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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


All the latest results, competition dates and training dates.

Friday 20thNorth SuffolkEast Point AcademyNorth Suffolk Primary
Friday 20thNorfolkWellington PierTen Pin Bowling
Monday 23rdMerseysideGreenbank Sports Academy6 a side football SLD/PD
Monday 23rdLondonThe Vale SchoolNorth London Powerchair Hockey Tournament
Tuesday 24thLondonCoopers SchoolSouth London Powerchair Hockey Tournament
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Monday 23rd LondonWestlea SchoolAnnual Meeting - North London
Thursday 26thLondonCrystal Palace NSCAnnual Meeting - South London
Thursday 26thLondonSt GilesBoccia Leader Training
Friday 27thLondonNortholt Leisure CentreAnnual Meeting - West London
Monday 30th LondonNewham Leisure CentreAnnual Meeting - East London
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Kent Final

TEAMBocciaTable CricketKurlingPolybatAthletics FieldAthletics RacesTOTALPlacings
Sheppey & Sittingbourne8810448422nd
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Panathlon’s impact spread further than ever before in 2018/19 with almost 22,000 young people benefiting.

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  • Achieving at Panathlon helps the children right across the curriculum. It gives them that sense that they can achieve something on their own merit, which gives them the confidence to try in other areas of school.

    Beverly Shillingford, inclusion team leader at Langdon Academy, Newham
  • “We’ve done three Panathlon events now and these guys have been such a close-knit team throughout the rounds.  They had never even spoken to each other before, but this has brought them all together and they’re never apart now. Panathlon is such a blessing, it really is, It has been a real journey for all of them. I would feel terrible if these kids couldn’t take advantage of this opportunity. A lot of mainstream school, yes, it’s inclusive, but it’s very hard for them to actually get involved. This is totally different and it’s why they love it so much.”

    Adam Alli, Rhodes Avenue School
  • We absolutely love Panathlon. It’s brilliant for us as a mainstream school, because our more able-bodied students get involved with our disabled students and they play games together, so there’s a really nice crossover.

    Mark Simmons, lead teaching assistant (disabled and medical) at Myton School, Warwick
  • A lot of these guys have quite challenging behaviour in lessons, but having the Panathlon Football Finals to look forward to helps them enormously. Being here is amazing for them and they absolutely love it. A lot of them find it difficult to maintain relationships with their peers, but it seems like when they’re out on the pitch they have a shared goal and you don’t see the same sort of outbursts.

    Richard Brown, Teacher at Cricket Green
  • Panathlon has been a big help for me. It inspires me and it inspires so many to take part in sport. It’s a really good experience. It feels really good to take part, to represent my school and Cambridgeshire. I’m really happy.

    Matthew O’Leary, Cambridgeshire
  • My favourite things about today were the races, the medals and the freedom. I felt fresh, healthy and free in the pool. The ball race was my favourite.

    Riley Kane, aged 11, Lowestoft, Suffolk
  • This place is really fantastic. I swam so fast I was like a machine! When I finish I just feel so confident, happy and proud.

    Freddy Leech, aged 14, Enfield
  • Just having the opportunity to compete against students from different parts of the country is amazing. Panathlon can’t support us enough.

    Jeremy Lonsdale, Greenacre’s PE Lead
  • I don’t think there’s any better way for the kids to develop their confidence. I’ve seen them develop from shy, retiring children to really confident young men and women. It’s life-changing.

    Janine Edwards, teaching assistant at Whitmore High School, Harrow
  • I went back to my school and showed everyone my medal, and all the people in school were cheering. It made me feel impressive!

    Ryan Gardner, aged 11, Cirencester, Glos
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