Archive for October 2016

Panathlon Gets Back into the Swim of Things

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Panathlon, in partnership with Greenbank Sports Academy, with funding from Peter Harrison Foundation organised the third Merseyside Panathlon Swimming Competition at the Lansbury Bridge School in St Helens on 6th October. This marked the start of the new Panathlon competition season and forty-eight children took part in a 10 race event programme.

In addition, 3 leaders from Edge Hill University and John Moores University officiated the competition both in and out of the water.

Vicky Jones, Great Britain 25-29 Age Group Triathlon representative at the 2016 World Championships in Mexico and Lansbury Bridge teacher, said:

“This is a great experience for the children to compete in a swimming event and it’s very rare for swimming to provide this kind of opportunity. It is chance to see others from the area participate and it also enables them to showcase their talents, learning and progress.”

The event was won by Chestnut Lodge School representing the Borough of Halton after a close contest against last year’s winners the Borough of Sefton.

Halton secured 5 wins out of the 10 events on the day and have regained the title they held 2 years ago.

Eileen Campbell, Teacher and Manager of the Halton team said:

“It’s an amazing event; children who don’t get to participate are in the water and competing as a team. Everyone has enjoyed day and now we also go back to school as champions!”

Event organiser Steve Sullivan from Greenbank Sports Academy said:

“This event helps the development of the sport across Merseyside. it allows children who are missed out in the system to be part of a swimming gala and show they too can enjoy water “

Tony Waymouth of Panathlon said:

“It’s great to be on Merseyside again and attracting a range of children who don’t get this kind of experience through normal swimming pathways. It enables a range of abilities to participate and the atmosphere amongst all Boroughs supporting fellow competitors is terrific”


1 Halton

2 Sefton

3 St Helens

4 Wirral

5 Liverpool

6 Knowsley

Merseyside Open Boccia Tournament 2016

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Rafael Young

Rafael Young, BC3 Winner

The 2016 Open Boccia Tournament, which attracted 60 competitors from across the country, took place at Greenbank Sports Academy on 2nd October.

Organiser Steve Sullivan commented:

“The standard of play has been high, with fair play demonstrated throughout, which is testament to the hard work of players, coaches and support staff in preparing for the event”

I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to volunteers and referees who did an excellent job to help the tournament run smoothly and professionally.”

He added:

“Boccia is a priority development sport at the Academy and have organised a team event for disabled players only. The 2017 Boccia Tournament will take place on Sunday 22nd January and the closing date for entries is 13th January.”



Winner: Daniel Wain (Sheffield Boccia)

Runner up: Caroline Robinson (Stockport)


Winner: Callum Smith (EMD)

Runner up: Chris Oswin (Stockport)


Winner: Rafael Young (Stockport)

Runner up: Gareth Stafford (Stockport)


Winner: Leslie Martin (Sheffield)

Runner up: Isabella Wood (Jigsaw)


Winner: Derek Sked (Southern Boccia)

Runner up: David Burns (Blackpool Boccia)


Winner: Nathan Smith (East Midlands)

Runner up: Dan Wilson (Cheshire)

Table Tennis Players wanted for the Merseyside Para Open

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Table Tennis

The Merseyside Para Open will be taking place this year on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December 2016 at Greenbank Sports Academy. Entry to this exciting event is open to all players with a disability.

There will be four competitions taking place over the weekend:

  1. Doubles  
  2. Junior Singles
  3. Open Singles
  4. Class Singles

Classification will be dependent on disability and functional ability. See the Information Sheet for further information.

Medals/trophies will be awarded to Winners, Runners-up and Third place in each category.

Entry fee is £15.

Closing date for entries is Friday 18 November 2016.

To enter download the Merseyside Para Open Entry Form

Merseyside Ability Counts Girls Under 16 League

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Greenbank Sports Academy hosted the first of four fixtures of the 2016/17 Merseyside Ability Counts Girls Under 16 League on Monday 3rd October.

Mark Horlick, LCFA Disability Football Development Officer said:

“The purpose of the league is to introduce football as a fun activity for disabled girls. Hopefully, as a result of competing in the league, they will want to continue to play out of school hours.”

The League has attracted seven teams representing five Merseyside Schools; Alt Bridge, Childwall Abbey, Crosby High, Clare Mount and Woodchurch High.

The first fixture was a great success and the league is currently topped by Alt Bridge A, who won all 5 games and stand 5 points clear of nearest rival Childwall Abbey, with 15 points.

League Table

Merseyside Schools 6-a-side Football Tournament

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Nine teams from across Merseyside took part in the first league date of the new season’s 6-a-side Football Tournament, held at Greenbank Sports Academy on 26th September.

Results were used to decide which division each team should play in.

Mark Horlick, LCFA Disability Football Development Officer explained:

“It’s really important that all players get the opportunity to develop their skills and this is best achieved by matching the footballing ability of the teams.”

Divisions were agreed as:

Division 1 – Sandfield Park A, Broadgreen and Sandfield Park B

Division 2 – Merefield, St Helens and Sandfield Park C

Division 3 – Woodchurch High, Sandfield Park D and Sandfield Park E

The next league date will take place on Friday 27th January 2017 at Greenbank Sports Academy.