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

 Despite the curtailing of our events on March 13th this year due to Covid-19, we still were able to provide sporting competition to 15,091 children from 1,185 schools in England and Wales. (We involved 22,000 last year and were on track to beat that record this year before we had to suspend the last 4 months of activities) The young people took part in ‘mini Paralympics’ multi-sport competitions as well as our dedicated swimming, football, boccia and ten-pin bowling programmes. With an additional 3,612 students aged 14-19 fulfilling roles as specially-trained Young Leaders at our competitions, that made a grand total of 18,703 young people engaged in our sporting programmes in this shortened academic year. If you are new to Panathlon, take a look at the website to get a flavour of what we are all about.

15091 Competitors

1185 Schools

43 Counties

3612 Young Leaders

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  • It’s fantastic what Panathlon does for disabled children. When I was first disabled and in a mainstream school, PE was really limited and the teachers didn’t really know what to do with me. If Panathlon had been available to me then, it would have helped me a lot for sure.

    Freya Levy, a member of the Great Britain wheelchair basketball team
  • Panathlon provides an opportunity for disabled children to mix with others and experience competition; which is so important. Every person in the team matters and has a contribution to make to the final points score. Participation in sport sets you up for life, and every child should be encouraged to get involved.

    Liz Johnson, Paralympic swimming champion and Panathlon ambassador
  • I am proud that partners such as Panathlon are delivering on our vision of the Olympic & Paralympic Games boosting sports participation.

    Lord Seb Coe, double Olympic gold medallist
  • If there’s anything that demonstrates an Olympic and Paralympic legacy, it’s this. Some of the legacy has got a bit lost along the way, but not here. That’s why I love it so much.  There is no other organisation that puts on something this inclusive and this competitive. It’s completely unique and I love it.

    Alex Brooker, star of Channel 4’s ‘The Last Leg’ and Panathlon Patron
  • The atmosphere that Panathlon creates is awesome. These people here are playing to win and it’s nice to see that attitude amongst them. I think it’s important that everybody has the chance to compete and take part at whatever level they want to.

    Steve Brown, Team GB wheelchair rugby captain at London 2012
  • The attitude of all the pupils taking part was wonderful. Everyone represented their school team with great joy and tried their best at each station of activity

    Hillcross Primary School, Merton
  • Their independence has grown over the last couple of years and this has definitely been helped through their participation in Panathlon.

    Southwood Primary, Barking & Dagenham
  • Primary Panathlon sounded like the perfect way of allowing the primary age to play sport in a team and most importantly, where they could be involved in everything. The school now has it as a central part of its PE and lunchtime sports clubs now exist for the younger children.

    William Bellamy School, Barking & Dagenham, London
  • The school wanted to give children and outlet for lessons and this opportunity was too great, allowing pupils to develop their competitiveness, understand how to accept winning and losing, and improve their social skills and confidence.

    Chadwell Primary
  • Since the majority of deaf children are mainstreamed, there is little opportunity for them to discover deaf participation only sport. Panathlon is instrumental in being able to deliver this awareness and enable deaf children to participate in deaf sports with each other.

    Blanche Neville, London
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