Archive for November 2014

Merseyside Disability Table Tennis Grand Prix

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Megan Shackleton. Photo courtesy of BTTAD

Megan Shackleton. Photo courtesy of BTTAD

The Merseyside Disability Table Tennis Grand Prix will take place on the 6 / 7 December at Greenbank Sport Academy.

The event is a ranking tournament of British Table Tennis Association for People with Disabilities (BTTAD) – players must be a member of BTTAD to gain ranking points but the event is open to all.

Over 50 players have registered, from through Britain, including Cardiff, Newport, London and Southampton, to play in four competitions across the weekend; Doubles, Junior Singles, Open Singles and Class Singles.

These include Megan Shackleton, from Todmorden, who is the youngest member of the GB Performance Squad. Merseyside representatives include former Paralympian Mark Palmer, Tony Edge and Liverpool teenager Jack Hunter-Spivey, a class 5 player. The 19 year old has recently moved from Widnes to Sheffield to train full time with the GB squad and has made great progress this year to improve his world ranking from 17 to nine.

Tournament Organiser Mark Palmer said “It’s great to have a British ranking tournament organised by Greenbank Sports Academy. This is the 10th year we have organised the championships and it allows both elite players and grass roots players to play a range of people from throughout Britain”.

Play takes place each day from 9-5pm. Spectators are welcome. Volunteers are still needed to pick up balls for the wheelchair players.

Contact Mark Palmer on 0151 280 7757 if you can help.

Christmas Card Competition Winners

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Thanks to everyone who entered our Christmas Card Competition – we were delighted with the response. Although not everyone stuck to the theme ‘Liverpool Christmas’ all of the designs were amazing and all entries received were judged.

Choosing the winners was difficult but we are really pleased with the winning designs:

Age 4 – 10 years

Aaron480

Aaron Haigh, aged 7

Age 11 – 18 years

Sam Hands

Sam Hands, aged 13

Adult

michael_daws

Michael Daw

 

Here are all the entries we received:

Videographer Thanks

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Thanks to Liverpool John Moores University student Josh Rigby-Farrell for helping us to produce this fantastic Power Hockey film, using equipment donated by Postcode Culture Trust.

Marketing Manager Elizabeth Brocklehurst said “It’s fantastic to have the help and support of someone with Josh’s expertise to enhance our website with more interesting content. A big thank you to him, for giving his time to produce such good quality video clips”.

 

Merseyside Ability Counts under 16 Girls School League

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Girls Football 17-11-14 web

Greenbank Sports Academy hosted the Merseyside Ability Counts under 16 Girls School League on 17 November.

Teams from schools across Merseyside took part; Altbridge, Bank View, Clare Mount, Redbridge and West Kirby Residential battled it out and Altbridge now tops the league with 22 points from 10 games.

Mark Horlick, LCFA Disability Football Development Officer said “It’s really important that girls aren’t ignored in football and the chance to play competitively is vital to maintain interest and enthusiasm.

A big thank you to all those involved in making this possible”.

Results

Altbridge           3 – 0                 Bank View

Altbridge           2 – 0                 West Kirby Residential

Altbridge           6 – 4                 Clare Mount

Altbridge           0 – 0                 Bank View

Altbridge           2 – 0                 West Kirby Residential

Altbridge           0 – 2                 Clare Mount

Bank View         1 – 6                 Clare Mount

Bank View         2 – 0                 West Kirby Residential

Bank View         1 – 3                 Clare Mount

Bank View         2 – 0                 West Kirby Residential

Clare Mount      2 – 0                 West Kirby Residential

Clare Mount      2 – 0                 West Kirby Residential

 

 

Lord’s Taverners County PD Boccia Tournament 2014

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Chestnut Lodge

Well done to everyone who took part in the Lord’s Taverners’ PD Boccia Tournament 2014 on 10 November at Greenbank Sports Academy.

The main purpose of the event was to select the 8 teams to represent Merseyside, in the Lord’s Taverners’ Regional Tournament, due to take place in February 2015 at the same venue.

The 4 qualifying teams in the PD section are Broadgreen International School A, Broadgreen International School B, Woodchurch High and South Wirral High.

Lansbury Bridge, Mosslands High, Chesnut Lodge B and Bluebell Park C will be representatives in the Pan Disability Section.

Event organiser Steve Sullivan said “A huge thank you to all the volunteers and referees who did an excellent job to help the tournament run as smoothly as possible. Special thanks to Rachel Crack from Boccia England for providing the medals and trophies and Sam Williams who organised the results table so professionally and ensured the tournament finished on time”

Primary Age Group – Lord’s Taverners

Winners:              Bluebell Park A

Runners up:         Chesnut Lodge A

Primary Age Group – Pan Disability

 Winners:              Bluebell Park B

Secondary Age Group – Lord’s Taverners semi finals

Broadgreen IS B             7    v       South Wirral High   1

Broadgreen IS A            4     v       Woodchurch High   1

3rd & 4th Place play off

 South Wirral High       4     v       Woodchurch High   3

Final

Broadgreen IS B              9    v        Broadgreen IS A       1

Secondary Age Group – Pan Disability semi finals

Lansbury Bridge              4    v        Mosslands High      1

Chesnut Lodge B              4    v       Bluebell Park C         2

3rd & 4th Place play off

 Bluebell Park C                 5    v       Mosslands High      3

Final

Lansbury Bridge                6     v      Chesnut Lodge B      0

Thanks to Jaguar Land Rover Apprentices

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

JLR2

Thanks to Jaguar Land Rover’s Higher Level Apprentices for providing engineering support to the Sports Academy on an ongoing basis.

Today, 4 of the apprentices; Rob Hall, Tom Starkey, Daniel Davies and Ashleigh Milburn have been repairing and servicing wheelchairs and cycles used for the many disability sports activities on offer at the Academy.

Ashleigh Milburn said “It’s great to be involved with Greenbank and to use the skills gained through my apprenticeship to benefit local disabled people. The jobs that I have been involved with have also helped me to develop”.

Pete Wyman, Sport Development Officer at Greenbank added “It’s fantastic to have the help and support of skilled workers provided by Jaguar Land Rover, to do jobs that we would otherwise find expensive to do. It is really beneficial and much appreciated”.

Merseyside Ability Counts Day Centre League

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Greenbank Sports Academy played host to the Merseyside Ability Counts Day Centre League on 4 November.

Competition was fierce as teams from Oakfield, Acorn Farm, St Helens, Dunnigsbridge Centre, Kirkby Activity Centre and WSC took part.

Mark Horlick, LCFA Disability Football Development Officer said “This was the first match day of the season and the centres will now play 7 times. This week’s fixtures set up us nicely for the Disability Just Play sessions that will run at Greenbank Sports Academy from 12 until 2pm on Tuesdays for 10 weeks. This is open to disabled adults and is free of charge.

Thank you to all volunteers who supported and helped deliver the event. Well Done to everyone involved.”

Kirkby Activity Centre currently top the league with 14 points.

Results

HomeResultAway
Acorn Farm3 – 0Dunningsbridge Centre
Acorn Farm3 – 0Oakfield
Acorn Farm3 – 2St Helens CDP
Acorn Farm3 – 3Walton Sports Centre
Acorn Farm1 – 1Kirkby Activity Centre
Dunningsbridge Centre0 – 5Kirkby Activity Centre

Merseyside Schools Boccia Tournament 2014

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Congratulations to all the players who took part in the Merseyside Boccia Tournament 2014 on 3 November at Greenbank Sports Academy. The standard of play improves every year and this tournament included some excellent games throughout the day.

The high standard is testament to the hard work of coaches and teachers to prepare the children for this event.

Following the tournament Woodchurch High B (Wirral), Alt Bridge C (Knowsley), Clare Mount A (Wirral) and St Vincent’s B (Liverpool) will be invited to represent the North West in the Lord Taverners Regional Pan Disability competition taking place on Thursday 5th February 2015 at Greenbank Sports Academy

Event organiser Steve Sullivan said “A big thank you to all volunteers and referees who did an excellent job to help the tournament run as smoothly as possible. Special thanks to Sam Williams who organised the results table so professionally and ensured the tournament finished on time”.

Results

Primary Age Group – SLD

Princes A    3               v               Princes B    2

Primary Age Group SLD Winners - Princes Primary School A

Primary Age Group SLD Winners – Princes Primary School A

 

Primary Age Group – MLD

West Kirby A won

Primary Age Group MLD Winners - West Kirby A

Primary Age Group MLD Winners – West Kirby A

 

Secondary Age Group – SLD

Woodchurch High B    2               v               Crosby High A    0

Woodchurch High B Winners

Secondary Age Group SLD Winners – Woodchurch High B

Secondary Age Group – MLD

Quarter Finals

Alt Bridge B    2               v               Clare Mount B    4

Alt Bridge A    8               v               Clare Mount C    3

Clare Mount A    7           v               Ashley B    0

Alt Bridge C    5                v               St Vincents    0

 

Semi Finals

Clare Mount A    4           v           Clare Mount B    2

Alt Bridge A    6               v            Alt Bridge C    8

 

Final

Clare Mount A    7          v           Alt Bridge C    1

Secondary Age Group MLD Winners - Clare Mount A

Secondary Age Group MLD Winners – Clare Mount A

Cycling Opportunity for Disabled People and Their Families

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

The Greenbank Cycling Club has secured 3 year funding from NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Healthy Liverpool to set up and run a Cycling for All session every Saturday from 10am until 2pm, starting 8 November.

The instructor led sessions, with the support of volunteers, will give disabled people, their family and friends the opportunity to cycle together in Sefton Park. Tricycles, tandems, hand cycles and standard bikes are available for participants and are suitable for people with a range of disabilities including sensory, learning and physical disability.

Cycling Club Chairman Timmy Toner said “The aim of the project is to help as many disabled people as possible to become independent cyclists. Once they have passed their cycling proficiency test they will be able to borrow equipment and cycle independently in the park.

We can offer support and advice to build confidence and improve skills for as long as someone needs it. Cycling is a great way to keep fit, meet new people and get involved.”

No need to book; just meet at Greenbank Sports Academy, Greenbank Lane L17 1AG

Cost £1 per session

Contact Pete Wyman 07733 930 221 for more details.