Archive for June 2015

Wheelchair Handball Tournament

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Winners Sandfield Park A

Winners Sandfield Park A

Congratulations to all of the players who took part in a competitive and fun wheelchair handball tournament at Greenbank Sports Academy on 29th June.

Funded by Liverpool Wheelchair Handball Club, the event attracted approximately 25 children from local schools, Sandfield Park (Liverpool), St Chads (Halton) and Alt Bridge School (Knowsley).

Sandfield Park A emerged as victors, unbeaten throughout the tournament.

Tournament organiser Steve Sullivan commented:

“Special thanks go to all volunteers, officials and staff from Liverpool Wheelchair Handball Club who provided funding for the event.”


Sandfield Park A      4   v  1      St Chads

Sandfield Park B      0  v  6      Alt Bridge

Sandfield Park A      5  v  1       Sandfield Park B

St Chads                    5  v  3       Alt Bridge

Sandfield Park B      1  v  4       St Chads

Sandfield Park A      5  v  3       Alt Bridge

3rd/4th place play off

Alt Bridge                   6  v  2      Sandfield Park B


Sandfield Park A      5  v  2        St Chads

Choices Festival of Disability Sport for Children

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Greenbank Sports Event 17.6.15

Approximately 250 children from Merseyside schools, Clare Mount, Chestnut Lodge, Palmerston, Lansbury Bridge, Woodchurch High, West Kirby Residential, Malvern and Alt Bridge, took part in The Choices Festival of Disability Sport for Children at Wavertree Sports Park on Wednesday 17 June.
The event was organised by Greenbank Sports Academy thanks to funding from Medicash Charitable Trust and Cash for Kids.
The children had the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports including athletics, basketball (wheelchair and running  game), polybat, boccia, new age kurling and football.

Event Organiser , Steve Sullivan commented:
“This event enabled disabled children to experience the thrill of competition and to be recognised for their performance – all of them have had a wonderful time. The event would not have been possible without the support of funding from Medicash and Cash for Kids and the help of volunteers from Deloitte and Greenbank College – thanks to all those involved in making it happen.”
Ian Magill, SEN PE Coordinator at Woodchurch High School added:
“It’s been a fantastic day – an opportunity for the children to take part in genuine competition and to try out different sports.”
The children from Woodchurch were very excited about the day; comments included:
“It was great.” “Football was the best.”

Results – 1st place:
Athletics KS3 MLD – Clare Mount (Boys), Clare Mount (Girls)
Athletics KS3 SLD – Woodchurch High
Athletics KS3 PD – Chesnut Lodge
Basketball KS3 – Clare Mount
Basketball KS4 – West Kirby Residential
Boccia – MLD – Alt Bridge
Boccia – SLD – Palmerston
Boccia – PD – Chesnut Lodge
Football KS3 – MLD Alt Bridge
Football KS3 – SLD Woodchurch
Football KS4 – MLD Clare Mount
Football KS4 – SLD Palmerston
New Age Kurling- Clare Mount
Wheelchair Basketball AM – Woodchurch High
Wheelchair Basketball PM – Lansbury Bridge
Polybat – Meadowside

Ping! Liverpool

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Mark Palmer (left) with Jack Hunter-Spivey

Mark Palmer (left) with Jack Hunter-Spivey

Sport Development Manager and former GB Paralympian, Mark Palmer joined current Paralympian Jack Hunter-Spivey at Liverpool One on 16th June, to showcase their table tennis skills at the launch of Ping! Liverpool 2015.

Ping! Liverpool encourages people to participate in table tennis, get active and have fun – for free at tables located across the city. Greenbank Sports Academy has a Ping! table available – just ask in Time Out café for the use of bats and balls and join in!

Mark commented:

“Table tennis is so easy to play and Ping! makes the game so much more accessible, with no cost involved.

Playing is a great way to take part in sport, meet new people and improve skills such as hand-eye coordination. The Sports Academy is particularly supportive of disabled people playing Table Tennis and runs a coaching session every Tuesday from 7 – 9pm.*”


*charge payable

Knowlsey Challenge Wheelchair Racing Club Success

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

It’s been a busy time for members of Knowsley Challenge Wheelchair Racing Club with notable achievements recorded for junior Nathan Maguire and novice Sam Kolek.

Nathan has recently won the London Mini Marathon wheelchair race for the 2nd year running ahead of Issac Towers 2nd who also trains at the club. A few weeks later he came 3rd in the Great Manchester 10k wheelchair race setting a new personal best of 23.45. On 4th June he competed in the Daniella Jutzeller Memorial meeting in Switzerland, in the 200m (28.12), 400m (52.39) and 800m (1.42.36) and set new personal bests in all distances.  Then on the 6th and 7th of June he competed in the 100m (16.22), 200m (27.53), 400m (52.17), 800m (1.44.61) and set new personal bests again in the 100m, 200m, and 400m. He has also been selected to represent Great Britain in the IWAS World Junior Games in Holland in July over 200m, 400m and 800m.

Sam has been training with Knowsley for 2 years and the Swiss meeting was  his first international experience and only his second track meeting. He competed over 200m (33.69), 400m (1.05.84),  800m(2.10.97) 1500m (3.58.48). Over the week he continued to improve and set new personal bests in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m. Sam’s next major event is the Great North Run Wheelchair Race in September.

Steve Hoskins, a coach at the club said:

“We are very proud of the achievements of Nathan and Sam and both athletes show great potential for the future.”

Cricket Results

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

It’s been a busy week for cricketers at events organised by Greenbank Sports Academy and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Day Support Centres’ Tournament 2nd June

Congratulations to all teams who took part in the event which was held at Greenbank Sports Academy (due to waterlogged pitch at Alder Cricket Club). Players representing Active Me, Dunningsbridge and Oakfield played well throughout the day.

Active Me and Oakfield reached the final, with the teams evenly matched. Active Me were the eventual winners, beating Oakfield by two runs (185 v 183)

James Cutt, Disability Cricket Development Officer, Lancashire Cricket Board commented:

“There were some great games throughout the day which was a tremendous achievement for all players, considering this was their first taste of competitive cricket.

Schools’ Tournament 4th June

Sunshine and blue skies made it possible to play the Schools’ Tournament at Alder Cricket Club. Approximately 130 children, representing Sandfield Park School, Princes Primary School, Mill Green School, Woodchurch High School, Meadowside School ,  Aigburth High School and West Kirby Residential School took part in a fantastic day’s cricket.

Steve Sullivan, Choices Development Officer said:

“Skill levels were high this year which reflects the effort of the children and staff involved.

A big thank you all the players, teachers, umpires from ECB , individual volunteers, umpires/staff at Alder Cricket Club who made this event so successful. Also thanks to James Cutt (Disability Cricket Development Officer, Lancashire Cricket Board) who provided funding for this event.


PLD Secondary – Joint Winners, Sandfield Park A/Sandfield Park B

SLD Junior – Winners, Princes Primary

SLD Secondary – Winners, Sandfield Park F

MLD – Winners, Aigburth High


MLD / Sensory Schools Athletics Championship

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Ed Burnside, Aigburth High School crosses the finish line

Over 150 disabled children from 5 schools across Merseyside took part in the MLD/Sensory Athletics Championship, held at Wavertree Sports Park and organised by Greenbank Sports Academy, on Thursday 21st 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.

The most notable achievement of the day was from Edward Burnside, a pupil at Aigburth High School, Liverpool who won the boys 100m final in a remarkable time of 11.9 seconds. Edward will now go on to represent the North West, at the DSE National Junior Finals at the end of June, in Coventry.

Other great performances were recorded by Will Green from Crosby High School, Sefton, who jumped 1.45m to win the High Jump and threw the Shot Put 10.7m to win another gold medal. Trevor Murangi from Bank View North High School, Liverpool threw the Discus 21.3m which was a tremendous effort.

Event organiser Steve Sullivan thanked those who made the event possible saying:

“We would like to thank all officials and volunteers who supported this event especially the eighteen Sport Leaders from Gateacre Comprehensive School, who, under the guidance of Lindsay Shaw, were so supportive of the efforts of the competitors.

Thanks also to Liverpool Education department and the staff at Wavertree Tennis Centre for their continued support of this event.”