Panathlon Challenge returns to Stoke Mandeville

On Friday 10 May, the Panathlon Challenge returns to Stoke Mandeville for the second year. Seven counties will take part in the event, which is in its second year. The event is run in partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport and supported by Everyone Active.

Schools from Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and  Wiltshire will be competing in the multi-sport Panathlon Challenge. It aims to provide more opportunities for disabled children so they can represent their school in a fun but competitive environment.

The event features boccia, polybat, table cricket as well as track and field athletics events. Children with a range of impairments will take part with support from Panathlon young leaders, who have been especially trained to support of the activities. Leaders for this event are coming from the local Beaconfield and Alfriston School in Buckinghamshire.

Chris Ratcliffe, Director of Development at the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) commented:

“We are delighted to support the Panathlon Challenge event at Stoke Mandeville. Working together, EFDS and Panathlon engage young disabled people in sport at a grass roots level. We are excited to be discussing exciting plans to expand the delivery of these events across the country. Our work with our own programme- Disability Sport Events means we value volunteers incredibly and seeing young leaders at the heart of this event is excellent.”

This year’s event is supported by Everyone Active, one of the UK’s leading providers of health and fitness advice and local authority sports facilities. EFDS was selected as their charity for 2012-2014.

Rachel Shelton, Group Marketing Manager for Everyone Active commented:

"We are delighted to have been supporting the English Federation of Disability Sport for the past year.  The fundraising events that we have hosted both nationally and in each or 80 leisure centres will go some way to helping more people to enjoy the benefits of being active. I want to wish all the schools competing well and that they enjoy their experience of sport here at the home of Paralympic sport.”

For more information on EFDS and the DSE participation opportunities click here.

For more information on Panathlon Challenge visit www.panathlon.com