Panathlon Challenge is a disability charity which unlocks sporting opportunities for 17,970 disabled children and young people each year.
They work with over 1,000 schools whose students take part in Panathlon led ‘mini Paralympic’ multi-sport competitions, swimming galas, football, boccia and ten pin bowling competitions. Panathlon events run at local, county, regional and national level and are free of charge to all schools and children.
Last year, Panathlon engaged with over 11,000 disabled children in multi-sport Panathlons (mini-parasport games), 2,000 in swimming galas, 1600 in Boccia, 1200 in football competitions, 700 in tenpin bowling events and 1400 in other sports for various impairment groups. Additionally, 1,000 schools have taken part in nearly 400 of these events during the last year, playing sport in prestigious venues such as the London 2012 Olympic Park and the Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
Each year we continue to experience exponential growth across all our programmes with competitor numbers increasing by 35% year on year. We currently reach all 32 London boroughs and 37 English counties. Their aim is to reach 20,000 disabled children and to be nationwide by 2020.
Ashley Iceton, Panathlon’s Chief Executive Officer said: “We would like thank the Sport and Recreation Alliance for this honour.
“The recognition is for every competitor, parent, teacher, young leader and school involved in our charity over the last 20 years. We thank everyone for their hugely valued contribution.
“Without their passion, determination and enthusiasm, we would not have been able to make the impact we have. We also thank all of our funders and sponsors who enable us to provide these opportunities for young people with disabilities and special needs."
David Walker, PE teacher at Egerton Rothesay School in Berkhamsted, whose pupils have competed in multiple Panathlon competitions is a keen supporter of the charity.
He added: "All of the pupils massively look forward to trips to Panathlon competitions, it’s a huge highlight for them. Our trophy cabinet at school is full of Panathlon trophies and medals, we celebrate their success in assemblies and it’s really helped to boost their self-esteem."
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