Archive for June 2017

Festival of Disability Sport for Children 2017

Friday, June 30th, 2017


Approximately 150 disabled children from Merseyside schools including Alt Bridge, Bluebell Park, Childwall Abbey, Knowsley Central, Sandfield Park and Merefield had a fantastic time at the Festival of Sport on 28th June 2017.

Organised by Greenbank Sports Academy and held at the Tennis Centre, Wavertree Sports Park it included the opportunity to compete at Boccia, Basketball, Polybat, Indoor athletics, New Age Kurling, football and indoor athletics.

The event was made possible thanks to funding from Medicash Charitable Trust and Panathlon Foundation and the support of volunteers from Deloitte, Gateacre Comprehensive School and Greenbank College.

There was a great atmosphere of friendly competition and teaching staff were delighted with the benefits that the event offered for the children competing.

Martin Carey, PE Teacher at Childwall Abbey School said:

“It’s been a really good day and a great opportunity for our children to develop their social skills, in public surroundings.”

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

“It’s a fully inclusive event, that all our pupils can enjoy. Taking part raises self-esteem, boosts confidence and gives children the chance to make friends and have fun with competitors from other schools across the borough.”


Athletics KS3/4 – MLD – 60m: Boys –Childwall Abbey, Girls Alt Bridge

Athletics KS3/4 – SLD – 60m: Sandfield Park

Athletics KS2 SLD – 60m: Bluebell Park

Athletics KS3/4 – MLD – Long jump: Alt Bridge

Athletics KS3/4 – SLD – Long jump: Bluebell Park

Athletics KS2 SLD – Long Jump: Bluebell Park

Athletics KS3/4 – MLD – Turbo Javelin: Alt Bridge

Athletics KS3/4 – SLD – Turbo Javelin: Bluebell Park

Bean Bag Target: Sandfield Park

Ramp Ball Target: Sandfield Park

Basketball KS3/4: Alt Bridge A & Alt Bridge

Boccia – PAN: Knowsley Central E

Football KS3/4 – MLD: Alt Bridge A

Football KS3/4 – SLD: Merefield A

Football KS2 – MLD: Knowsley Central

New Age Kurling – Primary: Knowsley Central D

New Age Kurling – Secondary: Knowsley Central B

Wheelchair Basketball: Alt Bridge

Polybat: Sandfield Park

England Manager Gareth Southgate congratulates Greenbank Disability FC on their funding success

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Greenbank Disability FC is celebrating after being awarded a £4,500 Grow the Game grant, something that has attracted praise from England Manager Gareth Southgate.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football across Merseyside, has paved the way for Greenbank Disability FC to develop 3 new football teams, 2 ambulant and 1 Power chair team. The teams will all be open aged to encourage all disabled people to come and join the squads. We will qualify 3 new coaches through our local Football Association to train each squad and will enter the teams into county, regional and National competitions when appropriate.

England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said:

“I am so pleased that Greenbank Disability FC has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with Liverpool County FA and the Football Foundation to get more local people playing football so that they can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport.

Grow the Game is mainly funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. This is money that is flowing from the very top of the game down to the lowest levels, to help clubs at the grassroots to bear the cost of starting up a new team, whether it be for a new kit, pitch hire or sending volunteers on FA accredited coaching courses.”

Grow the Game is a £2.5m programme funded by The FA and the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

£1,500 is available to help FA-affiliated clubs with the cost of creating a new team, which might include the cost FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit & equipment.

Steve Sullivan, Sports Development Officer said:

“This funding will provide so many opportunities for disabled people in Merseyside to engage in quality football sessions and play in competitive football on a weekly basis. We will have 3 newly qualified coaches to support the sessions and manage the teams when they participate in competitions. Teams will have new equipment and kit which will give them a sense of pride in their team and who they represent.”

grow the game 2017 logo

College Cup Competition 2017

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Greenbank Sports Academy was the venue for the Liverpool County FA’s College Cup Competition 2017 which included teams from Carmel, Hugh Baird, Greenbank and Riverside Colleges playing for 3 trophies.

The Premier League trophy was won by Hugh Baird (2) after beating rivals Hugh Baird (1) by 3 goals to nil.


Greenbank Academy were the victors in the Championship after beating Carmel College (1), 3 goals to nil.

The League 1 Cup was taken home by Carmel after a thrilling final went to a penalty decider – Carmel eventually beat Greenbank College 3 v 1.

Mark Horlick, LCFA Disability Football Development Officer said:

“The College Cup Competition offers teams a great end of league finale following on from a successful season.

Thanks to all teams involved and we look forward to the first fixture of the 2017/18 season on 29th November.”


Merseyside Ability Counts College League 2016/17

Friday, June 16th, 2017
Hugh Baird Premier League Winners

Premier League winners, Hugh Baird 1

The final fixture of the 2016/17 season of the Merseyside Ability Counts College League took place at Greenbank Sports Academy on Wednesday 14th June 2017.

In the Premier League, close rivals Hugh Baird 1 and Greenbank United battled it out for top of the table glory with Hugh Baird the eventual champions, with a one point lead, topping the league on 28 points.

Riverside College1 won the Championship League with 12 points losing only one match all season. Runners up were Greenbank Academy who finished on 9 points.

In League One, Greenbank College finished top on 24 points, 11 points clear of nearest rivals Carmel College, who were second on 13 points.

Mark Horlick, LCFA Disability Football Development Officer said:

“Congratulations to all of the teams involved and especially the three league winners.

All of the teams have helped to make it a great season – well done and thank you to all players, volunteers and referees for their continued help and support.”