Archive for July 2015

Choices for Disability Sport Awards 2015

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Senior of the year – Ummi Spall

Greenbank Sports Academy held its annual awards night on 18th July, to recognise the contribution to disability sports made by a wide range of individuals.
Thanks to funding from The St James’s Place Foundation, the Academy has run a successful Choices for Disability Sports Programme, which increases sporting opportunities across Merseyside, since 2012. The programme now facilitates twenty club sessions in twelve sports across seven days per week.
Greenbank Sport Development Manager Mark Palmer said:
“The success of sport, at grassroots level in particular, relies on the passion of the people who turn up, week in, week out to offer sessions and develop the sport. The Choices Awards are all about saying thank you to those involved with making our disability sports programme happen.”
The award winners were:
Choices Senior of the Year, sponsored by Stackhouse Poland Ltd – Ummi Spall
Choices Club of the Year, sponsored by Cyclone Mobility – Greenbank Cycling Club
Choices Junior of the Year, sponsored by Peter Dickinson Wealth Management – Alex Warine
Choices Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Iain McLaverty Wealth Management – Andrew O’Brien Settle
Choices Coach of the Year, sponsored by Richard Janvier and John Ronan, St James’s Place Wealth Management – Rose Hutchinson
Choices Special Recognition Award, sponsored by Cyclone Mobility – Malcolm Forster
Further supporters of the evening were Jaguar Landrover, Carlsberg UK and Marshall Property.

Coach of the year - Rose Hutchinson

Coach of the year – Rose Hutchinson

NW Disability Sport Regional Games Success

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015


The recent Choices for Disability Sport Regional Games, held at Greenbank Sports Academy on 10th, 18th and 19th July were a great success, attracting over 160 participants from across the region and beyond (including Leicester Conway and Stockport).

The event, which is funded by St James’s Place Foundation and part of the wider Choices for Disability Sports Programme included Wheelchair and Standing Table Tennis, Power Hockey, Football and Boccia as competitive events. Participants also had an opportunity to have-a-go at Paralympic wheelchair rugby.

Boocia tournament organiser Steve Sullivan commented:

“Congratulations to all competitors who took part in a very entertaining, exciting and competitive Boccia tournament. The standard of play was very high culminating in an excellent final between two evenly matched teams that required a tie break after the score finished 6 – 6 after 6 ends.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Club staff for the hard work they have been providing in training the competitors to such a good standard and for ensuring that the players attended on the day. We would also like to thank all the referees who officiated so professionally throughout the day and helped the tournament run so smoothly.”


Power HockeySt Francis XavierMosslands SchoolMeadowside and Woodchurch joint 3rd
Table Tennis –


Mark Palmer


Tony Edge


Anthony McMullen


Table Tennis –


Jordan Abbott

(Halton TT Club)

Tim Fields

(Ramsbottom TT Club)

Danny Berehelishi

(Abraham Moss school)

BocciaLeics/East Mids BConwy Castle BFairfield A & Abraham Moss joint 3rd
Football A FinalKevin Pollock FCAll Stars 
Football B FinalMighty KopitesWalton Panthers 


Greenbank Sunday 19.7.15

Greenbank Sunday 19.7.15


North West Regional Games – Power Hockey Tournament

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Tournament winners SFX

Tournament winners SFX

Greenbank Sports Academy hosted the first event of the North West Regional Games 2015: a Power Hockey Tournament involving four local schools, on Friday 10thJuly.

Teams from St Francis Xavier’s College (SFX), Meadowside, Woodchurch High and Mosslands Schools took part in a highly competitive tournament.

The final involving SFX and Mosslands was very evenly contested with teams separated by a penalty shootout after finishing 1 – 1. SFX eventually won the game 2-1 after penalties.

Many of the 25 players were completely new to the sport, which has been developed at Greenbank Sports Academy to enable electric wheelchair users to take part in a fast moving team sport on a level playing field with their non-disabled peers.

Greenbank’s Chief Executive Gerry Kinsella, who has been closely involved with the development of power hockey commented:

“Power hockey, through the use of a specially developed wheelchair, with propulsion mechanism to fire a ball at the push of a button, enables severely disabled people to take part in team sport (often for the first time).

It has been fantastic to see some of our regular disabled players take part in the tournament alongside their non-disabled friends and be the best on their team.

We hold training sessions at Greenbank Sports Academy most Wednesdays from 5 – 6pm and new players are always welcome.”