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- 24 March 2015 00:00
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Panathlon, the programme that is all about providing sporting opportunities to as many disabled young people as possible, is very pleased to announce a consecutive huge increase in participation. Latest figures show that 4,105 disabled young people have taken part in the sporting programme so far in 2014/15 – a 40% increase on the same period last year.
These positive results for Panathlon come on the back of a sharp annual decline in the number of disabled adults taking part in sport or physical activity for 30 minutes once a week, as part of the latest Active People Survey (APS).
With the aim to deliver sporting opportunities to over 6,000 young people in 2014/2015, a 55 percent increase compared to 2013/14, Panathlon remains very much on target.
The Panathlon programme continues to grow, with new regional multi-sport finals, an expanded swimming programme and a Primary Panathlon programme, all contributing to the participation increase, which also reflects the growing demand for Panathlon around the county. Panathlon currently reaches 25 counties and all 32 London boroughs and continues to grow nationwide, with 30 counties set to be involved by 2017.
Liz Johnson, triple-Paralympic medallist and Panathlon ambassador said:
"Panathlon now creates a pathway for pupils from the very start of the school. Our Primary Panathlon programme provides the opportunity to build foundation skills in a range of sports, which they can then use to compete at multi-sport events and, in many cases, go on to compete at regional level.”
"It’s more important than ever that programmes like Panathlon help to get disabled young people active and to create that sporting habit for life.”