Archive for February 2015

Development Day for Electric Wheelchair Users

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015


As part of our schools’ programme, the sports development team organised an event, earlier this month, to offer young electric wheelchair users an opportunity to try Boccia, Athletics, Polybat and Table Cricket.

Thanks to the assistance of 9 sports students from Liverpool John Moores University, all of the youngsters involved were given a coaching session and the chance to have-a-go at each of the sports on offer.

Choices Merseyside Sport Development Officer Steve Sullivan said;

“There is very little sport available for children who use an electric wheelchair and it’s great that we were able to organise this event.  Pupils from Sandfield Park, Broadgreen International and Woodchurch High Schools took part and really enjoyed the experience.”

Electric wheelchair users can also play Power Hockey at Greenbank Sports Academy most Wednesday evenings from 5 – 6pm. Players should just turn up.


School’s Out Success

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

This half term, Greenbank Sports Academy hosted two fun filled, action packed days for disabled children. On Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th of February, children took part in a range of inclusive activities including boccia, basketball, indoor athletics, rebound therapy and arts and crafts.

Session leader Steve Hoskins said;

“It’s a great way to keep children active, get together and play sport during the school holidays. We have lots of specialist equipment available, so that sessions are inclusive.”


Greenbank Sports Academy’s next holiday multi activity days will be held during the Easter holidays on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th April.

The day costs £8 per child, from 10am-4pm.  Book a place in advance by downloading our online registration form and sending it back to us. Alternatively, call Steve Hoskins on 0151 280 7757 for more information.


Power Hockey extends its reach from Liverpool to London

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Thanks to funding from City Bridge Trust and the Bulldog Trust through Panathlon, we were able to supply power hockey chairs for a Powerchair Athlete Day held in Islington on 10 February.

The unique power hockey chairs, complete with a push button firing mechanism, have been developed in Liverpool by Greenbank working in partnership with North West Training Council and Jaguar Land Rover apprentices.

After initial coaching, 9 children from Richard Cloudesley School, Hasmonean Primary School and Frank Barnes School had great fun playing power hockey, football and completing a slalom.

Pete Wyman, who is leading the development of power hockey from Greenbank Sports Academy commented:

“We developed this chair to enable the most disabled children to experience a fast moving sport and be able to compete equally with their friends.

The challenge now is to make the chairs available to children across the country and eventually internationally. Each chair cost £3000 to produce and we need support to make more, so that every child who uses a power chair can have the experience.”

Power hockey is played at Greenbank Sports Academy every Wednesday from 5 – 6pm.

New players welcome.

Free half term activities for disabled children

Thursday, February 12th, 2015


On Friday 20th February, Greenbank Sports Academy & Caudwell Children are running a partnership event to provide sports activities for children with disabilities.  

Come along and see what sport your child might be interested in pursuing after half term. There will be a number of Caudwell Children volunteers on hand to provide assistance and support to anyone who needs it.

Coaches will be available throughout the day to answer questions and give extra information about interesting sports opportunities in a variety of areas.

10am – 1pm

For children aged 8-18

A chance to try Boccia, Rebound Therapy and Wheelchair sports such as Handball, Basketball, Adapted Cycling and Football.

12.30pm – 2.30pm

For children aged 1-5

Games, soft play, bouncy castle and ride-on toys.

Please note; Parents and carers must stay with their children at all times.

There is no charge for attending this event.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to join the Caudwell Children Child Ambassador Network on the day. We have an onsite café, so feel free to buy a coffee or have lunch after the sessions are over.

Merseyside Schools Wheelchair Handball Tournament

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Liverpool Wheelchair Handball Club organised their second tournament this academic year, for local schools, at Greenbank Sports Academy, on 9 February.
Teams from Sandfield Park (Liverpool), St Chads (Halton), Woodchurch High (Wirral) and Cavendish Schools (Halton) took part in the event, which was organised to increase interest and participation in the sport.
George Jolley, Treasurer of Liverpool Wheelchair Handball Club said “With funding from Sport England, we are able to work on an ongoing basis with local schools to give young people the opportunity to play wheelchair handball. It’s great to be able to bring the schools together and give players an opportunity to compete.”
The closely fought tournament was won by Woodchurch High School, with Cavendish School (A Team) the runners up.

Lord’s Taverners Regional Boccia Tournament

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Physical Disability Winners Broadgreen International School

Physical Disability Winners Broadgreen International School

Pan Disability Winners Greenbank School

Pan Disability Winners Greenbank School

We were delighted to host The Lord’s Taverners Regional Boccia Tournament on 5 February. Children from thirteen schools throughout the North West competed at the event with the hope of participating in the U19 National Boccia Championships in Sheffield on 24 April.
The tournament brought together children with a wide range of disabilities to play in teams against other schools. Although this is a competitive sport, there was a real feel of community in the air.
Boccia England, the leading body for the sport, had representatives at the event – Coach Matt Kendrick was on the lookout for potential Paralympic players. When asked why the sport was important to so many people Matt commented;
“It’s their lives, it’s all some people can do. It’s a sport which can be played by those with the highest levels of disability. Some boccia players are heavily reliant on full time carers, and so the importance of a sport which can be played independently is imperative.”
The winner in the pan disability section was Greenbank School, Cheshire. Runners up were Loyne Specialist School, Lancashire and Appleby Grammar, Cumbria.

The winner of the physical disability section was Broadgreen International School, Merseyside. Runners up were The Nelson Thomlinson School, Cumbria and Hebden Green Community School, Cheshire.

Mark Palmer, Sport Development Manager at Greenbank Sports Academy added;
“The coaches and staff at Greenbank would like to thank everybody for their participation and donations. The event would not have been possible without help from The Lord’s Taverners and Boccia England. We wish the winners the best of luck in the national finals in April”.


Merseyside Ability Counts Football League Fixture

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

We were delighted to host the second of three fixture dates this season for the FA Merseyside Ability Counts League on Friday 30 January.

Teams playing in three Ability Counts Leagues; Primary Physical Disability (PD), Secondary Severely Learning Disability (SLD) and Secondary Physical Disability were involved, as local schools battled it out to finish on top.

Mark Horlick, LCFA Disability Football Development Officer said “It’s great to be able to offer disabled children the chance to compete, on a regular basis, with other players of the same standard. The competition is fierce and it’s fantastic to see how much it means to the players to be part of a league”.

The Primary PD league involves teams from Princes and Millstead schools and is currently topped by Princes A team, who are unbeaten after 8 games.

Full results

The Secondary SLD league includes 9 schools from across Merseyside; Cavendish, Meadowside, Palmerston, Redbridge, Rowan Park and Wargrave House. Palmerston A top the league with an 8 game unbeaten run.

Full results

The Secondary PD league involves 6 teams from 3 local schools; Broadgreen International, Sandfield Park and Woodchurch. Broadgreen are currently top after 9 games unbeaten.

Full results

The final fixture date this season is Monday 27 April at Greenbank Sports Academy.