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Inclusive Panathlon

Intent – why

·        To develop character and life skills

·        To engage new audiences

·        To foster social connections   

·        To develop physical skills

Tuesday 12th December 2023 – This morning, the PSSP once again teamed up with the Panathlon Foundation charity to host another fantastic Primary Inclusion Panathlon event. This multi-activity festival is focused on encouraging children with special needs and disabilities to try new sports and develop a passion for participation. Teams from Cann Bridge, Widewell, St. Matthew’s, Austin Farm and Prince Rock all came along to have some fun and develop some new skills at the same time. Chris Sugden (Panathlon Foundation) arrived early in the morning to get everything in place for when children arrived a little later and then took our brilliant Tor Bridge High Sports Leaders how to score each activity. As the teams arrived, they were greeted by the leaders and shown around the hall. Then, after a few team photos and we were underway. There were lots of different skill based activities for the children to have a go at: ‘Table Cricket/ ‘Boccia Blast’/ ‘New Age Kurling’/ ‘Precision Beanbag’/‘Skittles’/ ‘Parachute Popcorn’ and a ‘Basketball Target Challenge – all designed to develop gross motor skills, accuracy and team work. I think I can safely say that all the events were very much enjoyed as there were smiles all around and lots of excited noise. At the end of the morning, all of the scores were collated and the results announced. Every child that took part today received a certificate and medal and the smiles just kept getting bigger and bigger. Well done to everyone who took part, I hope you all enjoyed the event. I would like to thank our Tor Bridge High leaders for all their hard work and for being so brilliant with the children – you are amazing!

Claire Cormack

Plymouth School Sports Partnership