Panathlon gives thousands of young people with disabilities and special needs every year the opportunity to take part in competitive sport

Our multi-sport, swimming, football, boccia, ten-pin bowling, new-age kurling, powerchair, cricket and tennis programmes 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.

When our programme of external events was halted by Covid-19, we launched our in-school Virtual Programme. In 2020/21, 45,845 children took part in 583 schools. This figure includes 2,140 trained Young Leaders who supported their younger peers and officiated in the competitions.