April 2014 marks the ten year anniversary of the Jack Petchey Foundation’s support for Panathlon, which delivers competitive sporting opportunities for young disabled people across the UK. A cheque for £84,565 was handed over to the challenge last week, during the East London Final at UEL SportsDock.
Since 2004 the Jack Petchey Foundation has invested £422,486 in the Panathlon cause and has supported the charity’s mission to help young disabled people use sport and fair play for both personal and social development. The Foundation’s emphasis on “positive affirmation, self-belief, the willingness to make an effort and to give to others” is mirrored in the aims of Panathlon.
More than 1,500 disabled young people will get the chance to be involved in Panathlon competitions in London & Essex this year, which will culminate in the London Final in the prestigious Copper Box Arena at the Olympic Park on June 18. Over the course of 2014 Panathlon will also train over 300 Young Leaders, enabling them to become qualified Panathlon officials.
Panathlon Ambassador Liz Johnson said “The Jack Petchey Foundation’s support has been crucial to thousands of disabled children benefiting from sporting opportunities through this time. They are helping the next generation of Paralympians come through, and it’s tremendous to see."
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