Another year, a record-breaking impact
Last week saw Panathlon, proudly supported by Woodland Group, celebrate a successful 2018/19 academic year at Panathlon’s Essex Primary Outstanding Achievement awards.
Awards were presented to four pupils in recognition of their recent sporting achievements and special recognition given to Doucecroft Primary’s sports coach, Andrea Griffiths, for her dedication and support.
The Panathlon Foundation, a charity hosting sporting events to provide disabled young people across the country opportunities to connect and compete, has been able to invest over £8 million in opportunities for young people to compete in sport since its inception in 1995.
This past year, the Panathlon Foundation expanded into new areas of the country and even held its first ever competitions outside of England with three events delivered in North Wales, helping to re-establish a Special Schools Sport Calendar in the area.
In fact, Panathlon has achieved unprecedented growth over the last academic year, delivering 460 events (up 63 from 2017/18) with 315 new schools joining the ‘Panathlon family’, increasing the number of schools engaged in Panathlon programmes to a total of 1,335 and the number of competitors taking part in events across England and Wales to 21,906 - a growth of 22%, far exceeding Panathlon’s impact goals set in early 2018.
The number of trained young leaders – who officiate, guide and help deliver Panathlon’s competitions – rose by 680 to a total of 4,611. That means, a grand total of 26,517 young people participated in competitive and leadership roles in events, training courses, coaching days and awards ceremonies.
Meanwhile, new independent research delivered by Bean Research (supported by the University of East London) has revealed the full extent of Panathlon’s transformational impact on schools, competitors and Young Leaders: Have a look here!
We’re very proud to support Panathlon in its hugely important work and would like to congratulate the Panathlon team, all competing pupils, supporters, teachers and young leaders on their achievements.
A colour run enjoyed by pupils, supporters, teachers and parents brought this year's awards to a close.