Archive for March 2017

Merseyside Schools Wheelchair Handball Tournament

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Seven teams from four Merseyside Schools; Alt Bridge, Lansbury Bridge, Sandfield Park and Woodchurch High, took part in the Merseyside Schools Wheelchair Handball Tournament at Greenbank Sports Academy on 27th March.

Teams were split into groups and play ended with two closely contested finals.

In Group A Sandfield Park beat Alt Bridge 1 – 0 and in Group B Alt Bridge beat Sandfield Park 2 – 0.

Organiser Steve Sullivan said:

“For some of the children, it was their first experience of playing wheelchair handball and it was great to see how much the standard of play improved as the tournament progressed.”

Schools Disability Basketball Competition

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
Novice winners Merefield School

Novice winners Merefield School

Five local schools; Merefield, Lansbury Bridge, Alt Bridge, Crosby High and West Kirby Residential sent eight teams to compete in a Schools Disability Basketball competition organised by Greenbank Sports Academy on 20th March 2017.

In the spirit of fair competition, teams were split into three groups based on ability levels; novice, intermediate and advanced and it was a fantastic event for all players. In the novice final, Merefield beat Lansbury Bridge, 4 points to nil. Crosby High’s A and B teams dominated in both the Advanced and Intermediate finals beating Alt Bridge’s A and B teams by 5 points to 4 and 6 points to 5, respectively.

Organiser Steve Sullivan said:
“Congratulations to all players who took part and huge thanks to our referees and volunteers who made the day run so smoothly.”

Intermediate Winners - Crosby High A

Intermediate Winners – Crosby High B


Advanced Winners - Crosby High B

Advanced Winners – Crosby High A

Greenbank Open Boccia Tournament 2017

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

We were delighted to welcome forty-three competitors, from across the country, to take part in the Greenbank Open Boccia Tournament on 19th March.

Organiser Steve Sullivan said:

“The standard of play has improved yet again this year, which is testament to the hard-work of players, coaches and support staff to prepare for the event.

A huge thank you to referees/volunteers who did an excellent job to help the tournament run so professionally – this is so important when we have such a high standard of players.”



Winner – Caroline Robinson (Stockport)

Runner up – Daniel Wain (Boccia Sheffield)


Winner – Ash Le Cras (Conwy)

Runner up – Callum Smith (EMD)


Winner – Gareth Stafford (Stockport)

Runner up – Debbie Carsberg (Stockport)


Winner – Leslie Martin (Boccia Sheffield)

Runner up – Alfie Yates (Norvik Boccia)


Winner – Kyle Martin (Boccia Sheffield)

Runner up – Jack Wilding (Blackpool Boccia)


Winner – Nathan Smith (East Midlands)

Runner up – Martin Morris (Conwy)

Family Fun on Derby Day

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Love the tension and atmosphere of derby day but want to spend time with the family too? Get the best of both worlds with our free family fun event at Time Out on Saturday 1st April from 12 noon.

Watch the game

In our spacious café bar, on large projector screen or wide screen TV. Liverpool vs Everton kick off 12.30pm.

Free fun for the kids

We’ve got bouncy castle and soft play for the little ones and giant inflatable obstacle course for older ones. Plus, beat the goalie, table tennis and board games.

Great value food

Match day menu available with light bites from just £1.50 and a kids’ menu available.

A great family day out with free admission. Contact

Secondary Panathlon Challenge 2017

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Secondary Panthlon winners - Liverpool

We were delighted to welcome fifty-six children representing Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral and St Helens at the Panathlon Challenge on 15th March. Events included boccia, table tennis and cricket, football, electric wheelchair slalom and sports hall athletics.

Tony Waymouth, Chief Operating Officer at Panathlon commented:

Disabled children taking part in the Seconary Panathlon Challenge 2017“It’s great to be back on Merseyside and to witness the success of a Panathlon event in an area which has been vital to our growth.

Panathlon is a national charity which worked with approximately 13,000 disabled children last year and we are extremely grateful to Greenbank Sports Academy for its help in organising meaningful competitive sporting opportunities at days such as this in the North

West.”Sandfield Park’s PE Teacher Kevin Gauden added:

“It’s been a fantastic day of inclusive competition. Children with a wide range of disabilities have loved having the chance to represent their borough – it’s been brilliant.”

Liverpool were the eventual winners with 56 points, with Sefton second on 50 points.

Schools Power Hockey Tournament 2017

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Four local schools; Broadgreen International; Woodchurch High, Sandfield Park and St Francis Xavier (SFX) took part in a competitive Power Hockey Tournament at Greenbank Sports Academy on 13th March.

Power hockey which has been developed at Greenbank Sports Academy for electric wheelchair users, enables electric users to compete alongside non-disabled players.

After an exciting day of play, a tense final followed involving arch rivals Broadgreen International and SFX.  Broadgreen managed to retain their unbeaten record, defeating SFX 4 v 2.

Power Hockey Player Liam Ashton, who is a pupil at Broadgreen International School said:

“I love playing power hockey. As an electric wheelchair user, I have very limited opportunities to play competitive sport. Power hockey is really fast and full contact, so it’s great fun, plus I can play it with my non-disabled friends. I’ve come to the tournament today with friends from school and it’s a brilliant feeling to be part of the team.

I come to Greenbank on Wednesdays from 5 to 6pm, every week to play. “

Sport Development Officer Pete Wyman added:

“To develop the sport and offer the opportunity for more disabled people to play power hockey we need funding to buy more chairs, which cost £4000 each. Call me on 07733 930221 if you can help.”

Merseyside Primary Panathlon Challenge

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
wirral team photograph

2017 winners, Wirral

Forty-five children from six schools representing Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral took part in the Primary Panathlon Challenge at Greenbank Sports Academy on 8th March.

The event was organised and funded by Panathlon –  a national charity that provides sporting opportunities to over 7,500 disabled young people a year.

Sports on offer included boccia, table tennis, football and sports hall athletics and the children all had a fantastic time.

After a day of fun competition, the winners’ trophy was presented to Wirral who had a two-point lead on nearest rival, Liverpool and finished on forty-four points.


St Helens423


Alt Bridge A are crowned league champions

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Alt Bridge School girls football team winners of Girls Disability Football League 2017

Alt Bridge School’s A team were the delighted winners of this season’s Merseyside Ability Counts Girls Under 16 League, following the final fixture on 6th March hosted by Greenbank Sports Academy. The team, who remained unbeaten for the season, finished 11 points clear of nearest rival Childwall Abbey School, with 58 points.

Kerri O’Reilly, Head of PE at Alt Bridge was really enthusiastic about the benefits of girls playing in a football league stating:

“Taking part in this league has been about much more than playing football. It’s provided a massive self-esteem and confidence boost for the girls and has become an important part of school life.

They look forward to every fixture and have made friends with girls from other schools which is a really important part of social development.

To win, is a real bonus and we can’t wait to tell everyone back a school!”

Mark Horlick LCFA Disability Football Development Officer added:

“Congratulations to Alt Bridge and well done to all the other teams who have been excellent as well”.

The league involved 6 teams from 4 Merseyside Schools; Alt Bridge (A&B), Woodchurch, Childwall Abbey and Crosby High Schools.

League Table

Samuel Serrano Comedy Club

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

We are delighted to be working with seventeen-year-old Samuel Serrano, who approached us to organise a fundraising comedy club.

The first Club night takes place at Time Out, Greenbank Sports Academy, on Friday 10th March . Samuel has managed to attract four great acts for the night; Mike Carter, Binty Blair, Adam Hughes and Spencer Montagu, who have all donated their time free of charge.


Samuel said:

“I know that Greenbank does some great work with local people and I wanted to support the charity. Comedy is what I know best and organising a comedy club seemed like a great way to offer support and gain experience at the same time.”

Entry costs just £1.

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