Archive for March 2015

Greenbank Open Boccia Tournament

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
BC1/2 Winner Jake Smith

BC1/2 Winner Jake Smith

65 players from all over the country took part in the Greenbank Open Boccia Tournament on Sunday 29th March at Greenbank Sports Academy. It was a highly competitive and friendly competition with a high standard of play throughout.

Organiser Steve Sullivan was full of praise for volunteers and officials:

“ A huge thank you to the volunteers and referees who did an excellent job to help the tournament run so smoothly and professionally which is so important when we have over 120 games to play throughout the day.”

He also emphasised the importance of further development of the sport to ensure that standards continue to improve:

“We hope to encourage further development of Boccia in 2015 with our Choices team competition on Sunday 19th July 2015 and the Merseyside Open on Sunday 4th October 2015 and we look forward to see so many talented players participating again.

There is also an opportunity to play Boccia at Greenbank Sports Academy most Wednesdays from 6 to 7pm – no need to book, just turn up. Novices and experienced players welcome. ”



Winner – Jake Smith (Stockport)

Runner up – Caroline Robinson (Stockport)


Winner – Gareth Stafford (Stockport)

Runner up – Mark Rowland (Greenbank)



Winner –  Dylan Beaumont (Greenbank)

Runner up – Alice Kelly (Fairfield)



Winner – Pablo Rees (Swansea)

Runner up – Sue Bull (Swansea)



Winner – Nathan Smith (East Midlands)

Runner up – Beth Foster (East Midlands)


Winner – Kenny Boniface (Cambridge Road)

Runner up – Nicky Brown (Fairfield)



Merseyside Schools Basketball Tournament

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

As part of our work with local schools, sport development staff organised a Key Stage 4 (for pupils aged 14 to 16) Basketball Tournament involving eight Merseyside teams on 23 March.

Choices Merseyside Sport Development Officer Steve Sullivan said;

“This was a highly competitive tournament – throughout the day all of the teams demonstrated the skills acquired as a result of the coaching they had received in school.

A special thank you to all officials and volunteers from Liverpool John Moores University and Greenbank College for making this such a successful event and to Felicity Molloy for organising the day.”

Congratulations to all of teams who took part and especially Novices winners Broadgreen International School, Intermediate winners West Kirby Residential School and Advanced winners Clare Mount School (A).

The most improved team in the competition were Redbridge High School (Novice section).


Novice Group

Broadgreen IS  8  v  2  Woodchurch High

Novice Group Winners, Broadgreen International School

Novice Group Winners, Broadgreen International School

 Intermediate Group

 West Kirby  12  v  10  Clare Mount (B)

Intermediate winners, West Kirby Residential School

Intermediate Group Winners, West Kirby Residential School

 Advanced Group

 Clare Mount (A)  11  v  2  Crosby High


Advanced Group Winners , Clare Mount School (A)

Advanced Group Winners , Clare Mount School (A)


Successful Secondary Merseyside Panathlon Challenge

Friday, March 20th, 2015


On 18th March, we were privileged to welcome the 51 disabled secondary school pupils who took part in the Merseyside Panathlon Challenge. Panathlon Challenges happen throughout the country, featuring sports such as boccia, table tennis, table cricket, football and sports hall athletics for children with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities. The multi-sport competition requires them to work as teams, representing their borough.
Lynne Brown, Teaching Assistant at Sandfield Park School said:
“Our pupils really enjoy coming to this event to take part in a whole range of sports which they are familiar with from school. Panathlon encourages the children to mix with others and get recognition for their achievements but most of all it is good fun!”

Ian Magill, Teaching Assistant at Woodchurch High School added:
“It’s fantastic for the children to have an opportunity to represent their county and get a taste of competitive sport – win or lose, it’s a great achievement.”

The day was made extra special through the involvement of Paralympian swimmer Liz Johnson, who presented the medals on behalf of Panathlon Challenge. As a Panathlon Ambassador, Liz helped to run the event and even measured the children’s javelin throws.

Liz commented:
“I have gained so much from sport including many fabulous experiences. Panathlon provides an opportunity for disabled children to mix with others and experience competition; which is so important. With the way that the event is structured, every person in the team matters and has a contribution to make to the final points score. Participation in sport sets you up for life, and every child should be encouraged to get involved.”

Panathlon provides sporting opportunities for over 5,000 disabled young people each year. Over 400 schools took part in the charity’s 84 ‘mini Paralympic’ competitions in 2013/14, with 35,000 active hours of sport provided to disabled children. Panathlon currently reaches 23 counties and all 32 London boroughs and continues to grow nationwide, with 30 counties set to be involved by 2017.

The event was won by Woodchurch High School, representing the borough of Wirral. Congratulations to the Wirral team, and to all players who took part.

Winners, Wirral celebrate their victory with Liz Johnson (left)

Winners, Wirral celebrate their victory with Liz Johnson (left)

Merseyside Panathlon Challenge provides inclusive sports for disabled schoolchildren

Monday, March 16th, 2015


We were delighted to host the Merseyside Schools Primary Panathlon on 11 March. The event was organised by the Panathlon Challenge – a national charity that provides sporting opportunities to over 5,000 disabled young people a year.

Primary Panathlon events help children to build foundation skills in a range of Panathlon sports – including boccia, polybat, table cricket, football and new age kurling – which use adaptive equipment to increase the number of people who can take part. The day-long event was supported by volunteers from Liverpool John Moores University, Panathlon and Greenbank College, providing an opportunity for everyone to take part.

Jane Johnston, teaching assistant at Brookfields School in Widnes, said:

“The children were really excited about coming today and it’s absolutely brilliant that all of the activities cater for the needs of children with different abilities. It’s excellent that participation is recognised with a certificate and t-shirt for everyone – it’s not just about winning, it’s about taking part.”

The team representing Liverpool – which included pupils from Springwood Heath and Princes School – overcame strong competition from boroughs including Halton, Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral to win the event with a total of 58 points.

However Liverpool were not the only winners on a day that highlighted the importance of providing inclusive sports for everyone.

Gareth Burke, Halton Disability Sports co-ordinator, said:
“An event like this gives children who aren’t necessarily used to being picked first for a team the opportunity to represent their school and their borough, which is a great way to build confidence and self esteem.”


Merseyside Ability Counts Under 16 Girls School League

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

We hosted the third fixture of the 2014/15 season of the Merseyside Ability Counts under 16 Girls School League on 9 March. Teams from Alt Bridge, Bank View and West Kirby Residential played a total of six games at the event.

Alt Bridge held on to their top of the league position with an impressive 9 point lead over nearest rival West Kirby Residential, having accrued 28 points from 14 games.

Mark Horlick, LCFA Disability Football Development Officer said “Competition is fierce and all of the girls love to be involved – there’s been a great atmosphere today.”


Alt Bridge         3 – 2                Bank View

Alt Bridge         2 – 11               West Kirby Residential

Bank View         1 – 9                West Kirby Residential

Bank View         3 – 4                Alt Bridge

West Kirby        4 – 0                Alt Bridge

Bank View         1 – 4                West Kirby Residential

The final league fixture of the season will take place at the Academy on Friday 1 May.

Thanks to our Gardening Team

Monday, March 9th, 2015

A big thank you to all of those involved with improving our grounds; in particular Lindsey Kinsella and her team of Greenbank College students; John, Mel, Michael, Graeme and Kieran who are currently working on a number of projects including a sensory garden.
Lindsey said
“The team is doing a great job – it’s a lot of work to keep everything maintained and we couldn’t do it without the help of the students and my colleagues, Colin and Mike.
Spring is really busy time and in a few months time everything should be looking fabulous.”

We are currently looking for donations of established shade loving plants for the area bordering the Academy and College – contact Lindsey if you can help.

Greenbank College team named the winners in the football mini league

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Greenbank A - Adult ML-1

The winners of this month’s adult football mini league tournament were Greenbank College’s A-team. They were undefeated for four consecutive weeks in the league and continued to gain confidence leading up to the final week.  On Wednesday 25th February, Greenbank College A were unbeaten in 4 games and left the competition victorious with 38 points.

Over 40 players from across Merseyside took part in this month’s competition.

Choices Merseyside Sport Development Officer Steve Sullivan said

“Congratulations to all the teams who took part this month. I hope this league will go from strength to strength, and continue to be a place where players can take part in a competitive sport with a friendly atmosphere. The next fixtures start 7th October 2015, Greenbank Sports Academy would like to welcome both individuals and teams to come along and compete. Any individuals will be assigned into a team by our sports coaches on arrival.”

Mini leagues take place at Greenbank Sports Academy most Wednesdays from 6 – 8pm and focus on a different sport each month. Contact for details.