Students lead Panathlon event for local primary schools

Sports Diploma students recently organised a sports day for eleven Gloucestershire primary schools as part of Panathlon – an event to support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Panathlon is also a national charity that helps children access sport, with over 17,500 young people with disabilities taking part each year. Of these, over one-hundred took part in the event hosted by the College.

Last Friday’s Panathlon was led by Level 2 Sport Diploma students and included activities such as curling, basketball, table cricket and parachute popcorn. Students were assisted by volunteers from the St James’s Place Foundation and Sport England.

Congratulations to Stratton School who were victorious coming 1st in the competition, closely followed by St. Lawrence School in second, and Chesterton School in third place. Other participating schools were highly commended:

  • St Marys School Tetbury
  • Fairford Primary School
  • Powells School
  • Ann Edwards School, South Carney
  • Ashton Keynes School
  • Paternoster School
  • Bibury School
  • North Carney School

For College sports students, Panathlon has additional significance, with some having personal connections to people with disabilities: “It means a lot to help people overcome their differences. I think it helps when you share what you’re good at, whether it’s at home or at college,” said one Team Leader.

Student and sports leader Connie Hartshorn was excited to see her former school at Panathlon: “It felt really good knowing that I was helping future students and teaching them if they couldn’t do an activity first time then try again.”

Helen Pauling, School Games Organiser, Kingshill, Sport England:

“All the children go away having had a great experience. Today is about inclusion, working as a team, and looking at the value you can get through sport.”

Sports teacher Zoe Mayo:

“It’s giving back to the children who might struggle in a sports day environment and this is something that’s more inclusive to them so they can just have fun.”


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