Ron Mills, Trustee at the Jack Petchey Foundation, was a special guest at Panathlon’s Xtend competition in Essex on Thursday (27 June).

We held two Xtend competitions on the day, one in Essex and another in East London, with 11 schools competing in total; 84 competitors and 28 Young Leaders.

St. John Payne School hosted the Essex Special Schools Xtend competition with five competing schools taking part in a carousel of eight sporting stations. Winners were Doucecroft School from
Colchester, with Harlow Fields in second and Lancaster from Westcliffe-on-Sea in third. Young Leaders were from the host school, pictured receiving their final briefing below!

Ron (pictued above main photo with the winning Doucecroft team) from the Jack Petchey Foundation – our longest-serving supporter – said: “It’s great to see another Panathlon event in action and talk to the schools and Young Leaders. It’s fantastic to hear the positive stories from Doucecroft School in particular where it is clear Panathlon has made such a difference to so many children.”

Andrea Griffiths, sports co-ordinator at Doucecroft School, said: “It’s amazing to come
back to Panathlon and actually win a competition, it’s been a long time since this happened
last!”

East London winners

The East London Xtend final at Harrow Lodge Sports Centre featured six schools that had won through from earlier qualifying rounds and were vying for the overall East London title. After a close competition, Chadwell Heath Academy (pictured above) picked up gold medals.

The Young Leaders, who guided pupils through the activities and officiated the competition, were from our 2023 ‘School of the Year’ West Hatch High. (pictued below)

Panathlon aim to benefit nearly 10,000 competitors and young leaders this academic year in London and Essex, supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation.