Archive for January 2016

Merseyside encourages school children to get active

Friday, January 29th, 2016

More than 150 young people took part in the Merseyside’s Step into Sport Conference at Greenbank Sports Academy on 28th January 2016.

The purpose of the conference was to teach inclusion, health, well-being and leadership skills to pupils of the 14 Merseyside schools who attended. This information was shared in a range of ways including workshops, presentations and fun sports activities.

Step into Sport offered pupils the chance to take part in a range of activities including visually impaired boccia, resistance training, wheelchair dancing and Paralympic challenges. There was even a mini Rampworx Skate Park!

There were also talks to inform children about making healthier diet choices including problems with sugary drinks.

Conference organiser Jon White from Youth Sport Trust Lead Inclusion School for Merseyside, Clare Mount School Specialist Sports College commented:

“Over 150 young leaders, many with special educational needs or disabilities, have come today to a national centre of excellence for inclusive sport and physical activity to take part in a leadership conference.  For some of these leaders it might be their first ‘Step into Sport’ whilst for others it was a chance to further develop impressive leadership, coaching and volunteering profiles.  All young leaders were trained to adapt PE and sport, to action plan and go back to school and advocate for different sports such as Rampworx, and about the importance of a healthy diet.”

The event was organised in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust, Clare Mount Specialist Sports College, Bebington High Sports Collegel and Greenbank Sports Academy.

East Midlands / Leicester Triumph at Team Boccia Tournament

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Players representing East Midlands/ Leicester beat Blackpool Boccia Club 7:1 in a convincing victory at the Team Boccia Tournament held at Greenbank Sports Academy on Sunday 24th January.

More than sixty players from all over the country took part in a competitive and entertaining event which was hailed as a great success by the organisers.

Steve Sullivan commented:

“The standard of play was very high, culminating in an excellent final.

Thanks to club coaches for preparing their players so well and to to volunteers and staff who gave up their time to referee the matches.”


Quarter Finals

East Mids/Leicester   6     v     3     Stockport C

Sheffield Boccia A    7  v   2   Cheshire

Stockport A     3     v       2     Conwy Castle

Blackpool Boccia Club  8     v   0   Fairfield A

Semi Finals

Blackpool Boccia Club     8     v     0    Stockport A

East Mids/Leicester  8     v     0    Sheffield Boccia A


East Mids/Leicester  7    v     1      Blackpool Boccia Club




Merseyside Schools MLD Football Tournament 2016

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Woodchurch Higheditweb      Alt Bridgeeditweb


Well done to all the players who took part in the Merseyside Schools MLD Football Tournament held at Greenbank Sports Academy on 22nd January.

Players were split into three age groups; primary, secondary years 7, 8 and 9 and secondary years 10 and 11. There was a high standard of play in all age groups and the tournament was very competitive.

Congratulations to Primary winners Knowlsey Central, Secondary year 7,8 and 9 winners Woodchurch High (above, left) and Secondary year 10 and 11 winners Alt Bridge (above, right).

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

“There were some excellent games played throughout the day, especially the finals in all categories which were very entertaining to watch.

The hard work of players, teachers and coaches is reflected in the standard of play exhibited throughout the tournament and everyone involved should be congratulated.

Thanks also to the referees and volunteers who ensured that everything ran smoothly.”


Merseyside Ability Counts – College League

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Carmel College take on Riverside College (white kit)

The second fixture of the College League was played at Greenbank Sports Academy on 20th January, producing some exciting games in both the Premier and Championship Leagues.

At the end of play Greenbank United top the Premier League, equal on 7 points with Hugh Baird, leading on goal difference after two convincing 4:1 victories over Greenbank AFC and Knowsley Community College.

Results and league table

Riverside College (2) top the Championship with 13 points; 2 points clear of Sports Academy FC and unbeaten in the league so far.

Results and league table

Mark Horlick commented:

“It’s great to see such enthusiasm amongst the players and the excitement is building as we head towards the final fixture of the season and then a cup competition in June.”


Gym Invests in New Equipment

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Jeff Tagoe

Earlier this month we invested in new Matrix cardio equipment for our gym, including treadmills, cross-trainers and a very popular climb mill to improve the experience for our customers.

Gym member Jeff Tagoe, commented:

“The new equipment is fantastic. I’ve been a member of the gym for the past five years and really enjoy coming to Greenbank. The staff are really helpful and friendly and there’s a great atmosphere. A wide range of people use the facilities and work to their own level.”

Duty Manager Dave Stanistreet added:

“This investment allows us to offer a much more up to date gym experience with features such as heart rate sensors built in to the equipment, so that users can monitor training zones effectively.

We’ve also invested in a new Medicotech THERA-Trainer Tigo – suitable for people with limited mobility / wheelchair users and rehabilitation. The Tigo offers assisted or non-assisted motorised movement of either arms or legs, on a number of settings, depending upon the user. This is in addition to our existing rehabilitation equipment”

Gym membership packages are available from just £10.50 per month.

Merseyside Schools Basketball Tournament

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Novice winners, Merefield

More than 50 local pupils from Crosby High (2 teams), West Kirby Residential, Woodchurch High, Merefield and Alt Bridge (2 teams) schools took part in an exciting Basketball Tournament at Greenbank Sports Academy on 18th January.

The teams were split according to playing ability to ensure the best experience for everyone involved.

Tournament organiser Steve Sullivan said:

“Players demonstrated some excellent skills throughout the event and the teams were evenly matched, producing three exciting finals. Congratulations to all the players involved.

Thanks to the support of volunteers and staff from Greenbank the day has been a great success.”


Novice Final – Merefield 6 vs 2 Woodchurch High

Intermediate Final – Crosby High B 4 vs 2 Alt Bridge B

West Kirby 6 vs 0 Alt Bridge

Team Boccia Tournament 2016

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
Photo by Craig Bascombe, eye4design

Photo by Craig Bascombe, eye4design

The first Team Boccia Tournament will take place at Greenbank Sports Academy on Sunday 24th January. The event is open to centres and clubs with disabled members (people with learning, physical or sensory impairment).

Sixteen teams including some travelling from Blackpool, Sheffield, East Midlands and North Wales, as well as a number of local teams, have registered to take part.

Event organiser Steve Sullivan said:

“Boccia is a target sport for the Academy and we try to offer a wide range of opportunities to play.

The chance to play Boccia competitively is really important as players develop and we’re expecting some closely fought games.

As well as the Team Tournament, Boccia is also our January sport of the month for mini league. Sessions are free for anyone aged 14 plus, with a disability and take place on the remaining Wednesdays in January from 6 to 8pm.

We also have a Boccia Club available every Wednesday 6 – 7pm for players who want to take part regularly. It cost £1 to play. ”