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John Lewis – a Paralympic legacy sponsor

John Lewis Stratford City has supported Panathlon since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, donating over £40,000 to provide sporting opportunities to young people since that time.

The store, which overlooks the Olympic Park, raised funds during London 2012 by asking members of the public for a donation to visit its Olympic Gallery, which has spectacular views over the Olympic Park.

It split the funds raised between four local charities, of whom Panathlon is one. The charities were selected by members of staff at John Lewis Stratford City, 85 percent of whom are from the Olympic boroughs.

John Lewis provides their Olympic Gallery as the venue for the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Awards each year. The 2017 Awards will be the 6th year they have kindly hosted our Outstanding Achievement Awards.


Partners from John Lewis Stratford visit the London Finals, a 5 minute walk away across the Olympic Park.

“We’re very proud to support Panathlon and their work in providing kids with a range of disabilities a chance to participate in sport,” said Ruth Scharvona, Managing Director at John Lewis Stratford City.“It’s great to see their work come alive through events like the final at the Copper Box here at the Olympic Park. It was amazing. The noise, atmosphere, excitement and competitiveness – you really felt it in there.

“It’s terrific to see the Olympic and Paralympic legacy doing what it’s meant to do. We’re thrilled that our relationship with Panathlon, which started with London 2012, is still going strong five years later.”

John Lewis’ investment in Panathlon also extends to the John Lewis Foundation supporting Panathlon further, with recent grants to support Panathlon swimming finals at the near-by London 2012 Aquatics Centre and additionally with the wider Panathlon aquatic programme. (See main pic at the top.)

Liz Johnson, Panathlon Ambassador and Paralympic champion (pictured with John Lewis Stratford partners at the top) said:“It’s fantastic to have the support of a commercial partner that really do care about their local community and support numerous charities like Panathlon to fulfil their potential.”

More recently partners at the store in Stratford have raised hundreds of pounds by running the Royal Parks Half Marathon, with Panathlon being their chosen charity.

WP_20171008_08_54_21_Pro (2)In October 2017, eight of the Stratford store each ran 13.1 miles -some experienced runners, some complete novices – and all getting fitter and benefitting the Panathlon charity at the same time.

Andre Ellis who co-ordinated the team said, “It was another fantastic Royal Parks Half Marathon and we’re all so proud to be running for the Panathlon charity. We witnessed the fantastic work Panathlon does when we visited the London Finals back in the summer, so we were all determined to do our best to help.”

The story even made the local Newham Recorder!

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20 finish Royal Parks Half for Panathlon

Twenty runners successfully completed the Royal Parks Half Marathon on October 9th in aid of the Panathlon charity.

The Royal Parks Half Marathon is one of the UK’s most popular races, with over 16,000 runners winding their way through London’s beautiful Royal Parks and past some of the capital’s most famous landmarks. The 13.1 mile course takes in three Royal Parks and landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street and the Serpentine.

Team Panathlon this year included runners from our friends at Accenture, Network Rail, Bilko, EQ Investors, Lane4, GLL Better, Miller Insurance, the Woodland Group and staff members from the Panathlon team as well.

On a beautiful autumnal morning, Hyde Park looked stunning and the weather conditions meant that it was likely personal best times would be up for grabs. The runners’ finishing times were as follows:

  1. Matt Iceton 1 hour 26 minutes 11 seconds
  2. Catherine Conway 1 hour 33 mins 31 seconds
  3. James Bradley 1 hour 34 mins 57 seconds
  4. Mick Barlow 1 hour 35 mins 25 seconds
  5. Ben Morrison 1 hour 36 mins 45 seconds
  6. Chris James 1 hour 36 mins 51 seconds
  7. Matt Parsons 1 hour 43 mins and 14 seconds
  8. Ian Iceton 1 hour 49 mins 38 seconds
  9. Nic Vogelpoel 1 hour 49 mins and 56 seconds
  10. Hen Watson 1 hour 54 mins 46 seconds
  11. Kevin Pickering 1 hour 55 mins and 18 seconds
  12. Kirsty Bennett 1 hour 59 mins and 44 seconds
  13. Max Putman 2 hours and 15 seconds
  14. Leanne Stubbings 2 hours 5 mins and 1 second
  15. Alice Castle 2 hours 6 mins and 47 seconds
  16. Lucy Putman 2 hours 7 mins and 14 seconds
  17. Jeanne Boyle 2 hours 14 mins and 13 seconds
  18. Lisa Pickering 2 hours 15 mins and 2 seconds
  19. Chris Rayner 2 hours 18 mins and 34 seconds
  20. Jo LePage 2 hours 47 mins and 58 seconds

Huge thanks to you all for your fund-raising efforts – clicking the links in the names above goes to their pages.

Some of the images from today are shown below.

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Any monies raised will help to go towards providing more sporting opportunities for young disabled people across the country. We have just announced record numbers of growth for last year, our 17th consecutive year of growth – and we benefited over 10,000 young disabled people last year – read the full story here

Thank you for your support!

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Photographers pedal 72 miles for Panathlon

Seventeen of the country’s top sports photographers have raised over £3,000 for Panathlon by spending a day cycling through the Cotswolds.

The third annual bike ride of its kind, and second tour of the Cotswolds, saw top sports freelancers compete alongside agencies to help support Panathlon’s work with disabled young people.

After weeks of planning by Gerry McManus, the cyclists set out on a circular route from Burford village in autumnal conditions.

The 72 mile circuit included three key climbs with a total ascent of around 1,200m, with a ‘King of the Mountains’ prize up for grabs for the best points overall in the 3 climbs.

Henry Browne from Reuters (pictured right) defending his polka dot jersey from last year, won two of the climbs outright and was well placed in the third to ensure he retained his King of the Mountains award.

King of the Mountains Henry Brown, congratulated by two colleagues.

King of the Mountains Henry Brown, congratulated by two colleagues.

The ‘King’ of the Mountains award pays tribute to a sadly deceased photographer colleague- the award winning Mike King, who many of today’s riders knew well.

Henry has photographed numerous Panathlon competitions in recent years, including last years London Final in the Olympic Park, so has seen first hand the benefits that the charity brings to disabled young people across the country.

“Panathlon gives disabled youngsters the chance to play competitive sport against each other when a lot of the time they don’t have those opportunities in school,” said Henry.

This year’s ride built on a successful first Panathlon Tour of the Cotswolds, last year where eleven photographers raised more than £2,000 to support our first ever swimming competition at Stoke Mandeville earlier in the year.

Panathlon Chief Operating Officer Tony Waymouth said: “It was fantastic to see the guys brave the elements to take on our third Panathlon Tour. The event is getting bigger and better each year, with more support from across the photography profession.

“The money they’ve raised really makes a difference and helps to create opportunities for disabled youngsters across the country, which many of the guys have seen first hand. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our cyclists from everyone at Panathlon. We look forward to seeing you again soon.”

You can support their fundraising page here –https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bikecotswolds


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St Edmundsbury win Suffolk final

Sixty-seven students from six schools competed at Westbourne Academy for the Suffolk Panathlon final, part of the Suffolk School Games.

We were joined on the day by Neil and Charlotte Holloway from the Emma Holloway Foundation, who were there to help present medals and award the brand new Volunteers Award to two very special young leaders.

Tyler Westbrook and Lewis Dix receiving their award from Charlotte

Tyler Westbrook and Lewis Dix receiving their award from Charlotte

There was a fantastic atmosphere throughout the day, but it was the strong team from St Edmundsbury made up of Priory and the Riverwalk Schools who won convincingly.

They won four out of the six disciplines, which separated them from Thomas Wolsey school in second place by a massive 12 points. For a full set of scores see our results page.

St Edmundsbury will now represent Suffolk in the East Regional Final in the autumn, where they will be looking to defend their title from 2014.

Two fantastic young leaders, Tyler Westbrook and Lewis Dix, received a very special award at the final. The two young boys have helped at multiple Panathlon events throughout the year, including the primary multi-sport and secondary multi-sport competitions.

They were identified as outstanding leaders and due to their fantastic enthusiasm they were invited to the Panathlon London final at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to officiate the sports and represent Suffolk.

Due to their incredible commitment this year we would like to thank them by awarding them the first Emma Holloway Foundation Young Leaders Award.

Thank you to the Emma Holloway Foundation for your continued support.

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West Counties Primary Panathlon

Primary school pupils from across Wiltshire and Gloucestershire came together in Swindon today for inaugural West Counties Primary Panathlon.

The first inter-county Panathlon competition to be held in West Country saw 48 children from five schools compete at Isambard College.

Gloucester’s Hempsted School were clear winners and crowned the first West Counties Primary Panathlon champions. The remaining places were very close, with only three points separating the two teams from Swindon’s Brimble Hill School in second place and fifth place.

The young competitors enjoyed discovering new games and learning new skills, as the teams rotated around eight sports – Messi football, volleybat, kurling, parachute popcorn, boccia blast, precision beanbag throw, target cricket and flight path – before the day ended with the relay races.

Two Gloucestershire schools – winners Hempsted and Cirencester’s Paternoster School – were selected for the regional competition from Gloucestershire’s Primary Panathlon programme, that involved almost 300 children across the county between February and June.

Isambard College was the venue for Wiltshire’s first Panathlon competition back in 2009, so it was good to be back there to break more new ground, for Wiltshire’s first Primary Panathlon and of course the West Country’s first inter-county regional Primary Panathlon.

10 Isambard students ran the day as Panathlon young leaders, doing a superb job at officiating and supporting the competition, so a big thank you to them.

Special thanks also to the Zurich Community Trust for supporting the competition.

The overall results were as follows:

1st. Hempsted C of E Primary School, Gloucester
2nd. Brimble Hill School, Swindon
3rd. St Nicholas School, Chippenham
4th. Paternoster School, Cirencester
5th. Brimble Hill Barbarians, Swindon
6th. Larkrise School, Trowbridge

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Girls football project hits back of the net

52 female players and 37 female coaches take part in pilot girls football project

As the England women’s football team have been making history at the Women’s World Cup, Panathlon has been breaking new ground of its own this term with our first ever ‘girls only’ football skills days.

The pilot project is designed to meet a demand for girls’ football – which will no doubt increase following the Lionesses’ third place finish in Canada, their most successful ever World Cup – and to get more girls interested in and confident playing the game.

52 female disabled footballers from nine schools took part in Panathlon’s new coaching and competitive activities over two days, led by 37 young female coaches and leaders.

The first skills day took place at Langdon Academy in east London, involving 25 female footballers from five local schools: Little Heath, Trinity, Eastbrook, Barking Abbey and Langdon Academy – and 19 young leaders.

The day consisted of six rotation drills run by the Langdon leaders, including goal shooting, passing, dribbling & goalie catching. After lunch, the players and leaders split into 10 teams that rotated around five mini-pitches, giving all the players five games non-stop.

Girls Football - 52The Langdon leaders supported the event with great enthusiasm, getting thoroughly involved in the drills and adapting them to the needs of the players to make them more fun. They even got involved in the games, supporting the players and involving them in passing moves.

Danielle Smith, sports development officer at Barking & Dagenham, said: “The event was very good. I liked the fact that the girls got to learn skills before playing a match. We can’t wait to participate again next year.”

Panathlon ran their second June pilot at Mill Hill Powerleague in north London, involing 27 girls from four schools: Bellvue, Samuel Rhodes, Woodfield & Riverside. Working with the players were 18 leaders, all girls, from Coptall School.

The leaders worked in pairs with three girls each, taking them through dribbling, passing and shooting skills. It was enjoyable to see the leader’s creativity, changing and adapting the drills to relate to the girls’ ability and to make them more fun to play. There were many variations of the games, the most amusing involving star jumps and the sausages and mash exercise!

Games again took centre-stage after lunch, with 18 matches of 10 minutes each spread across three pitches, involving nine five-a-side teams with three Panathletes and two leaders in each team. In most of the games the leaders chose only to assist rather than to score themselves, which added to the fun, and some of the goals scored were glorious!

So, just as the England team have inspired girls all over the country to lace up their football boots, so Panathlon has encouraged more girls to get involved in the national game with this popular pilot project.

By involving just female leaders to work with female players, the sessions were a notable success and received positive feedback from teachers, who commented that players were much more involved than in usual PE lessons.

Jenny McDonagh, a teacher at Samuel Rhodes School, said that one of her pupil’s involvement was the first time she’d done any PE all year and that, after some initial resistance, she was really starting to get into it.

Dan O’Brien of Woodfield School said: “Thanks for hosting the girls’ football day. Our girls really enjoyed it. I also thought the leaders were great; they showed terrific confidence and leadership skills when delivering the skills sessions.”

Sport England have been saying ‘This Girl Can’ in recent months and now Panathlon and its female footballers are proving them right. These girls most certainly can.

Take a look at some of the action from our first ever girls’ football skills sessions in the photo gallery (left).

With thanks to the Mayor of London for enabling us to get this new project off the ground.

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Hampshire multi-sport competition

30 children from 2 schools competed at Aldershot today as part of the Hampshire school games competition. The two school Baycroft and Hollywater taking part in the multi-sport competition.

In all the 2 teams enjoyed 3 matches of table cricket, 6 matches of kurling, 4 full games of boccia and 12 sets of polybat. The players, in between matches, were able to get involved at the field athletics stations with all the sports ready to go when the players arrived. As usual, we finished with the relay races.

Congratulations to Baycroft who won the competition and will progress into the South East Regional finals, to be held next term.

With us was Helen Turner, GB Wheelchair Basketball star & Panathlon Patron. Helen spoke to Hollywater school, “We came last year. This is suitable for all our children. All the games are at the right level for them & they like to have a go & compete. Their medals will be given at Assembly to share with the whole school. We do most of these sports at school, so they are familiar with them and able to play them here today at the Panathlon. The parents are very pleased to see our school competiting against other schools!”

Baycroft school told Helen, “One very shy pupil has been brought out of their shell today and got very involved. This pupil has enjoyed being a part of this event and have got involved much more than usual, they’ve loved it!”

Thank you to the leaders from Peter Symonds College Winchester and supported the competition superbly.

Gloucestershire Primary Panathlon final

After successfully navigating their qualifying rounds, eight schools made it to the Gloucestershire Primary Panathlon finals at Hartpury College on June 12th.

With funding from the St. James’s Place Foundation and support from Active Gloucester and the School Games, a total of 61 children had the chance to represent their schools in the final and compete across adapted sports such boccia, kurling, parachute popcorn, basketball shoot, and precision beanbag.

“This has been a fantastic day because I have a wide range of students with differing needs, yet they have all been able to access these sports,” said Anona Greening, teacher at Woodmancote School.

A total of 285 children competed this year across Gloucestershire in preliminary rounds, including one at Chipping Camden and Cirencester.

As part of the School Games competition, there were eight leaders on hand from Hartpury College who had been trained in Primary Panathlon activity earlier in the year.

Furthermore, six volunteers from the St. James’s Place Foundation were on hand to give coaching points and support whilst officiating the various sports.

Ashleegh Egan, teacher at St James School, said: “I wanted to say a thank you to all of the volunteers who ran the stations today. They were extremely enthusiastic and brilliant with my students. I’ve had excellent feedback from the children who have thoroughly enjoyed their day and keep asking when the next one is!”

After a thrilling morning’s competition, followed by relay races after lunch, a huge congratulations must go Glenthorpe School who performed brilliantly all day, winning a total of five of the nine activities.

In second place were Mitcheldean School who finished only two points ahead of bronze medalists St. James & Ebrington.

Panathlon look forward to growing these opportunities in Gloucester next year, providing even more children with the chance to compete and socialise in a vibrant atmosphere.

See a few action shots from the day in the photo gallery below. Thank you to Kirsty Dunleavy at Active Gloucester and to our funders the St. James’s Place Foundation and Sainsbury’s School Games.

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VI Ten Pin Bowling

Panathlon held their first ever visually impaired bowling competition this week in East London, for 13 students from Joseph Clarke School.  The day was possible thanks to funding from the City Bridge Trust. Debbie King, PE Teacher at Joseph Clarke School said “We’ve been more involved in Panathlon this year than any other because we now have opportunities like this for VI specific sport. 4 of the students here today have never been bowling and to see the enjoyment on their faces has been great. This year we have taken part in tennis, boccia and bowling and our students absolutely love the chance to do this because it’s so new to many of them. Boccia especially has been great because thanks to in school coaching and then the London finals all organised by Panathlon, we’re now travelling to Mansfield on the 3rd July to represent our school and London in the National Finals! Next year we can’t wait to be even more involved and also to see how our bowling scores stand up against other schools in the region.”

On the day it was the Orange Team consisting of Jason, David, Nesrana and Tayeb who took gold. The silver medal was awarded to the Blue team made up of Kelle, Daniel, Maria and Jack, whilst the red team including Sara, Fikrit, Imran, Debbie and Stella took the bronze medal . We now look forward to rolling the visually impaired bowling programme out across the rest of London in 2016 and having providing many more competitive opportunities for VI students.

“This has been an awesome day. My favourite sport is bowling and I’ve only come a couple of times before. I really like it when I’m about to throw the ball down and everyone in my team is cheering for me.” Tayeb, student at Joseph Clarke School

Thank you to our funders The City Bridge Trust

Girls Football

Panathlon piloted their first girls only football skills day today hosted by Langdon Academy in East London. 25 students participated from 5 local schools.The purpose of the day was to get more girls involved in football, particularly as girls are under-represented in our London football competition. The FA’s rules have recently changed allowing next years London football competitions, both U13 and U16’s to be mixed gender. Panathlon have organised 2 girls football days this term to meet a demand for girls football and get more girls interested and confident in playing football.

The day consisted of a 6 rotation drills run by the Langdon leaders, in groups of 2 or 3 players with 2 leaders. The drills included goal shooting, passing, dribbling & goalie catching. After the drills and after lunch, we split the players & leaders into 10 teams that rotated around 5 mini-pitches, giving all the players 5 games non-stop.
The Langdon leaders supported the event with great enthusiasm, really getting involved in the drills, adapting them to the needs of the players & to make them more fun, and then in the games, supporting the players & involving them.
We our second girls football day coming up in a few weeks time in North London. I look forward to seeing another group of players enjoying themselves so much as I saw today.
Thank you to the funders The Mayor of London
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Deaf primary multi-sport day

On Thursday 4th June, Panathlon held the North West London Deaf Primary Competition. The day which was funded by the City Bridge Trust, gave 35 deaf students the chance to represent their school and compete in Tennis, Table Cricket, Athletics and Football.

Before the event, the 3 schools (4 teams) who competing from Frank Barnes School, Kingsbury Green Junior and Heathlands School had the opportunity to meet students from other schools, before competing again.

“Our students have been so excited about coming” said Catherine Drew, teacher at Frank Barnes School. “They love coming to Panathlon events and the social interaction is fantastic for them too.”

Early on, there were some fragile shots in the tennis, but once the teams loosened up and ‘got their eye in’ there were some incredible shots flying down the court. Papa from Kingsbury Green and Alex from Frank Barnes showed exceptional skills on their forehand side after listening really well to instructions from the coach.

The table cricket contest was tighly fought with Heathlands school coming out on top and it was always going to be one of those competitions that went right down to the wire.

The scores were collated after the final relay races and the results were as follows:

Frank Barnes 1st Place,
Heathlands 2nd Place,
Kingsbury Green joint 3rd place,
Heathlands B joint 3rd Place.

Anita Tahmassebi, teacher at Kingsbury Green School said- “Despite being pipped at the post for gold, we have had a fantastic day. Our students were all thrilled to receive medals and t-shirts and to meet old and new friends from other deaf schools. Upon return to school they were very excited to tell their classmates and show what they had won which is great because they don’t often represent the school.  I also know that their parents also greatly appreciate your work and so as a school we’d like to say thank you for a great day”

A big thank you to the City Bridge Trust