September 30th, 2019
The Panathlon Foundation is delighted to have the long term support from the St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation.
They have supported Panathlon since 2008 and has invested over £1.5m in that time to provide sporting opportunities to tens of thousands of young people with disabilities and special educational needs.
St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation is the grant-making charitable arm of the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group. The Foundation has raised and distributed in excess of £90 million to good causes since its establishment in 1992.
One of the main themes for the SJP Charitable Foundation, are Supporting Children and Young People (aged up to 25 years) and
– Young people with physical or mental health difficulties or life threatening or degenerative conditions and
– Young people who are socially or economically disadvantaged’,
Panathlon have received core funding from the Foundation for many years and has been able through that time to expand right across the country with their support. Panathlon has grown from a few dozen schools involved when we received our first support in 2008 to expand Panathlon in to Kent for the first time, to involving over 1,300 schools in 2018/19.
The huge structural growth of Panathlon, not only geographically across the country, but in the now multitude of programmes it offers such as Primary Panathlon, X-tend, Secondary Panathlon and the stand alone competitions such as swimming, ten pin bowling, football, boccia etc has all been down to the long term core support from SJP Charitable Foundation.
Catherine Ind, Head of the SJP Charitable Foundation visited the London Final at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park in the summer of 2019 and said, “That our own SJP community can take part and get involved in these events is superb,” she said. “It then becomes very real and is a huge motivating factor for our own community to raise more money and continue to help them.
“There is that engagement in a wider sense so it’s not just about handing over a grant. That’s why we like Panathlon because it’s a multi-level partnership.”
Panathlon have been able to involve many SJP staff around the country including –
Catherine went on to say, “Historically the Foundation has wanted to help smaller charities make a transformational difference. Over the years we’ve seen Panathlon go from strength to strength and make precisely that difference.”
“The many personal stories we’ve heard during that time from Panathlon competitors about the impact it’s made on their lives are fantastic,” said Catherine.
Mark Longbottom, a previous volunteer at an event said, “Panathlon have children that are taking part and achieving in sport for the very first time.” speaking at the South Cotswolds Primary Panathlon, where 94 children with special needs from nine Gloucestershire primary schools competed at Cirencester Kingshill School.
“That’s quite infectious and exciting. They might not get into sports teams or they just get pushed to the back of the line when it comes to taking part in something, but they all got a chance today to achieve something within the activity and that was brilliant.”
Liz Johnson, Panathlon’s Paralympic Ambassador said: “It’s fantastic that the St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation has continued to invest in Panathlon, which will create many thousands more sporting opportunities in the years ahead for young people with disabilities and special educational needs. Thank you for supporting Panathlon”
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