The 2015/16 academic year saw record participation in Primary Panathlon events – and 2016/17 promises further growth.

With the number of competing schools soaring to around 400, 4,659 children aged five to 11 took part in Primary Panathlon events, up from 2,445 in 2014/15.

Altogether, 21 counties competed in 2015/16, of which seven made their debuts, and the number of days expanded hugely in Birmingham, Gloucestershire, London and North Yorkshire, while five new Regional Primary Panathlons were staged.

Due to the success of the Primary Panathlon, there were also requests for specific Primary Swimming Panathlons in Tyne and Wear, North Yorkshire, London and Lancashire.

Next year there are already Primary Panathlons planned for six new counties and increased days scheduled in Tees Valley, Suffolk and Birmingham.

Furthermore, as part of the 2015/16 programme, nearly 100 leaders of primary-school age became involved for the first time with their sporting contemporaries.