Archive for April 2015

Final 2014/15 Fixture – Merseyside Ability Counts Football League

Monday, April 27th, 2015

We hosted the final fixture of the FA Merseyside Ability Counts 2014/15 season on 27 April. Teams playing in three Ability Counts Leagues; Primary Severe Learning Disability (SLD), Secondary Severe Learning Disability (SLD) and Secondary Physical Disability were involved, as local schools competed to top their league.

Mark Thomas, PE Co-ordinator at Palmerston School, whose A and B teams were winners and runners up respectively of the Secondary SLD League, explained what taking part meant to his pupils:

“We’ve brought along a squad of 13 to play today and they are so excited – it’s the highlight of their year! It means so much to be able to work together as a team and enjoy the camaraderie of playing competitively. Both teams are a credit to the school and they should be very proud of their performance.”

Organiser Steve Sullivan commented “The atmosphere today has been great – congratulations to all of the teams involved for making is a fantastic season.”

Primary PD League Winners Princes School

Primary SLD League winners Princes School

Primary SLD League
Winners – Princes Primary School (A)
Runners Up – Millstead School

Secondary PD League Winners Broadgreen International School

Secondary PD League winners Broadgreen International School

Secondary PD League
Winners – Broadgreen International School
Runners Up – Sandfield Park School (A)

Secondary SLD League winners Palmerston School

Secondary SLD League winners Palmerston School

Secondary SLD League
Winners – Palmerston School (A)
Runners Up – Palmerston School (B)

SFX secure power hockey tournament win on penalties

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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We hosted the second annual Merseyside Power Hockey Tournament involving 8 teams from 6 local schools (St Chads School, The Mosslands School (A and B teams), Sandfield Park School (A and B teams), Woodchurch High School, Wirral, Broadgreen International School and Saint Francis Xavier College (SFX),  on Thursday 23 April.

The tournament, which involved approximately 40 disabled and non-disabled children, was fiercely fought, with SFX eventually declared champions, after the final against Broadgreen International School went to penalties.

Aindrea McDaid, PE Technician at SFX explained how their team started to play Power Hockey:

“Alex Waring, a Year 10 pupil at our school is an electric wheelchair user and he comes to Greenbank Sports Academy every Wednesday to play Power Hockey. He absolutely loves it and is always talking about it in school. When we found out about this tournament, we thought that it would be a great opportunity to for Alex play sport with his non-disabled friends, so we’ve brought a team of five along, including Alex.” Alex said that is was “Epic!!” to play sport with his friends.

The other pupils from the school added “We’ve have had a fantastic day – it’s been a completely different experience and our awareness of disability sport has increased.”

Tournament organiser Steve Sullivan commented:

“Power Hockey enables disabled children; particularly those using electric wheelchairs, to take part in a contact team sport, alongside their non-disabled peers, using a purpose built wheelchair.  It’s so important that disabled children have the opportunity to do this.”

“The chair, which has been developed by Greenbank Sports Academy in partnership with apprentices from Jaguar Land Rover and North West Training Council,  enables players to pass and shoot a ball using a unique propulsion mechanism and have fun in a fast, competitive team sport. “

Power Hockey sessions take place every Wednesday from 5 – 6pm – new players welcome.

Competitors wanted for the North West Disability Sport Regional Games

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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Greenbank Sports Academy, Liverpool is looking for competitors to take part in the North West Disability Sport Regional Games which take place on Friday 10th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July.
Funded by St James’s Place Foundation, as part of the wider Choices for Disability Sport Programme, the Games will bring together clubs and individuals from across the North West and beyond to compete in a range of disability sports.
Event Organiser Steve Sullivan, who is keen to attract as many competitors as possible, said:
“The more competitors we have, the better the event will be. We have a wide range of sports on offer; Power Hockey on 10th July, Football, Power Football and Wheelchair and Standing Table Tennis on 18th July and Boccia, Wheelchair Handball and Wheelchair Rugby on 19th July. We want to make this year’s event, the best ever and that means more people taking part.”

 

Entry details available here

Easter Holiday Activity Days

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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Approximately 20 disabled children have had a fantastic time this Easter Holiday, taking part in a wide range of activities including hockey, wheelchair basketball, cycling, flower pot painting, mask making and even an Easter Egg Hunt.

Margaret Curran, Mum of Ellie, aged 13, who has cerebral palsy and regularly attends school holiday and after school sessions at the Academy is enthusiastic about the sessions available and commented:

“The reason Ellie loves it so much is that she feels that she doesn’t get treated differently to any other child.  She has lots of independence and the space available is fantastic – Ellie can move round freely. It’s great that siblings can go to sessions too – it gives Ellie and her brother Josh some quality time together.”

Organiser Steve Hoskins added:

“It’s all about the children having fun and working together in a team environment.”

The next school holiday activity days for disabled children, their family and friends (aged 8 to 16), at Greenbank Sports Academy, are planned for Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May from 10am to 4pm.

To download an application form visit www.greenbanksportsacademy.com and send it to steve.hoskins@greenbank-project.org.uk