Archive for October 2018

Proud to be a part of the Special Olympics GB 2021

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Liverpool is to host the Special Olympics GB Summer Games in 2021 and we are delighted to be a part of it as one of the host venues. It will not only be the biggest multi-sport tournament the city has ever staged, but also the UK’s biggest disability sports event of 2021.

Over 2,000 athletes will take part in a wide range of sports including Athletics, Boccia, Football as well as the Motor Activities Training Programme for people with multiple cognitive disabilities. Other venues who will host the games include Wavertree Athletics Village and ACC Liverpool.

A spectacular opening and closing ceremony at Sefton Park and Echo Arena Liverpool will also trigger a major cultural programme for the games – with a major legacy plan set to include a festival and a new Intellectual Disability Forum.

This is a fantastic opportunity to further promote the importance of giving disabled people the chance to compete at a national level. Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said “these games will be a true celebration of disability sport.”

Greenbank Chief Executive, Mary Beaumont said “Greenbank has been at the forefront of disability sports for years and we’re absolutely delighted the games are coming to Liverpool, the games provide a fantastic opportunity to do even more to promote participation in sport.”

A major legacy programme is also being devised to follow the games, with Liverpool City Council set to expand sport training and competition programme in the region with a number of partners.

Around 1.5 million people in the UK (2% of the population) have an intellectual disability. Special Olympics GB’s National Summer Games is the showpiece domestic event every four years for the organisation and its athletes.

The games will be held in Liverpool from Tuesday 3rd August until Saturday 7th August 2021.


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Disabled school children from across Merseyside take part in the Panathlon Schools Dodgeball Tournament

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Dodgeball Team from Alt Bridge

The Panathlon Schools Dodgeball tournament, held at Greenbank Sports Academy on Thursday 11 October, brought together 83 children from 7 schools across Merseyside. The tournament was held as part of the Merseyside Schools Disability events programme which gives disabled children the opportunity to take part in competitive sport .

Winners on the day included Crosby High (Sefton) in the Advanced Division, Alt Bridge A (Knowsley) in the Intermediate Division and Sandfield Park A (Liverpool) in the novice Division.

The event could not have been such a success if it wasn’t for the help of students from Greenbank College and LJMU foundation degree together with Greenbank Sports Academy Empower coaches. They all worked hard to ensure the event ran smoothly.

The event was funded by Panathlon.

Novice Final B Division

Winners:                        Merefield A

Runners up:                  Merefield B


Novice Final A Division

Winners:                        Sandfield Park A

Runners up:                  Sandfield Park B


Intermediate Division

Winners:                        Alt Bridge A

Runners up:                  Alt bridge B

3rdPlace:                       Lansbury Bridge

4thPlace:                       Knowsley Central B


Advanced Division

Winners:                        Crosby High

Runners up:                  Knowsley Central A

3rdPlace:                       Knowsley Central C

4thPlace:                       Clare Mount

Merseyside schools battle it out at the first Power Hockey Tournament of the academic year

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

The first Panathlon Power Hockey Tournament of the academic year took place on Monday 8 October 2018. 33 children from schools across Merseyside took part in this exciting event. Broadgreen International School (Liverpool) achieved gold as the Division 1 winners narrowly defeating Sandfield Park A team 3 – 1. It was a very close game between the Division 2 finalists Merefield A and Sandfield Park B (Liverpool) who were the eventual Gold winners with a score of 3 – 2.

Steve Sullivan said “Congratulations to all those who took part during the day and to Greenbank Sports Academy staff and volunteers who ensured it was an enjoyable event. Many thanks to Panathlon Challenge for providing resources to fund for the event.”


Division 1                                                Division 2

Lansbury Bridge                                         Merefield A

Broadgreen IS                                             Merefield B

Sandfield Park A                                         Sandfield Park B



Lansbury Bridge     0          v          2          Broadgreen IS

Sandfield Park A     0          v          1          Broadgreen IS

Merefield B              0          v          3          Sandfield Park B

Merefield A              1          v          1          Sandfield Park B

Lansbury Bridge     0          v          4          Sandfield Park A

Lansbury Bridge      1          v          2          Merefield B


Division 1 Final

Broadgreen IS         3          v          1          Sandfield Park A


Division 2 Final

Sandfield Park B     3          v          2          Merefield A

Panathlon Challenge Swimming Gala helps low ability swimmers gain confidence

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Winning Team from Merefield celebrating their win

38 disabled children took part in the Panathlon Swimming Gala held at Lansbury Bridge School on Thursday 4 October 2018. The event was open to low ability swimmers or non-swimmers to encourage their confidence and swimming ability in a fun competition which included raft races, treasure hunts and relay races.

The overall winners were Merefield School from Sefton who overcame Chestnut Lodge School (Halton) by 3 points. Other schools who participated were Sandfield Park (Liverpool), Woodchurch High School (Wirral) and Lansbury Bridge School (St Helens).

The event was funded by Panathlon Challenge and supported by Greenbank Sports Academy staff and volunteers.

A huge thank you to Lansbury Bridge School for providing the pool and being so hospitable on the day.


Sefton 1
Halton 2
Liverpool 3
Wirral 4
St Helens 5