As it begins 25th anniversary celebrations, the Jack Petchey Foundation has renewed its support for Panathlon – marking 20 years since our organisations first joined forces.

The Foundation has pledged £132,620 to fund Panathlon’s sporting activity for pupils with disabilities and special needs across London and Essex in 2024.

This funding will provide almost 10,000 children with over 300 days of specialised sporting activity which they are too often otherwise denied.

The Foundation’s funding renewal takes the total amount invested in Panathlon by the Jack Petchey Foundation since 2004 to just under £1.5million.

Those 20 years of funding have helped enrich the lives of tens of thousands of children, bringing them multiple personal benefits – and having a positive ripple effect on school environments, families and communities.

The Foundation also supports our training of Young Leaders who guide their younger peers during Panathlon events and officiate in the competitions.

Just one example of Jack Petchey Foundation’s impact came in an Xtend multisport event at Chadwell Heath Academy in East London during the 2023 autumn term.

Teresa Scully, the local School Games Organiser, said: “Panathlon events are the highlight of our School Games calendar in Redbridge. It is an event where participant enthusiasm, fun and efforts are matched by the Young Leaders and accompanying staff. It’s one of those moments in life where you focus on the positives and believe the world can be a better place!”

Overall, the Foundation has invested over £170 million in charities and other youth organisations who support children and young people across London and Essex. The Foundation’s work has directly benefitted over a million young people.

Panathlon CEO, Ashley Iceton, said: “Our first grant from Jack Petchey Foundation was back in 2004 for £8,000 to expand our programme to South London. In the 20 years since then we haven’t looked back. Thanks to their support we’ve expanded to all areas of London and Essex.

“A highlight of our partnership is the annual Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards. Many past award winners have gone on to achieve great things, including current members of staff Harry Bowtell and charity trustee Adil Ghani. We congratulate the Foundation on their 25th anniversary this year and are delighted to be one of their major partners.”

Gemma Juma, the CEO of Jack Petchey Foundation, said of the renewal: “In the last year Panathlon managed to reach almost 63,000 young people with their multi-sport programme, so we’re delighted to continue funding this incredible charity. It’s a programme that builds self-confidence and belief. That’s been at the heart of all the Foundation’s work over the past 25 years. Together with partners like Panathlon we will continue to work hard to make a difference to future generations and to support young people to achieve great things.”