Archive for July 2016

NW Disability Sport Regional Games 2016

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Boccis player using ramp

The Choices for Disability Sport Regional Games, held at Greenbank Sports Academy on 16th and 17th July were a great success, attracting participants from across the region and beyond (including Yorkshire and Cumbria).

The event which is part of the wider Choices for Disability Sports Programme included Football and Boccia as competitive events.

Boocia tournament organiser Steve Sullivan commented:

“Congratulations to all competitors who took part in a very entertaining, exciting and competitive tournament. We had over 75 players from 20 teams taking part from a wide range of areas across the country which is so good for the development of Boccia.

We would like say special 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 were able to attend on the day. We would also like to thank all the referees and volunteers who officiated so professionally throughout the day and helped the tournament run so smoothly.”



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Choices for Disability Sport Awards 2016

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Spirit o Sport Award winner Julia Burge (left) with Alice Wilson, Deloitte

Julia Burge (left) with Alice Wilson, Deloitte

We were delighted to hold our Choice for Disability Sport Awards at Greenbank Sports Academy on 16th July.

Greenbank Sport Development Manager Mark Palmer commented:

“Like so much sport at grassroots level, the Choices programme relies on the commitment, enthusiasm and passion of volunteers, coaches and role models to encourage and inspire participation.

These awards are about acknowledging the people that make our disability sport programme successful. “

The award winners were:

Spirit of Sport Award, sponsored by Deloitte – Julia Burge

Young Sports Person of the Year, sponsored by Cyclone Technology – Nathan McGuire

Coach of the Year, sponsored by Prokill – Steve Hoskins

Choices Club of the Year, sponsored by Cyclone Technology – Greenbank Cycling Club

Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover – Dorothy Ashe

Senior Sportsperson of the Year, sponsored by Marshall Property’s – Samuel Kolak (Wheelchair Racing)

Satellite Club of the Year, sponsored by Merseyside Sport Partnership – Sandfield Park School

Choices Hub Participant of the Year sponsored by SIA Healthcare – Joe Matthews & Adam McGrath

Thanks also to Carlsberg and Bookers for providing event refreshments.




Choices Power Hockey Tournament 2016

Thursday, July 14th, 2016
Winning Power Hockey Team, Broadgreen International School

Winners, Broadgreen International School

Approximately 20 disabled and non disabled pupils representing St Francis Xavier (SFX) School, Broadgreen International School (IS) and Sandfield Park School took part in the Choices Power Hockey tournament held at Greenbank Sports Academy on Friday 8th July.

Competition was fierce throughout the event resulting in may close games. An exciting final saw Broadgreen IS beat SFX by two goals to one.

Event organiser Steve Sullivan commented:

“Power hockey has been developed by Greenbank Sports Academy as a sport in which disabled and non-disabled players compete equally.

The purpose built electric wheelchair that is used enables players to pass and shoot the ball using a unique, propulsion mechanism. It’s fast, furious and fun.

Power hockey is played at the Academy on Wednesdays from 5 to 6pm. New players welcome.”

Choices Festival of Disability Sport for Children 2016

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
Participant plays new age curling

New Age Curling

Approximately 130 disabled children from Merseyside schools, Lansbury Bridge, Woodchurch High, Sandfield Park, Alt Bridge and Merefield took part in The Choices Festival of Disability Sport for Children at Wavertree Sports Park on Wednesday 29 June.

The event was organised by Greenbank Sports Academy thanks to funding from Panathlon Challenge, Medicash and Cash for Kids. Deloitte Liverpool also provided a team of volunteers to act as officials.

The children had the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports including athletics, basketball, polybat, boccia, new age kurling, power hockey and football.

Kerri O’Reilly, Head of PE at Alt Bridge School commented:

“My pupils had an unforgettable day at the Festival of Sport.

Days like these are so valuable to our pupils it makes them believe, achieve and perform in a fully inclusive arena, giving them a massive boost for their self-confidence and self-esteem.

Most importantly events like these embraces the Paralympic values of determination, inspiration, courage and equality.”

Ian Magill, SEN PE Coordinator at Woodchurch High School added:

“The event offered a great chance for the children to engage in competition and take part in new sports and they all thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Event Organiser, Steve Sullivan said:

“It’s so important for disabled children to have the same opportunities to take part in sport as non-disabled children. The atmosphere at the event was fantastic and it’s lovely to be able to organise such a fantastic event.

We couldn’t have done it without the support of funding from Panathlon Challenge, Medicash and Cash for Kids and the help of volunteers including those from Deloitte.”