Sandro attended The Vale School in Tottenham this week as special reward for the successful Haringey Panathlon team.
A group of students from the Vale, as well as Moselle and William C Harvey, recently represented the borough and won the North London section of this year’s event and will go into the All-London Finals on June 16.
The annual Panathlon Challenge sees around 3,000 young disabled people in different sports with a range of abilities compete in various locations around the country.
The challenge involves competitors taking part in the following events:
- Table cricket
- Football (Ambulent and Powerchair)
- New Age Kurling
- Athletics track and field events
Sandro tried his hand at a number of these sports during his visit to the Vale, showing bags of enthusiasm and a competitive edge!
The Brazil international said: “It is great that these young people are given the opportunity to play competitive sport no matter what disability they have. I enjoyed playing Boccia because my team won! I also thought I was good at Polybat and Table Cricket. It was great to meet the guys and present them their trophy and I wish them luck in the finals.”
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Panathlon developed a partnership in 2010 across Pro Active North’s key communities in delivering football for young disabled people.
Foundation coaches work in four Boroughs and deliver 80 sessions in preparations for the Panathlon Challenge competitions.
Additionally, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation helped to co-ordinate the new Powerchair Football element of Panathlon and a new Powerchair Club is based at the Vale.
Panathlon has provided wheelchair attachments and the Foundation has delivered coaching funds to kick start some activity.
For more information on the Panathlon Challenge, visit www.panathlon.com