• There was nothing like this available to me when I was a kid. I wish I’d had the opportunity that these children have got. What Panathlon are doing is brilliant and I’m really happy to be here and try to inspire these kids to keep doing it.

    Richard Chiassaro, Team GB wheelchair racer and Panathlon patron
  • “I’d never come across another deaf person in school and I was a bit isolated. I think it’s so great now that kids have these opportunities. Panathlon allows kids to learn teamwork, grow their confidence and mix with people who are like them. Before you know it, you’re having a good time!”

    Jodie Ounsley, deaf rugby player for Sale Sharks and England
  • Panathlon provides an opportunity for disabled children to mix with others and experience competition; which is so important. Every person in the team matters and has a contribution to make to the final points score. Participation in sport sets you up for life, and every child should be encouraged to get involved.

    Liz Johnson, Paralympic swimming champion and Panathlon ambassador
  • “I am inspired by the work of Panathlon and it gives me great joy to see the happiness on the young people’s faces.”

    Sir Jack Petchey CBE
  • I think it is a fantastic charity. The more people, of all abilities, that you can get involved in sport and health and fitness in a fun and engaging way can only be a good thing. And to have this event at the London Aquatics Centre is just another example of the legacy of London 2012

    Tom Daley

“For some pupils it is the first time they have taken part in a competition, and they feel very proud to represent the school. To take home a trophy or medal gives them a massive confidence boost and I find they are now much more motivated to improve in sporting aspects.”

Deio Brunelli, Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Ysgol Hafod Lon in Penrhyndeudraeth

“Some of our children struggle at school, but Panathlon is where they can excel. It’s very important to have this level playing field because they can’t always access everything we provide at school. For them to feel included and represent our school – which they don’t often get to do – is superb. We’ll be at the next Panathlon event. We’re hooked!”

Sue Basquil, Special Needs Coordinator, Holy Family Primary School, Slough

“I’ve enjoyed every single experience I’ve had with Panathlon. They’re just incredible. I keep all my medals in a drawer but I have to be careful because my sister likes to steal them – she’s like a magpie!”

Douglas Hook, 10, Hempsted Primary School, Gloucester

“Sport has been the making of my son in terms of personal confidence and attitude towards school – and Panathlon has been a massive part of that. It has been a gateway for him. It has encouraged him to try out lots of other things which he might not have wanted to before. In fact, it has inspired us all as a family.”

Parent of Panathlete, Buttsbury Primary School, Essex

“Regardless of what medal they get, the pupils are beaming when they go back into school and all their class mates are proud of them. That’s not just for one day – they talk about it all year. It has a massive, massive ripple effect across the whole school.”

Mitchell Browning, Head of PE, Coldfall Primary School, Muswell Hill, North London

“At our Year 6 leavers’ event last year, some pupils made speeches and all they could talk about was how proud they were to represent the school in the Olympic pool at Panathlon.”

Mitchell Browning, Head of PE, Coldfall Primary, Muswell Hill, North London

“I’ve been to events for eight years now as a PE teacher, including SEND competitions, and that competition was the most relaxed competition I’ve been to in terms of making everybody feel worthy. The positivity was incredible.”

Ben Clark, PE Lead, Mountwood Academy in Essex

“Panathlon events are the highlight of our School Games calendar… It’s one of those moments in life where you focus on the positives and believe the world can be a better place!”

Teresa Scully, Redbridge School Games Organiser

“I’ve been at this school a long time and it was so frustrating when there was nothing tailored for our pupils with autism… So when we went to the first Panathlon, we were blown away!”

Katie Jones, teacher at Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn in North Wales

“It’s had a massive impact on the kids. It’s accessible and there’s no fear of failure in it, which is so important for our pupils.”

Leah Samain, PE Instructor and Learning Support Assistant at New Barn School, Sussex

“Seeing the children so happy and appreciative of the supporting role we play for them and seeing their smiles is what really make it a special experience.”

Jack Sims, Panathlon Young Leader, Great Baddow High School, Chelmsford

“My first impressions of Panathlon? I absolutely love it! I can already see the potential and it’s huge. This will give us that element of progression we’ve been missing.”

Nathan Bibby, Manager of Rossendale School Sports Partnership

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“The kudos those children had among the whole school community for going away and winning a tournament was incredible. It sent a really positive message to everyone else.”

Richard Moore, Deputy Head and Inclusion Lead at Cottenham Primary, Cambridge

“Panathlon has really developed the children’s teamwork and their confidence and self-esteem has rocketed. They’ve been so proud sharing their amazing achievements in assembly with the rest of the school.”

Steve Hill, Deputy Head at St. Joseph’s RC Primary School, Oldham

“It was very proud to go up on stage in assembly and show my achievements to the rest of the school. I was very excited, overjoyed and a bit overwhelmed! My medal is in my mum’s cabinet which shows off me and my sister’s achievements.”

Yar Mohammad, 10, Barr View Primary, Birmingham

“Winning the qualifying event has driven our children on to want to achieve more. Beforehand they were sometimes a bit reluctant, but now they think, ‘I’ll have a go.’”

Gian Ram, Teaching Assistant at Harborne Primary, Birmingham

“Coming to Panathlons gives us ideas for differentiation in PE. We use the ideas to adapt PE lessons and make them more inclusive.

Luke Stephens, sports mentor at Barr View Primary, Birmingham

“Getting to the final really changed their confidence levels and the way the rest of the school perceives them. When they got back to school, they got a standing ovation in assembly and it made half the teachers cry.”

Emily Willamson, mum of eight-year-old Finlay, Fair Oaks Primary in Birmingham

“Panathlon is about celebrating the individual progress, effort and achievement of all those involved. It’s a perfect mix of ability and inclusion.”

Jade Philip, PE Coordinator at Elmfield School for Deaf Children in Bristol
“Our children get to compete with other deaf children just like them. It is so important for them to feel valued and connected to the wider deaf community.”
Jade Philip, PE Coordinator at Elmfield School for Deaf Children in Bristol

What a fantastic, well organised event. The staff were welcoming, warm and enthusiastic and had planned a huge number of activities for the children. The games were varied and accessed different skill sets so that each child could feel a real sense of achievement. It was an absolute pleasure to participate in such an inclusive sports day with so much heart!”

Teacher, All Saints CofE Primary School, Halifax

“The reward the children get from medals and trophies at Panathlons blow every other competition away. They are phenomenal. It is so important to kids to have that visual recognition of their effort and success. These are special memories they will look back and remember for years.”

Gemma Spiers, Pastoral Lead, Paget Primary School, Birmingham

“This is an unbelievable opportunity to compete at what is quite a high level for them. It gives them a place where they can use their abilities. They get so much out of it and it will stand them in good stead for other areas of life.”

Robin Elliott, Riverside School, Haringey, North London

“Panathlon’s impact really became clear to me during lockdown. The impact of it not being there was huge. We really felt the absence… The progression through the qualifying rounds is a really rewarding system for them. I don’t think you can put a price on that.”

Darrell King, PE teacher, Langdon School, Newham, East London