This week Panathlon has delivered primary coaching in Hillingdon and Enfield. Thanks to funding from Wembley National Stadium Trust, a total of 109 students had the chance to take part in Boccia Blast, New Age Kurling, Messi Football, Parachute Popcorn, Table Cricket, Volleybat, Flight Path and Precision Beanbag.
The first coaching day which was held at Coteford Junior School involved a morning session, whereby mainstream, year 5 students learnt how to officiate across each of the sports before 27 disabled students from the infants came in during the afternoon to compete. A total of 19 young leaders were present and did a fantastic job. They were full of energy and enthusiasm throughout the day and explained the rules to the younger members of their school exceptionally well.
“Thank you so much to Panathlon for coming in today. The children had a really great time and were very proud of themselves. We have also had lots of complimentary feedback from the infants, who thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It’s a fantastic opportunity to have this session because it brings the whole school together and it’s amazing to see our older students naturally adapt games and ensure everyone is involved and participating in these great activities. We’re looking forward to the next one!” Kate Pendred, PE Teacher at Coteford Juniors.
The second primary event was held at Lee Valley Athletics stadium in Enfield. This session was designed to introduce schools to the Panathlon sports before they compete across the same sports in April. A total of 11 local schools, comprising 82 students took part, with all of them completely new to Panathlon!
“I am so glad I came today and I have had so much fun and can’t wait until the next one! I loved the Table Cricket game the best.” said Nathan from Chesterfield School.