Panathlon’s recent Redbridge Xtend competition at Chadwell Heath Academy in East London was described as the “highlight of the School Games calendar.”

Fifty-nine children from six schools took part in the event and there was a special guest too – Gabriel May, Events and Communications Assistant from our long-term sponsors Jack Petchey Foundation, who presented the medals, certificates and trophies to the competitors.

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(All photos courtesy of Chadwell Heath Academy media students)

One of the two teams from Chadwell Heath Academy – capitalising on home advantage – were crowned winners on the day, with Woodbridge in second and Caterham earning bronze medals.

“We always look forward to hosting the Secondary Xtend Panathlon event each year,” said Mrs Garratt, Head of Physical Education at Chadwell Heath Academy. “It’s a great day that provides sporting opportunities for our students with disabilities and special educational needs in a variety of sports and activities, bringing students together from different age ranges across the school and in the borough to celebrate their success.

“We are very proud of our winning team and look forward to once again representing East London in the next stage of the competition.”

Chadwell Heath kindly provided 14 Young Leaders to officiate the competition and guide the competitors through each of the activities. Mrs Garratt added: “Our sports leaders always do a fantastic job supporting the students and ensuring every student and supporting staff has a positive experience.”

One of the Young Leaders was Payal Patel, who said: “Today was a truly wonderful experience. I got to work with many people who are different in each way and got to learn new skills.”

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!”

Gabriel, our guest from the Jack Petchey Foundation, was visiting his first ever Panathlon event. He therefore offered a fresh perspective on seeing the impact that is made possible by our longest-serving supporter.

He said: “It is great to see the enthusiastic competitors taking part and enjoying their sporting experience. We are proud to support Panathlon across London and Essex and involve so many young people, both competing and as Young Leaders.”