Archive for July 2014

Join in with disability sports in your local community

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Thanks to funding from Sport England we are able to offer sporting opportunities for disabled people within local communities, as well as from Greenbank Sports Academy.

Sports on offer at all hub centres include Table Tennis, Football, Hockey, Basketball, Boccia, Rugby League and Handball.

Disabled people aged 14 and over are invited to attend sessions for just a £1.

Sessions take place as follows:

Cronton Sixth Form College, Cronton Lane, Widnes WA8 5WA

5pm to 6pm – Wheelchair Sports (Basketball, Handball & Rugby)
6pm to 7pm – Power Wheelchair Sports (Football, Hockey & Boccia)
7pm to 8pm – Run about sports (Basketball, Football & Racquet)


Lansbury Bridge School Lansbury Avenue, St Helens WA9 1TB

5pm to 6pm – Wheelchair Sports (Basketball, Handball & Rugby)
6pm to 7pm – Power Wheelchair Sports (Football, Hockey & Boccia)
7pm to 8pm – Run about sports (Basketball, Football & Racquet)


Woodchurch High School Sports Centre , Carr Bridge Road, Woodchurch CH49 7NG

9am to 10am – Wheelchair Sports (Basketball, Handball & Rugby)
10am to 11am – Power Wheelchair Sports (Football, Hockey & Boccia)
11am to 12 noon – Run about sports (Basketball, Football & Racquet)


North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, Southport & Ormskirk General Hospital, Town Lane, Kew, Southport PR8 6PN

10am to 11.30am – Wheelchair Sports (Basketball, Handball & Rugby)
11.30am to 12.30pm – Run about sports (Basketball, Football & Racquet)


Sport Development Officer Pete Wyman said “At Greenbank Sports Academy we understand the issues that prevent disabled people from taking part in sport. Where possible we use disabled staff as coaches and have the appropriate equipment and knowledge to enable disabled people to reach their sporting potential. Choices for Disability Sport Merseyside will allow us to offer our specialist service, not just within our own Sports Academy but within other local communities. This will give more disabled people an opportunity to get involved in sport”.

2 more Disability Sports Hubs will be set up at Kirby High School and Croxteth Sports and Wellbeing Centre in September.

Contact Pete on 07733930221

Congratulations to all our Choices Award Winners

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

choices award winner lifetime achiever tony edge

The Choices for Disability Sport Awards 2014 were held recently to celebrate the achievements of the people and organisations that make the Choices programme possible.

The Choices Programme, funded by St James’s Place Foundation since 2012, is offered by Greenbank Sports Academy (GSA) to increase the sporting opportunities available to disabled people at GSA and in the Merseyside area.

Choices Awards Co-ordinator Mark Palmer said “It is so nice to be able to give recognition to all of those people who work so hard to make the Choices programme happen either as part of a club or as an individual. Thanks to our award sponsors for making this possible and to St James’s Place Foundation for their continued support of the programme”.

2014 Awards

Club of the Year sponsored by Marshall Property


Merseyside Blind Football Club

Liverpool Lions Wheelchair Rugby Club

Liverpool Wheelchair Handball Club

Down Syndrome Liverpool Football Club

SAVI North West

Greenbank Boccia Club

Winner:  Liverpool Lions Wheelchair Rugby Club


Senior of the Year sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University


Roy Turnham – Merseyside Blind Football Club & SAVI North West

Martin Beddis – Wheelchair Rugby

Mark Swift – Table Tennis/Wheelchair Handball

Callum Farrelly – Wheelchair Handball

Steve Cooley – Wheelchair Basketball/Wheelchair Rugby

Winner: Roy Turnham


Choices Junior of the Year sponsored by Typhoo


Liam Triggs – Power Hockey and Choices Camps

Marcus Harrison – Electric Power Hockey

Alex Warine – Electric Power Hockey

Ellie Curran – Electric Power Hockey / Choices Camps

Winner: Marcus Harrison


Choices Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover


Timmy Tonner – Greenbank Powerlifting Club/Greenbank Cycling Club

Malcolm Forster – Liverpool Wheelchair Handball Club

George Jolley – Liverpool Wheelchair Handball Club

Sam Williams – MSP/Mini Leagues/Disability Events

Winner: Timmy Tonner


Choices Coach of the Year sponsored by Carlsberg UK


Alan Atkinson – Down Syndrome Liverpool Football Club

Martin Beddis – Liverpool Lions Wheelchair Rugby Club

Pete Wyman – Greenbank Boccia Club

Winner: Alan Atkinson


Choices Lifetime Achiever Award sponsored by Cyclone Mobility


Gerry Kinsella MBE– Wheelchair Basketball

Alan Atkinson – Down Syndrome Football

Joan Bateman – MSP Boccia Mini Leagues

Tony Edge – Greenbank Table Tennis Club

Winner: Tony Edge

North West Disability Sport Regional Games Success

Monday, July 21st, 2014

People taking part in the North West Disability Sport Games

The NW Disability Sport Regional Games (NWDSRG) took place at Greenbank Sports Academy this weekend, attracting participants from across the region and beyond (including Derby, Leicester Conway and Swansea).

Events at the NWDSRG, funded by St James’s Place Foundation and part of the wider Choices for Disability Sports Programme included Wheelchair and Standing Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Handball and Boccia.

Organiser Steve Hoskins said “The Games achieved their aim of bringing together disabled people from across the region to play competitively and have fun. Access to this sort of event is vital to raise standards in disability sport. Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to all those involved in making the event a success”.

Table Tennis (26 players participated)

Wheelchair Singles
1st – Mark Palmer (Greenbank TT Club)
2nd – Tony Edge (Greenbank TT Club)
3rd – Steve Perry (Hyndburn TT Club)

Standing Singles
1st Timothy Fields (Hyndburn TT Club)
2nd Thomas Spice (Derby)
3rd Nazam Dar (Abraham Moss School)
Team Award : Abraham Moss School

Wheelchair Basketball (3 teams participated)
1st – Manchester Mavericks
2nd – Liverpool Greenbank
3rd – The Fancy Flamingo’s
Most Valuable Player (MVP) – Keith Matthews (Manchester Mavericks)

Boccia (16 teams participated)
1st Greenbank Boccia Club
2nd Conway Boccia Club

First ever Merseyside Para Badminton Championship 12th July 2014

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Merseyside Para Badminton Championship

The inaugural Merseyside Annual Para Badminton Championship, an accredited tournament in the Badminton England Para-Circuit (The Badminton England Para-Badminton circuit consists of tournaments for physically disabled players, categorised according to the nature of their impairment, and learning disabled players), was held at Greenbank Sports Academy, Liverpool on Saturday 12th July.

The Merseyside Championship attracted 16 players from throughout Britain covering wheelchair, standing and dwarf participation categories.

A total prize fund of £700 was on offer thanks to sponsorship provided by South Sefton Rotary Club and Mersey Building Supplies.

Liverpool participant Rachel Chong saidThis was the first ever para badminton tournament held in Merseyside and we will be looking to continue this on an annual basis. Participants came from all over Britain and we had one participant all the way from Denmark. Disability Badminton is on the increase and its great to have an event in Liverpool.”