In 2021/22, Panathlon gave over 50,000 young people with disabilities and special needs the opportunity to take part in competitive sport
Our multi-sport, swimming, football, boccia and ten-pin bowling programmes (to name just a few) give participants the opportunity to represent their school in sporting competition that they are so often otherwise denied. Our events have a transformational impact on participants’ skills, self-esteem, confidence, health and wellbeing. Last year, over 5,000 Young Leaders were specially trained to officiate at our events and support competitors.
In response to the pandemic, we launched our in-school Virtual Programme in September 2020. In its first year, 45,845 children took part. Although Covid-19 restrictions have now eased, our in-school activities remain hugely popular, with over 14,000 participating last academic year.