Archive for May 2015

The Annual Liverpool International Handball Tournament

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Winners Liverpool Greenbank

Winning Wheelchair Team: Liverpool Greenbank. Photo Credit: Alan Henaghan

The annual Liverpool International Handball Tournament (LIHT) was held at Greenbank Sports Academy on 22-24 May. The Tournament was run by Liverpool Handball Club (LHC). It is the UK’s oldest Handball tournament after running for 16 years.

Over 30 teams participated in Senior Men and Womens Cup, Men and Women’s Plate, Junior Challenge Cup and Wheelchair Cup.

In the Wheelchair Cup, 7 club teams participated from France, Spain, Halton and Liverpool. Liverpool Greenbank defeated Salestad from France 5-4 after a tense final. Anthony McMullen from Liverpool Greenbank was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

Mark Palmer, Greenbank Sports Academy Sports Development Manager and member of winning Liverpool Greenbank team said “The event always proves popular and has attracted overseas teams as well as some of the best of British handball talent to the Greenbank Sports Academy. The Wheelchair Handball Cup is growing in size each year and this year saw the first international team entering.”

Participants interested in Wheelchair Handball can attend Liverpool Wheelchair Handball Club sessions at Greenbank Sports Academy on Wednesdays 6-7pm.

Wheelchair Handball players in action

Photo Credit: Alan Henaghan

Choices Festival of Disability Sport for Children 2015

Thursday, May 21st, 2015


The Choices Festival of Disability Sport for Children will take place at Wavertree Sports Park on Wednesday 17 June and more than eight hundred children from Merseyside schools have been invited to take part.

Thanks to funding from Medicash Charitable Trust and Cash for Kids we are able to organise this fantastic event.

Sports available will include athletics, basketball (wheelchair and running game), polybat, boccia, new age kurling, power football and hockey, table tennis, seated volleyball and football – there’s something for everyone.

Sport Development Manager, Mark Palmer commented:

“Sports participation offers so many potential health and well being benefits including improved self esteem and confidence but so often disabled people are excluded from activities, for many reasons, including lack of equipment and trained coaches. Competition in sport is also vital as it increases motivation and sense of achievement. This event enables disabled children to experience the thrill of taking part and to be recognised for their performance.”

Tense Final at the Centres and Clubs Team Boccia Tournament

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Cambridge Road A

Cambridge Road A

The Centres and Clubs Team Boccia Tournament took place at Greenbank Sports Academy on Monday 18 May with eight teams representing Cambridge Road, Oakenholt ATC, Bewley Activity Base and Wirral Bidston Bullets taking part.
Congratulations to all of the competitors who displayed a high standard of play, culminating in an excellent final between two evenly matched teams, Cambridge Road (A) and Oakenholt ATC (C). It took a tie break to decide the winner when the score finished 4 – 4 after 6 ends. Cambridge Road A came out as the eventual champions.
Official John Cole said: “There were some great players here today so well done to everyone who took part. It was a very close final with only one ball in it!”
Organiser Steve Sullivan added:
“Thanks to Resource Centre and Club staff for their commitment to training the competitors to such a high standard and to Greenbank College sports coaching students for their professionalism when refereeing matches.”


Semi Finals

Game 1  Cambridge Road A   7   v   2  Bewley Activity Base A

Game 2  Oakenholt C   3   v   2   Wirral Bidston Bullets
(After tie break)


Cambridge Road A   5   v   4   Oakenholt C
(After tie break)



Schools Athletics Championships

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Children from Princes Primary School

Children from Princes Primary School

Over 270 disabled children from 11 schools across Merseyside took part in the PD/SLD Athletics Championship, held at Wavertree Sports Park and organised by Greenbank Sports Academy, on Thursday 14th May 2015.

The event offered a great opportunity for all of the children to take part competitively in a number of track and field events.

A notable performance came from Josh Lewis from Palmerston School (Liverpool) who won the male 100m Final in a time of 13.7 seconds.

In the female 100m final there was a three way close finish between Erin Campbell and Megan Verdin, both from Palmerston School and Keitlyn Jackson from Woodchurch High School (Wirral). Erin Campbell received the gold medal with a time of 18.0 seconds.

Other gold medallists included Matty Rawson, Merefield School (Sefton ) who threw the 600g javelin 18.2m and Kelsey Jones, Sandfield Park School (Liverpool) who won the Bean Bag Target with a maximum score of 56.

Organiser Steve Sullivan praised the volunteers who made the event possible:

“Special thanks to students from Greenbank College, individual athletics officials and volunteers from across the County who supported the running of the event. “

And went on to acknowledge other event support:

“Thanks also to Liverpool City Council’s Education Department who provided use of the track, Liverpool Harriers and Athletics Club for the use of their clubhouse and to staff from the Liverpool Tennis Centre.”

Urgent – volunteers needed!

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015


We are running the Merseyside Schools Athletics championships at Wavertree Sports Park on Thursday 14 and 21 May from 10am to 3pm and urgently need volunteers to act as officials for track and field events – measuring, recording results etc (all volunteers will be risk assessed).

No previous experience needed as instruction will be given .

Contact Steve Sullivan 07835 537292 for details / if you can help.

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery award £17,379 to empower disabled children to play sport

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Postcode Community Trust

Thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, through Postcode Community Trust, we are thrilled to announce that our  year long “Empower Me” project started in early May. The scheme, which focuses on empowerment and personal motivation through sport, encourages disabled children to celebrate and embrace their abilities and achievements.

An estimated 180 disabled children and young people aged 8-25 will directly benefit from the scheme. Each week children will participate in “Empower Me” sports sessions, at the Academy. Sports on offer include table tennis (Tuesday’s 7 – 9pm), multi-sports such as basketball and handball (Wednesday’s 4 – 5pm) and “Funs for Everyone”, the leading Fundamental Movement Skills programme (Friday’s 5 – 6pm), which teaches balance, coordination and agility.

The £17,000 grant will also fund regional event competitions in Merseyside, bringing together disabled children from different backgrounds, encouraging teamwork and friendly competition. This social inclusion aims to empower children to meet friends and develop networks, whilst also improving health, stress and self-image.

Trained sports coaches conducting these sports sessions are often disabled themselves, giving young people aspirational role models to look up to and ask for support.

Merseyside Ability Counts Under 16 Girls School League

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
U16 Girls League winners;  Alt Bridge School

U16 Girls League winners; Alt Bridge School

The final fixture of the 2014/15 season of the Merseyside Ability Counts under 16 Girls School League took place at Greenbank Sports Academy on Friday 1st May.

Alt Bridge School maintained their top of the table position, followed by West Kirby Residential School.

Mark Horlick, LCFA Disability Football Development Officer said ““It’s great to see girls from special schools across Merseyside coming together to play football in a regular league. They have so much fun with some playing for the first time and all leave as friends. All abilities are welcome and we just want them to have fun and enjoy football!””


Alt Bridge 2 v 0 Clare Mount

Clare Mount 0 v 2  Bank View

Clare Mount 0 v 2 West Kirby

West Kirby 2 v 0 Clare Mount

Alt Bridge 2 v 0 Clare Mount

Bank View 2 v 0 Clare Mount

Vote for us and help to secure £10,000

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Basketball Greenbank 19.7.14

We are hoping to secure £10,000 from Aviva Community Fund to offer opportunities for disabled adults to take part in sport at Resource Centres across Liverpool and at its own venue. Sports on offer would include Boccia, Football, Table Tennis and Multi-Sport. However, to be in with a chance, the project needs as many votes as possible before 30 May!

Voting is simple, free and open to everyone – all you need to do is register (giving your name and email address) and you are then given 10 votes to cast. View project details at and vote for Greenbank.

Sport Development Officer, Mark Palmer stressed what a difference the project could make to disabled people:

“Taking part in sport offers so many positives for participants including social opportunities, focusing on achievements as well as the obvious health benefits that doing physical activity brings.

For disabled people such opportunities are limited and this project is all about making a difference to people’s everyday lives”

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