Archive for November 2015

Broadgreen Victorious in Power Hockey Tournament

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Winners - Broadgreen Power Hockey Team

8 teams from 6 local schools (St Chads School (A and B teams), The Mosslands School, Sandfield Park School (A and B teams), Woodchurch High School, Wirral, Broadgreen International School and Saint Francis Xavier College (SFX), took part in an exciting Power Hockey tournament at Greenbank Sports Academy on 19th November.

The tournament, which involved approximately 40 disabled and non-disabled children, was fiercely fought, with Broadgreen International School declared champions, after beating rivals SFX by 3 goals to 2 in an exciting final.

Marcus Harrison, Captain of the Broadgreen team said:

“It’s great to be able to play this exciting sport competitively, with my non disabled school friends and brother. I’ve had a fantastic day – made even better by winning the tournament!!”

Tournament organiser Steve Sullivan commented:

“Today’s event has enabled disabled children; particularly those who use an electric wheelchair, to take part in a contact team sport, alongside their non-disabled friends, using a purpose built wheelchair. This enables players to pass and shoot a ball using a unique propulsion mechanism and have fun in a fast, competitive team sport. “

Medals were presented by Shelley Woods and Nathan Maguire, who are using Greenbank Sports Academy’s facilities for training in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

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

Congratulations to our Christmas Card Competition Winners

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Thanks to everyone who sent in entries to our Christmas Card Competition. It was really difficult to choose our winners out of all the excellent designs. Our three winners will receive a £20 Liverpool One Voucher plus 10 cards with their design to give to their friends and family.

Winners were:

4 – 10 Age Category: Lily McGaw

4-10 winner

11 – 18 Age Category: Daniel Morrow

11-18 Winner

19 + Age Category: Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards - Winter Woodland Scene

Here are all the the other submissions:

Panathlon Schools Football Tournament for Deaf Children

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

We are pleased to be hosting the Panathlon Schools Football Tournament for Deaf Children on Thursday 3 December 2015 (International Day of Disabled Persons) here at Greenbank Sports Academy.

The tournament is open to mainstream/special schools in Merseyside for children who have a hearing impairment and will run from 10.30am to 2.30pm. There are two age groups – Primary & Secondary. Each school can have a squad of 8 players and teams can include boys and girls and the tournament will be run under normal 5-A-side rules. These will be distributed once entry forms are returned.

The number of entries received will determine the playing time of the matches.

Medals will be awarded to winners and runners up and every player will receive a certificate.

Organiser James Dixon (Greenbank Sports Academy Coach) commented:

“We want to encourage as many deaf children as possible to get involved and take part in this exciting competition.”

James plays for the England Deaf Cricket team with the support of his interpreter.

To enter download an Application Form

Miss England Visit

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Miss England visits to present Marcus with his new chair

Miss England winner, Natasha Hemmings, visited us on 4th November to present a new Power Football chair to Marcus Harrison, as he took part in a power hockey training session.

Marcus has attended Greenbank’s power hockey club since it began in 2000. As an experienced player of Power Hockey, he has developed and adapted his electric wheelchair skills in order to play Power Football.

He currently represents both West Bromwich and England as a Power Football player. The new power chair will enable Marcus to train more frequently, helping him reach his potential as an elite sportsman.

Marcus is pictured with his new power football chair which has been funded by the money raised through Miss England for the Variety Children’s Charity

Miss England was crowned on the 14th of August, and is recognised for her dedication to charitable work. Natasha said:

“I want to say a massive thank you to all those involved in Miss England for raising money for Variety Children’s Charity. We are making a difference.”

She will represent England in the 2015 Miss World Championship in China this December.

The power hockey club runs every Wednesday 5 to 6pm . New disabled players welcome.

Merseyside Schools Pan Disability Boccia Tournament 2015

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
West Kirby Residential (A)  take the trophy

West Kirby Residential (A) take the trophy

More than fifty children, representing schools from across Merseyside took part in the Pan Disability Boccia Tournament at Greenbank Sports Academy on 2nd November 2015.

The event was a qualifier for the Lord’s Taverners Regional Boccia Tournament, which will be held at the Academy in February. Finalists West Kirby Residential School’s A and C teams earned the right to play at the event and represent the region.

Choices Development Officer Steve Sullivan, who organised the tournament, commented:

“Congratulations to all the players who took part in the competition. The standard of play improves every year and we’ve seen some great games throughout the day.

A big thank you to all volunteers and referees from who did an excellent job to help the tournament run as smoothly as possible.”


Semi Finals

West Kirby Res A    7   v  5  Woodchurch High

West Kirby Res C   11  v  2  Alt Bridge A

3rd & 4th Place play off

Woodchurch High  8  v  4  Alt Bridge A


West Kirby Res A  13  v  0  West Kirby Res C