Archive for July 2017

Academy staff member is a bronze medal winning coach

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Pictured L to R: Pete Wyman, Isaac Towers & Ste Hoskins

Greenbank’s Sports Development Coordinator / Foundation Degree Tutor, Peter Wyman became a bronze medal winning coach when Knowsley Challenge Wheelchair Racing Club athlete Isaac Towers won bronze for Great Britain at the World Para Athletics Championships in London on 20th July.

The 18-year-old wheelchair racer, powered through from the back of the field, accelerating superbly on the home straight to bronze medal position in the T34 800m in at the London Stadium.

Pete, who coaches Isaac at weekly training sessions at Sefton Park near Greenbank Sports Academy, as well as on the track at Kirkby stadium said:

“Isaac, who reached the final of this two-lap event in last year’s Rio Paralympics, proved he is learning from his big-race experience. He kept a cool head, when in last place after 400m, pacing himself patiently before a power-packed surge for the line which took him past GB team-mate Ben Rowlings. He should be congratulated for a brilliant performance.”

Also, competing at the Championships, in the T54 200m and 400m was Knowsley Challenge Wheelchair Racing Club team mate, Nathan Maguire, who achieved a personal best time in the 200m.

Nathan combines his athletics career with studying  Fda Inclusive Sport Development degree at Greenbank College which is offered in partnership with LJMU.

Choices for Disability Sport Awards 2017

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Club of the Year SAVI members with Paul & Joanne Marshall

Our annual Choices for Disability Sport Awards were held at Greenbank Sports Academy on 8th July.

Greenbank Sport Development Manager Mark Palmer commented:

“It’s so important to recognise the contribution that all our stakeholders; participants, volunteers, coaches, schools and clubs make to the success of sport development activities at Greenbank Sports Academy.

These awards are about gathering people together, giving recognition and saying thank you to all those involved in a successful year.”

He added:

“The awards would not have been possible with without the support of Liverpool John Moores University, Deloitte, Prokill, Cyclone Technology, Marshall and Booker.“

The award winners were:

Spirit of Sport Award – Brian Peacock

Coach of the Year – Matthew Cliff (SAVI)

Club of the Year – SAVI Northwest

Volunteer of the Year – Gerry and Anne Kinsella (Liverpool Greenbank Wheelchair Basketball Club)

Senior Sportsperson of the Year –  Abdi Jama (Wheelchair Basketball)

Young Sports Person of the Year – Alex Waring (Power Football and Power Hockey)

Hub Centre Participant of the Year – Will Junaid (Halton Hub)

Primary School of the Year – Knotty Ash School

Secondary School of the Year – Merefield School

Greenbank Student of the Year – Ethan Simpson




Merseyside Open Boccia Tournament 2017

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

BG6 winner Rachael Lambert

Fifty-five competitors from across the country took part in the Merseyside Open Boccia Tournament at Greenbank Sports Academy on 9th July.

Organiser Steve Sullivan said:

“The standard of play has improved again this year which is testament to all the work players, coaches and support staff have done in getting players prepared for the event.

A huge thank you to referees/volunteers who did an excellent job to help the tournament run so smoothly and efficiently and to Mark Palmer who organised the results table so professionally.

To encourage further development of Boccia we have a team event for players with a disability on Saturday 21st October 2017 and a BC3 pairs competition on the same day at Greenbank Sports Academy.

We will look forward to see so many talented athletes participating again; the entry form will be sent to club managers/coaches and will also be available on our website  in due course.”



Winner – Richard Armstrong (Knights Birmingham)


Winner – Amy Darlow (Sheffield)


Winner – Craig Williams (Sheffield)


Winner – Pablo Rees (Greenbank Giants)


Winner  – Leslie Martin (Sheffield)


Winner – Rachael Lambert (Blackpool)


Winner  – Nathan Smith (East Midlands)

Greenbank Team Boccia 2017

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Four local teams; MPower People, Bewley Drive, Greenbank Giants and Bidston Bullets took part in an exciting and entertaining Team Boccia 2017 event at Greenbank Sports Academy on 30th June 2017. Greenbank Giants were victorious in the final, beating Bidston Bullets 5 v 2

Sport Development Officer Steve Sullivan said:

“Many thanks to all the students from Greenbank Sports Academy who organised the event and officiated to such a high standard under the guidance of their tutor John Cole.

Thanks also to the staff from the Resource Centres and Clubs for their hard work training the competitors to such a good standard and ensuring that the players enjoyed the event.”