St Helen’s Secondary Team make it a Double for the Borough at Merseyside Panathlon Challenge 2016


Following on from the success of their Primary Team a week earlier, St Helen’s Secondary Team celebrated victory at the Merseyside Schools Panathlon challenge held at Greenbank Sports Academy on 17th March.

Manager of both teams, John Mannion from Lansbury Bridge School said:

“It’s lovely to look after a team which includes children with a range of abilities, who are able to compete at a single event and fantastic that their hard work has paid off.”

Panathlon Challenge is a day-long event, in which team members compete is a range of sports activities including Boccia, table tennis, table cricket, football and sports hall athletics.

70 secondary school aged children – 50 boys and 20 girls took part from 7 schools representing Liverpool, Knowsley, Halton, Wirral, Sefton and St Helens and supported by volunteers from Greenbank College / Liverpool John Moores University.

Comments from the children, about the event included:

Jessica:“I’ve had a really, really good day – I enjoyed everything but ping pong was my favourite.”

Jack: “I’ve played table tennis, had a go at running but football was the best – I scored a goal!!”

Harry: “I’ve had really good fun especially the table tennis – I used to be bad but now I’m good!!

Jenson:  “It’s been fun – I liked javelin because I’ve got much better.”

Ian Magill from Woodchurch High School added:

“Another great day of inclusive sport – everyone in the team had the opportunity to participate and sample real competition.”


1st – St Helens – 62 points

2nd – Liverpool – 56 points

3rd – Sefton – 46 points

4th – Wirral – 38 points

5th – Knowsley – 32 points

6th – Halton – 12 points