Archive for March 2016

Merseyside Schools Basketball Tournament

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Crosby High School

Crosby High School

Over 40 children from Crosby High School (A & B teams); Alt Bridge School (A & B teams); West Kirby Residential School and Clare Mount Specialist Sports College took part in the Merseyside Schools KS4 Basketball Tournament held at Greenbank Sports Academy on Monday 21st March 2016.

3 evenly contested finals took place at the end of the group stages. In the Novices Final Alt Bridge B beat Crosby High B 6 v 0. For the Intermediates Alt Bridge A beat West Kirby Residential 4 v 2 and in the Advanced Final Crosby High beat Clare Mount 2 v 0.

David Gairn, Crosby High PE Teacher commented:

“Basketball is a big part of our PE programme at Crosby High. We’ve been training every Monday since September preparing for this tournament and all their hard work has paid off.”


Greenbank Open Singles Boccia Tournament 2016

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

BC3 Winner Gareth Stafford

More than fifty players, from across the country took part in the Open Singles Boccia Tournament held at Greenbank Sports Academy on Sunday 20th March.

The standard of play was extremely high, with some closely fought games resulting in an exciting event.

Organiser Steve Sullivan said:

“The standard of play has improved year on year which is testament to the hard work of players, coaches and support staff in preparing for the event.

A huge thank you to volunteers and the referees who did an excellent job to help the tournament run so smoothly and professionally.”

Individuals can play Boccia at the Sports Academy every Wednesday 6 – 7pm.

The next tournament is Team Boccia; part of the North West Regional Games on Sunday 17th July.



Winner – Caroline Robinson (Stockport)

Runner up – Luke Bates (Sheffield)


Winner – Ashley Le Cras Conwy Castle)

Runner up –  Jake Smith (Stockport)


Winner – Gareth Stafford (Stockport)

Runner up – Mark Rowland (Greenbank)


Winner – Derek Sked

Runner up – Leslie Martin (Sheffield)


Winner – Jack Wilding (Blackpool)

Runner up – Ste Hunt (Fairfield)


Winner – Nathan Smith (EMD)

Runner up – Daniel Wilson (Cheshire)



St Helen’s Secondary Team make it a Double for the Borough at Merseyside Panathlon Challenge 2016

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016


Following on from the success of their Primary Team a week earlier, St Helen’s Secondary Team celebrated victory at the Merseyside Schools Panathlon challenge held at Greenbank Sports Academy on 17th March.

Manager of both teams, John Mannion from Lansbury Bridge School said:

“It’s lovely to look after a team which includes children with a range of abilities, who are able to compete at a single event and fantastic that their hard work has paid off.”

Panathlon Challenge is a day-long event, in which team members compete is a range of sports activities including Boccia, table tennis, table cricket, football and sports hall athletics.

70 secondary school aged children – 50 boys and 20 girls took part from 7 schools representing Liverpool, Knowsley, Halton, Wirral, Sefton and St Helens and supported by volunteers from Greenbank College / Liverpool John Moores University.

Comments from the children, about the event included:

Jessica:“I’ve had a really, really good day – I enjoyed everything but ping pong was my favourite.”

Jack: “I’ve played table tennis, had a go at running but football was the best – I scored a goal!!”

Harry: “I’ve had really good fun especially the table tennis – I used to be bad but now I’m good!!

Jenson:  “It’s been fun – I liked javelin because I’ve got much better.”

Ian Magill from Woodchurch High School added:

“Another great day of inclusive sport – everyone in the team had the opportunity to participate and sample real competition.”


1st – St Helens – 62 points

2nd – Liverpool – 56 points

3rd – Sefton – 46 points

4th – Wirral – 38 points

5th – Knowsley – 32 points

6th – Halton – 12 points




Power Hockey Tournament

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Power Hockey Winners - Brodgreen_web

Eight teams from six local schools; Broadgreen International; Woodchurch High (A&B teams), Sandfield Park (A&B teams), St Francis Xavier Mosslands and St Chads took part in a highly competitive and fun Power Hockey Tournament at Greenbank Sports Academy on 14th March.

The tournament, which involved more than disabled and non-disabled children competing as team mates was closely fought. The exciting final involved arch rivals Broadgreen International and St Francis Xavier, with Broadgreen coming out as tournament champions following a 3 – 0 victory.

Tournament organiser Steve Sullivan said:

“Today’s event is part of our power hockey development programme which gives people an opportunity to try a sport in which disabled and non-disabled players compete equally. The purpose built electric wheelchair that is used in the sport enables players to pass and shoot the ball using a unique, propulsion mechanism. It’s fast, furious and fun.”

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

Merseyside Primary Schools Panathlon Challenge 2016

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016


We were delighted to host the Merseyside Schools Primary Panathlon Challenge 2016 on 10th March. The event was organised by the Panathlon Challenge – a national charity that provides sporting opportunities to over 7,500 disabled young people a year.

It is run as a multi-sport competition and the children took part in a range of sports including boccia, polybat, table cricket, football and sports hall athletics. The day-long event was supported by volunteers from Greenbank College / Liverpool John Moores University Foundation Degree students.

Jon White, PE Teacher and Inclusion Lead at Clare Mount Specialist Sports College said:

“Panathlon is an extremely important competition. We have brought children along today, who really worry about new things. Coming here gives them an opportunity to overcome their anxieties and take part in a wide range of fun activities, whilst representing their borough.

The day is very well organised and the children get a t-shirt and medal to recognise their achievement, but aren’t put under any pressure.”

The team representing St Helens – which included pupils from Lansbury Bridge School and Sports College – overcame strong competition from the other Merseyside boroughs; Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral to win this year’s event by 18 points.


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Merseyside Ability Counts Under 16 Girls School League

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Sandfield Park WebThe final fixture of the 2015/16 season of the Merseyside Ability Counts under 16 Girls School League took place at Greenbank Sports Academy on Monday 7th March.

In the Premier League, Alt Bridge School maintained their top of the table position, with 24 points and an unbeaten record for the season.

Sandfield Park A team won the Championship League with 33 points after winning 11 out of their 12 matches.

Mark Horlick, LCFA Disability Football Development Officer said:

“It was another great day for the girls and a fantastic end to the season. After Easter we look to finish the year off with a cup competition. Well done and thank you to all players, volunteers and referees for their help and support.”

Panathlon Schools Basketball and Boccia Tournament

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Basketball winners Thomasson Memorial at Sharples High School (A)

Basketball winners Thomasson Memorial at Sharples High School (A)

More than fifty deaf children and young people took part in the Panathlon Schools Basketball and Boccia Tournament held at Greenbank Sports Academy on 29th February.

The purpose of the event was to provide an opportunity for deaf children to participate in sports that they had not previously experienced.

Michelle Dykins, Communicator at Thomasson Memorial at Sharples High School spoke enthusiastically about the event saying:

“There are very few sports events organised, specifically for deaf children and it’s great to give our pupils this opportunity to take part and know that communication is not going to be an issue.

A key benefit is the development of social skills – simply by having the chance to mix with other deaf children from other schools in the region – this doesn’t happen often enough.”

The basketball competition was won by Thomasson Memorial at Sharples High School (A), who beat their B team counterparts 8 points to 4.

In the primary Boccia final Middlewich Primary School (B) beat Westfield Primary School, 8 points to 2.