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Tollbar Victorious In Hugely Beneficial Panathlon

The Panathlon Challenge held at Havelock Academy. Six local schools took part including Tollbar, Cleethorpes and Somercotes Academies. Pictured are the three teams from Tollbar Multi Academy Trust.

Six local schools took part in The North East Lincolnshire Panathlon Challenge for students with special educational needs and the disabled, with Tollbar Academy students emerging triumphant.

The Panathlon Challenge is a national charity which provides sporting opportunities for over 17,500 disabled young people each year. Panathlon has been benefiting young disadvantaged people since 1995 – with a focus on disabled young people since 1999 – and has invested over £8 million in opportunities for young people to compete in sport during this time.

Sport England reports that 43% of people with a disability are inactive (increasing to 51% with three or more impairments), and Activity Alliance says that disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive as non-disabled people.

Independent research proves that Panathlon is fulfilling the need for intervention in this area highly effectively, by boosting the self-esteem, confidence, expectations, ambition and social and physical skills of competitors. It also shows that Panathlon has a hugely positive knock-on effect on inclusive P.E. and sport in schools, and empowers Young Leaders with skills, perspective and unforgettable life experience.

Three of the six local teams who took part in the Panathlon were from Tollbar Multi Academy Trust. These were Tollbar Academy, Cleethorpes Academy and Somercotes Academy. The event was held at Havelock Academy.

Amy Gowshall, Curriculum Leader for P.E. at Tollbar Academy, said: "The students have relished the opportunity to represent the Academy and they enjoyed the challenges that they faced during the competition. The sportsmanship and support demonstrated between schools was incredible. The Physical Education faculty are extremely proud of the students for competing with such enthusiasm, and winning the North East Lincolnshire Panathlon was the icing on the cake."

Simon Blewitt, Cleethorpes Academy CL for P.E., said: "Cleethorpes students performed very well and finished in third place. All students enjoyed the event and the opportunity to represent Cleethorpes Academy in a new enrichment activity."

Chris Prendergast, CL For P.E. at Somercotes Academy, said: "The pupils really enjoyed the Panathlon competition. It's been fantastic to experience different SEND competitions, it's been something that we have tried to encourage more of this year. I feel that all of our pupils within the Academy should have the opportunity to experience the positive impact that competitive sport can have for a child's development, and we will certainly be entering more competitions like this in future to ensure that sport is available for everyone within our Academy."

The Tollbar Academy team who won the Panathlon Event. They are: Ehren Caldwell, Oscar Mayne, Sam Pettigrew, Levi Fletcher, Leo Green, Liam Barwood, John-Patrick Jones, Jayden Clayton.