
  • Panathlon is a fantastic event. It’s changed the way we do sport in school. We’ve set up after school clubs specifically for Panathlon so we train pupils up all the way through. There are other competitions, but Panathlon is definitely the best. It’s like the World Cup.

    Luke Hammatt, PE teacher at Trinity School, Barking & Dagenham
  • It feels amazing to be representing the borough. It’s an amazing experience to even be here. We’re so lucky to get this opportunity I think. I really enjoy being part of Panathlon and I think I’d like to be a young Panathlon coach in the future.

    Toyin Fabusiwa, aged 15, Croydon
  • There aren’t usually many opportunities for these children, particularly those in wheelchairs, but Panathlon provides quite a big range of sports for them to do. It also helps develop life skills, their behaviour and social skills.

    Robert Zawistak, teacher at West Lea School, Enfield
  • This is the first time I’ve played football here at Wembley. It’s inspiring. It’s good to take part, as tournaments like this aren’t normally for disabled kids.

    Cameron O’Connor, aged 12, Southwark
  • The thing that we like about Panathlon the most, and our staff and parents always comment on, is that Panathlon levels the playing field. That’s the key for them to be able to perform equally against their peers.

    Jeremy Lonsdale, Greenacre’s PE Lead
  • A lot of kids don’t get the opportunity to represent their county even in a mainstream school, let alone a special school. For some of these kids, this could be the peak of where they get to in sport, so what a great event. They are overwhelmed and think it’s absolutely incredible. That’s what it’s all about.

    Kevin Hughes, Assistant Head of PE at Arbour Vale School, Slough
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