On Tuesday 8th November the Hunts School Sports Partnership hosted the first of three Panathlon Challenge festivals for 2022-23. Panathlon is a national charity which gives young people with disabilities and special educational needs every year the opportunity to take part in competitive sport.
The first Huntingdonshire Panathlon event was open to children from KS1 and KS2 and provided an introduction to Panathlon for 5-11-year olds, through a team competition that builds foundation skills in a range of Panathlon sports.
The programme, which develops skills in line with the national curriculum (Key Stage 1 & 2), was developed to help address basic physical literacy needs for primary-aged children along with training needs for primary school teachers.
Primary Panathlon sports include parachute popcorn, polybat, precision bean bag, new age kurling, boccia blast, flight path, skittles, slam dunk, Messi football skills and table cricket.
The event was hosted at One Leisure St Ives Indoor Centre and was the busiest ever Primary Panathlon in Huntingdonshire, with two events running simultaneously, catering for the 10 schools and 75+ children in attendance.
1. Thongsley Fields Primary School
2. Priory Junior School
3. Offord Primary School
4. Sawtry Infant School – Team 2
5. Godmanchester Community Academy
6. Somersham Primary School
1. Brampton Village Primary School
2. Buckden CE Primary Academy
3. The Round House Primary Academy
4. Bushmead Primary School
5. Sawtry Infant School – Team 1
Overall Winner – Thongsley Fields Primary School
Doug Finlayson, HSSP Partnership Manager said, “It was amazing to see so many children attend our first Primary Panathlon festival for this year. They really are fantastic events which promote inclusive sports, positivity and healthy competition!
Finally, a huge thank you to our amazing Sports Leaders from St Ivo Academy who supported both events.”