Archive for December 2015

Christmas Cup

Thursday, December 17th, 2015
Christmas Cup winners, PHAB Hut

Christmas Cup winners, PHAB Hut

Seven teams from the Merseyside Ability Counts Adult Day Services League took part in the closely fought Christmas Cup, held at Greenbank Sports Academy on 15th December.

Kirkby AC, PHAB Hut, Skem Menaces (2 teams), St Helens and Acorn Farm (2 teams) enjoyed some festive football to decide the cup winner.

PHAB Hut took the title topping the league with just a single point lead over rivals Acorn Farm (1), after remaining unbeaten throughout the day.

Mark Horlick, Disability Football Development Officer at Liverpool County FA commented:

“The tournament has been great – there’s been a fantastic atmosphere and everyone has really enjoyed taking part.

We’re back to it on the 5th January when the next league fixture takes place at the Academy.”

Merseyside Para Open Table Tennis Competition

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

The Merseyside Para Open Table Tennis Competition will take place at Greenbank Sports Academy on 12th December 2015.

The event is a ranking tournament of British Table Tennis Association for People with Disabilities (BTTAD). Although players must be a member of BTTAD to gain ranking points, the tournament itself is open to all players, making the competition a fully inclusive event for all who wish to attend.

There will be four competitions across the weekend; Doubles, Junior Singles, Open Singles and Class Singles.

Over 40 people from throughout Britain have registered so far. Players from Cardiff, Newport, Troon, London and Newcastle are expected to travel up to Liverpool for the exciting event.

Noticeable players who have entered so far are the Current European Champion Class 1 Rob Davies, GB Pathway squad player Daniel Bullen, and Conor McAdam.

Panathlon Challenge Deaf Football Tournament

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015


Over 50 deaf children – 30 from secondary schools and over 20 from primary schools throughout the region took part in the Panathlon Challenge Deaf Football Tournament at Greenbank Sports Academy on 3rd December – the first event of its kind.

The event was co-ordinated by James Dixon, a coach at Greenbank, a UK Deaf Sport Ambassador and England Deaf  International Cricketer.

National Participation Officer, UK Deaf Sport Clive Breedon commented:

“This event has happened because a variety of organisations including Panathlon, UK Deaf Sport, Greenbank and Liverpool FA have worked in  partnership and it’s great to see everything coming together to improve the  opportunities for deaf children to play sport. Taking part in this event will encourage them to get involved with sports regularly and it’s a great way for deaf children to meet other deaf children.“

Alex from Townfield School said:

“Just because a child is deaf it doesn’t mean that they aren’t interested in playing sport – just look around.”

Knotty Ash beat Wirral A 4:0 in the Primary School final and Sharples A team beat Sharples C team 2:1 in the Secondary School final.

Medals were presented by Liverpool Ladies FC and England U223 Goalkeeper Danielle Gibbons.

Danielle Gibbons and Sharples Winning Team resize

Choices for Disability Sport Wins Another Award

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Mark Palmer (third left). Photo courtesy of Merseyside Sports Partnership

Mark Palmer (third left). Photo courtesy of Merseyside Sports Partnership

Congratulations to our Choices for Disability Sport team on winning Merseyside Sports Partnership’s ‘Community Sports Project of the Year’ at the Sporting Champions Dinner held at Liverpool’s Britannia Adelphi on 27th November. This follows the success of the team in the Pride of Merseyside awards in September, where they won the Sports Team Award for 2015.

The Community Sports Project of the Year accolade was given by Merseyside Sports Partnership, in recognition of the work that Choices does to encourage disabled people of all ages to get involved with a range of sports through clubs, events and activities offered at Greenbank Sports Academy and community locations.

Sport Development Manager Mark Palmer said:

“We are delighted to get recognition for what we do – everyone in the team is really passionate about sport and the benefits that involvement can offer for disabled people, so it’s good when people say that we are doing a good job.

Winning the Community Project of the Year award will hopefully help more people to find out about the activities we offer and ultimately bring more disabled people through the door to take part.

Thanks and congratulations to everyone who makes Choices possible, especially our funders; The St James’s Place Foundation, Sport England, Children in Need, Postcode Community Trust and Halton and Knowsley Borough Councils.”

Merseyside Schools Wheelchair Handball Tournament

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Winners: Sandfield Park School (A)

Liverpool Wheelchair Handball Club organised their first tournament this academic year, for local schools, at Greenbank Sports Academy, on 26 November.

Two teams from Sandfield Park (Liverpool) together with teams from Woodchurch High and Clare Mount (Wirral) and Cavendish High Schools (Halton) took part in the event, which was organised to increase awareness,  interest and participation in the sport.

Mary Dunleavy, coach at Liverpool Wheelchair Handball Club said “We are currently delivering a Sport England funded project, to increase young people’s awareness of wheelchair handball by giving them the opportunity to play. This tournament has been great fun, with a lovely atmosphere and it’s really satisfying to see all these young people enjoying the game.”

Sandfield Park A were worthy tournament winners – remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament and beating Cavendish High School 7 to 3 in an exciting final.

The Wheelchair Handball Club meets at Greenbank Sports Academy every Wednesday 6 – 7pm and is open to disabled and non-disabled players aged 14 and above – new players welcome.

Merseyside Ability Counts – College League

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Greenbank Sports Academy’s Sports Development Team has been working with Mark Horlick, Disability Development Officer at the County FA to create a College League open to disabled players who are students at local Colleges.

The first fixture, played at the Sports Academy on 25th November, attracted eight teams from Carmel College (2 teams), City of Liverpool College, Greenbank College (3 teams), Hugh Baird College and Knowsley Community College and was used to split teams into two divisions, according to playing ability.

The new College Premier League will consist of:
Greenbank AFC

Hugh Baird

Greenbank Utd

Knowsley Community College

Riverside College 1

The Championship will include:
Sports Academy FC

Carmel College 2

Carmel College 1

City of Liverpool

Riverside College 2

Mark Horlick commented: “It was a great event and it’s great to have disabled students from all these local colleges involved with the league.”

The season will include three more league dates and cup competition, which will be played in June 2016.

Results and league table.