Welcome to the latest in our series of articles looking at how Panathlon and the Sainsbury’s School Games are working together to engage more disabled young children in competitive sport.
With the end of the school year approaching it has been finals season across the country in both the Panathlon Challenge and the Sainsbury’s School Games.
Over the past month, various counties have been hosting their Level 3 School Games finals, with sporting festivals taking place across the country.
Amongst the wide range of activities that form part of the School Games, Panathlon is proud to be a partner for the provision of disability sport in a number of counties, helping the School Games to provide competition and a pathway structure to disabled students.
Panathlon competitions form part of the School Games structure at Level 2 (inter-school) competitions throughout the season and then at the Level 3 end-of-season finals.
More than 650 severely disabled young people have been involved in Panathlon finals over recent weeks as part of the School Games programme, including Level 3 finals in the following counties (in chronological order):
Tyne & Wear, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Lancashire, Wiltshire, Kent, Tees Valley, Suffolk, Essex (pictured), North Yorkshire (our first Sunday event), Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Thanks to all competitors and leaders for helping to make a fantastic series of events and a thrilling climax to the Panathlon and the School Games season.
We look forward to extending the relationship with the School Games programme in 2015/16, working on more competitions in more counties and thereby offering even more opportunities for disabled young people to take part in competitive sport in the year ahead.
Read more in our series on Panathlon and the Sainsbury’s School Games.