Academy Comes Third In Hugely Beneficial Panathlon

The Cleethorpes Academy team who came third in the Panathlon Challenge. They are: (l-r) Daniel Wilkinson, Libby Turner, Shannon Tombs, Lexus Nicholson and Georgina Cross.

Six local schools took part in The North East Lincolnshire Panathlon Challenge for students with special educational needs and the disabled, with Cleethorpes Academy students finishing in third place overall.

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 Cleethorpes Academy, Tollbar Academy and Somercotes Academy. The event was held at Havelock Academy and was eventually won by Tollbar Academy.

Simon Blewitt, Cleethorpes Academy Curriculum Leader 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."

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.

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Cleethorpes Academy Principal

Janice Hornby

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson