Archive for January 2015

Sportivate Funding Secured for ‘Play Table Tennis Sessions’

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015


Thanks to funding from Sportivate, which aims to increase regular sports participation in sport for young people aged 11 to 25, we are able to offer ‘Play Table Tennis Sessions’ from 7 ’til 9pm on Tuesdays, until 16 March. It costs just £1 per session for anyone in this age group to get involved. Disabled players are particularly welcome.

Sport Development Manager and former Paralympic Table Tennis player Mark Palmer said “It’s fantastic to secure funding to offer grass roots opportunities for young people. Table tennis is a great sport, offering many benefits to players including mental alertness, improved hand eye co-ordination, a chance to meet people and enjoy the thrill of competition.”

‘Play Table Tennis sessions’ run alongside Greenbank Table Tennis Club, which is on every Tuesday from 7 to 9pm, at the Sports Academy. The Club is open to players of all ages at a charge of £3 per person.

Merseyside Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) Schools 5-a-side Football Tournament

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Greenbank Sports Academy was the venue, for pupils from 8 Merseyside schools, to take part in 5-a-side football tournament on 23 January.

The tournament, which was organised by Liverpool County FA (LCFA), was split into 2 age groups; Key stage 3 (age 11 – 14) and key stage 4 (age 14 – 16).

The key stage 3 tournament involved 8 teams who were split into 2 groups, with the winner of each group playing in the final.

Key Stage 3 Winners

Key Stage 3 Winners


3 teams from key stage 4 took part with first place awarded to the best performing team.

Keystage 4 Winners

Keystage 4 Winners

Mark Horlick, LCFA Disability Football Development Officer commented “It’s fantastic to have the support of the schools, in making days like today possible. All of the young people involved have had a great time and really enjoyed the chance to play against other schools from the area.”

Congratulations to players from Alt Bridge School, Huyton who won both the key stage 3 and 4 events.


Ashley A2 v 2Clare Mount
Alt Bridge1 v 0Knowsley Central
Alt Bridge (KS4)1 v 0Crosby High (KS4)
West Kirby2 v 3De La Salle
Ashley B2 v 0Crosby High
Crosby High (KS4)0 v 2Clare Mount (KS4)
Ashley A4 v 0West Kirby
Alt Bridge1 v 1Ashley B
Alt Bridge (KS4)5 v 0Clare Mount (KS4)
Clare Mount2 v 4De La Salle
Knowsley Central0 v 2Crosby High
Clare Mount (KS4)1 v 3Crosby High (KS4)
Ashley A2 v 5De La Salle
Alt Bridge5 v 1Crosby High
Clare Mount (KS4)0 v 3Alt Bridge (KS4)
Clare Mount1 v 1West Kirby
Knowsley Central0 v 2Ashley B
Crosby High (KS4)1 v 2Alt Bridge (KS4)


Key Stage 3 Final

Alt Bridge 6 v 2 De La Salle

Key Stage 4 Winners

Alt Bridge

New disability sports venues available at Fairfield and Huyton

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

We have been offering low cost sports activities for disabled people aged 14 and over, as part of the Choices Merseyside project since last July, thanks to funding from Sport England.

To cater for demand two of the original venues, in Liverpool and Knowsley have been changed.

Ambulant (run about) sports including Basketball, Football, Cricket and Racquet Sports are now on offer for just £1 per session at:

  • Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park, Longview Drive, Huyton, Liverpool L36 6EG on Saturdays from 2 to 4pm
  • Fairfield Phab, Jubilee Sports Bank, Jubilee Drive, Kensington, Liverpool L7 8SJ on Saturdays from 10am to 12 noon

Choices Merseyside Sport Development Officer Steve Sullivan said “It’s great to be able to offer sport for disabled people within their own communities. Keeping active and involved with sport is important for everyone and we aim to remove the barriers faced by disabled people, which prevent participation. Come along, join in and get fit in 2015.”

Other Choices Merseyside sessions are available at:

Cronton Sixth Form College, Cronton Lane, Widnes WA8 5WA on Mondays 5 to 8pm

Lansbury Bridge, Lansbury Avenue, St Helens WA9 1TB on Tuesdays 5 to 8pm

Woodchurch High School, Carr Bridge Road, Woodchurch CH49 7NG on Sundays 9am to 12 noon

North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, Southport and Ormskirk General Hospital, Town Lane, Kew, Southport, PR8 6PN on Sundays 10am to 12.30pm

Merseyside Schools Disability Basketball Tournament

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

We have been working with a number of local schools to offer sporting opportunities under the National Lottery funded Sportivate programme (funded locally via Merseyside Sports Partnership).

Participants from across Merseyside were brought together at the Academy on 19 January for a Disability Basketball tournament.

Sport Development Officer Steve Sullivan said “This was a highly competitive event and teams demonstrated that the coaching they had received as part of the Sportivate programme had paid off. A special thank you to all officials and volunteers in making this such a successful event and particular thanks to Felicity Molloy for organising the day”.

Congratulations to Crosby High School who won the Intermediate Group, beating Alt Bridge School 8:5 in the final. Also Broadgreen International School, who won the Novice Group, beating Merefield School 6:4.


Crosby High33002622461st
Alt Bridge A321084442nd
Clare Mount A3120818-1023rd
Aigburth High3030422-1804th


Clare Mount B3201148651st
West Kirby32101661042nd
Bankview High3120812– 433rd
Alt Bridge B3021820-1204th

Play off results

Semi Finals

Crosby High 6 v 2West Kirby

Clare Mount B 0 v 4 Alt Bridge A

3rd & 4th place play off

West Kirby 7 v 6 Clare Mount B


Crosby High 8 v 5 Alt Bridge A

Woodchurch High421128121652nd
Bluebell Park41212030-1034th
Redbridge High4040046-4605th

Play off results

Semi Finals

Broadgreen 2 v 0 Bluebell Park

Woodchurch High 6 v 10 Merefield

3rd & 4th place play off

Bluebell Park 4 v 0 Woodchurch High


Broadgreen 6 v 4 Merefield

Novice winners, Broadgreen International School

Novice winners, Broadgreen International School



British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) host Professional Development Event at Greenbank Sports Academy

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

We are delighted to be hosting BUCS’ Professional Development Event at the Academy on Thursday 22 January.

94 people are expected from across the country, holding a wide range of roles in the university and college sector.

The agenda includes a presentation by the Academy’s Sport Development Manager, Mark Palmer.

Mark who is also a lecturer and co-ordinator for the Foundation Degree offered at Greenbank College; Inclusive Sport Development said:

“It’s fantastic that we have been asked to host this event and have been given an opportunity to tell other universities and colleges about our partnership work with Liverpool John Moores University. The Foundation Degree that we offer provides an alternative route into higher education and we particularly support applications from disabled student.”

Thanks to The St James’s Place Foundation for their continued support

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Supporters of the Choices Programme

Paralympians Abdi Jama (centre) and Roy Turnham (2nd right) support the Choices Programme

We are delighted to have secured the continued support of The St James’s Place Foundation throughout 2015. Their £50,000 grant provides us with the funds to continue to offer 16 sports activity sessions per week, including boccia, wheelchair handball and basketball, cycling, table tennis and multi-sports, for disabled people aged 8 and above.

Sport Development Manager Mark Palmer said “The St James’s Place Foundation started to fund the ‘Choices for Disability Sport’ programme at the Academy in 2012, when we were selected nationally as one of their seven ‘Sport for Good’ projects. The security of this core funding has made such a difference to the range and variety of sports and activities that we can offer. We are extremely grateful to The St James’s Place Foundation for continuing to support us in this way and allowing us to offer sporting opportunity for local people. I would encourage disabled people to make the most of what’s on offer and get involved in an activity of their choice, visit for more information and contacts”.

The St. James’s Place Foundation Manager Mark Longbottom added: ‘We are thrilled to continue to support the fantastic work of Greenbank’s. Choices programme which offers tremendous sporting opportunity to disabled young people in Liverpool and the surrounding area and we are proud to be able to extend this partnership.’

From 2012 to September 2014 the Choices Programme achieved its four aims:

  • Giving disabled people the right to choose which sports they play – 10 disability sports are now offered via clubs and sessions at the Academy
  • Organising a regional multi-sport event – Choices NW Regional Games held in 2013 and 2014, with more than 180 disabled participants
  • Offering training for coaches and teachers of disability sport – 190 people have received training through the programme
  • Providing a first class facility for disability sport

This work can now continue throughout 2015 thanks to The St James’s Place Foundation.