Piloted in the London area, the sports charity has now rolled out the programme to deaf children in the Midlands, the North West, the North East and East England. Tennis, football and ten-pin bowling are now also offered. In 2016/17, Panathlon are hoping to see 1,250 children participate.
During summer 2016, we supported The Ear Foundation’s activities holiday for deaf young people, funding ten places for those who would otherwise have struggled to attend. The break in the Derbyshire countryside brought 39 young people together for five days of stream scrambling, canoeing, caving, and on the last night, a talent show. Many of the participants have limited contact with their deaf peers so the holiday provided a much-needed opportunity to mix and make friends. ‘The best holiday ever!’ said one young person. We will now be contributing toward The Ear Foundation’s activities holiday during summer 2017.