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Greenbank Sports Academy Reopening Update

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

Since lockdown began in March 2020, Greenbank has spent the time refurbishing the old accommodation block. This work is now complete and Greenbank has a beautiful conference and hotel training suite, now known as the Kinsella Suite. We have four en-suite bedrooms and two small to medium sized conference rooms that will be available for hire.

With the Kinsella Suite as our gold standard, we are currently refurbishing part of the Sports Academy to match it. The Sports Academy will remain closed while this work is taking place. So far we have completely replaced the floor in the Sports Hall and over the next few weeks work will start on the refurbishment of the toilet areas.

We would like to thank our customers for their patience while this work is ongoing, and let you know that we are very much looking forward to reopening our doors to you soon and welcoming back all our existing and new customers to our 21st century Greenbank Sports Academy, Conference Centre and Time Out Café.

In the meantime, we send our very best wishes to all our customers and ask that you watch this space for further updates.

We want your opinion

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

We value all our customers so we want to ensure that we can keep you safe when we re-open. To help us understand how we can best meet your needs once Lockdown eases and allows us to open our doors to you, we would appreciate if you could take a few minutes to give us your views in our short survey.

Thank you for your participation!

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Important information for our customers

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Update: 14 April 2020, 14.47pm

Greenbank Sports Academy remains closed as part of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For any information on bookings, activities or if you have concerns about the welfare of any of our facility users, please call Mark Palmer on 07576 275 846 or email
You can also contact us on Facebook or Twitter where you can also find lots of videos on how to keep fit as well as challenges and resources to help you whilst we are all in lockdown and self-isolation. Please follow us to keep updated.

Update: 26 March 2020, 10.48am

Gym Membership Fees
If you pay your gym membership fees by direct debit, your payments will be frozen whilst we are closed .

If you have paid you gym membership fees in full, we will add on the additional months once we re-open to ensure you get your full period of membership with us.

Any questions please email


Update: 20 March 2020, 5.23pm

In light of the ongoing coronavirus situation, as of 20th March 2020, Greenbank Sports Academy will be temporarily closed until further notice. We will keep all members and service users informed via our website and social media. Any queries regarding bookings and memberships contact:

Further announcements will be announced next week.


Update: 19 March 2020, 10.40am

  • Our Inclusive Sport and Activity sessions have been cancelled until further notice.
  • Rebound Therapy 1 to 1 sessions are still available to book.
  • Rebound Therapy on Mondays and Wednesdays will go ahead.
  • Cycling on Wednesdays and Saturdays will go ahead.
  • The Kid’s Club on Mondays and Wednesdays will go ahead.
  • Greenbank Fitness Circuit sessions will go ahead.

Dear Customers

I write to you today in regard to the current situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). I wanted to reassure you of the precautions that we are taking here at Greenbank:

  • We have installed additional hand sanitiser points
  • We are actively encouraging students and staff throughout the day, to wash their hands and use the hand sanitiser around the Academy
  • We are asking any customers who displays any symptoms of COVID-19 to self-isolate, the guidance now states for 14 days for the whole household
  • We have increased our daily cleaning routines particularly focusing on door handles, Gym equipment and frequently touched areas to minimise risk.

We are following the government advice and guidance and will continue to do so, however the advice is being updated daily. Please see the links below for the latest information and advice:

We will also update our website, Facebook and Twitter pages in regards to how government guidance impacts the Academy. Please check these regularly.

We ask that any customers showing symptoms do not come into the Academy and self-isolate for 14 days.

At this current moment, the Academy is open and will continue to be until we are directed otherwise by government advice or Public Health England.

I hope that this provides some reassurance, during these uncertain times.

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely,

Mary Beaumont

Chief Executive 

Disability Sport and Physical Activity Awards 2019 Nominees and Award Winners

Monday, July 15th, 2019

The Annual Disability Sport & Activity Awards took place on Friday 12 July 2019 at Greenbank Sports Academy. The awards celebrate a year of inclusive sport and activity at Greenbank and throughout Merseyside.

Nominees and winners were:

Club of the Year

Greenbank Giants Boccia Club

Greenbank Powerchair Football Club – Winner


Senior Sportsperson of the Year

Joel Murphy (Boccia)

Caroline Robinson (Boccia)

Marcus Harrison (Powerchair Football) – Winner

Emma Foulkes (Powerchair Football and Boccia)


Young Sportsperson of the Year

Isaac Blackman (Boccia)

Sam Vaughan (Taekwondo – Clare Mount Student) – Winner

Esme Cotton (Equestrian Clare Mount Student)

Sally Garster (Saturday Club)

Katona (Saturday Club)

James (Saturday Club)

Jacob (Saturday Club)


Volunteer of the Year

Matthew Finnegan (Activity sessions and events)

Mark Bedford (Boccia) – Winner

John Smith (Power Football)

Winnie Cork (Boccia)

Adam Edwards (Events)

Sophie Coyne (Activity sessions and events)

Jan Hepner (Saturday Club / Empower Driver)


Spirit of Sport Award

Ramesh Sharma (Boccia)

Mark Rowland (powerchair hockey/boccia) – Winner

Lindsey Gallagher (Boccia)

All Parents of Saturday Club


Partner Organisation of the Year

Oakfield Day Service

Mencap Liverpool – Winner

Brother of Charity

Options for supported living


Coach of the Year

Pablo Rees (Boccia)

Gerry Kinsella (Power Football) – Winner


School of the Year

Sandfield Park

Knowsley Central – Winner

Knotty Ash School


Gym Member of the Year

Steve Smith

Alan Dunn – Winner


Panathlon Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award

Adam Rollason (Ten Pin Bowling)


Thank you to our award night sponsors Deloitte Liverpool, Panathlon Challenge and Marshall’s Housing.

Thanks to KCC Live, Dan Spelman, Daisy Gill and Wheelchair Basketball Paralympian Abdi Jama for assisting on the night.

Finally, thank you to all the participants, coaches, clubs, schools, volunteers, staff, parents, funders and supporters. Let’s keep working to promote inclusive sport and physical activity.

If you are interested in trying Inclusive Sport and Activity opportunities then take a look at our weekly activity programme.

Greenbank Staff and volunteers will also be down at Liverpool One for Summer of Champions from 26th July doing various taster sessions. Come and see us every Friday from 12-4pm at Chavasse Park. More information can be viewed at:

Dodgeball Tournament

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Winning Team Knowsley Central

The biannual Dodgeball Tournament for Schools took place on Thursday 2 May at Greenbank Sports Academy. Eighty five pupils form seven schools came together to take part in this exciting game.

Pupils from Knowsley Central showed good form with Knowsley Central A winning the MLD Advanced section and Knowlsey Central C winning the MLD Interdermediate section. Cavendish High (Halton) won the intermediate PD/SLD Intermediate section and Merefield B won the Novice SLD section.

The days events were supported by students from Greenbank College, the Empower team and Panathlon Challenge who supplied staff, medals and certificates.

The tournament is part of the Merseyside Panathlon Schools Disability Events Programme that Greenbank Sports Academy host throughout the academic year. The competitions provide an opportunity for school pupils with physical disabilities and/or moderate / severe learning disabilities, to participate in competitive sports and promote inclusive sport in schools.

The results of the league were:

MLD Advanced Final

Knowsley Central A  3 v 2 Alt Bridge A

3rd / 4th place play off:

Knowsley Central B  3 v 2 Alt Bridge B


MLD Intermediate Final

Knowsley Central C  3 v 0 Lansbury Bridge

3rd / 4th place play off:

Sandfield Park A  3 v 1 Woodchurch High


PD/SLD Intermediate Final

Cavendish High  3 v 2 Merefield A

3rd place:

Palmerston A


Novice Section Final

Merefield B  3 v 0 Palmerston B

3rd place:

Sandfield Park B

Merseyside Schools take part in the PD/SLD Football Tournament

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Winning Team Sandfield Park A

Greenbank Sports Academy hosted the final football league date for pupils of Mersyside schools with physical disabilities (PD) and severe learning difficulties (SLD) on Friday 26 April. Over 250 children attended from 6 schools.

Lansbury Bridge B was a primary team so became automatic winners. Sandfield Park A won their last game 2 -1 against Palmerston A which clinched top spot. Sandfield Park C won their division having played more games than their F team who joined the league on second league date.

Congratulations to all those who took part, huge thanks to Mark Horlick from LCFA for funding the refs and court hire and to Panathlon Association for funding medals, certificates and staff at the events.

The results of the league were:

PD/SLD League Table

Pos Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points
1 Sandfield Park C 16 9 2 5 20
2 Sandfield Park F 10 8 1 1 17
3 Sandfield Park D 16 5 3 8 13
4 Woodchurch High 10 6 0 4 12
5 Sandfield Park E 16 3 1 12   6


SLD League Table – 1stDivision

Pos Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points
1 Sandfield Park A 10 6 3 1 15
2 Palmerston A 10 6 2 2 14
3 Broadgreen IS 10 2 2 6   6
4 Merefield A   6 0 1 5   1


SLD League Table – 2ndDivision

Pos Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points
1 Lansbury Bridge A 11   11 0 0 22
2 Palmerston B 11     4 1 6   9
3 Lansbury Bridge B 11     2 2 7   6
4 Merefield B   7     2 1 4   5

Sandfield Park A go unbeaten in the Wheelchair Handball Tournament

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Winning Team Sandfield Park A

35 children from 3 schools took part in the Wheelchair Handball event held on Monday 29th April. Sandfield Park A was the winner going unbeaten throughout the day. This was the first time some of these children had competed in a wheelchair event and they gave it their all.

Katy Calder from Merefield School said: “It was a great opportunity for the children to learn a new skill and compete in a friendly atmosphere.”

Many thanks to all the students from Greenbank College in supporting the event and to James Dixon who, together with his Empower Team, managed the event on the day. Thank you to Panathlon Association for their continued support with staff, medals and certificates.

The results of the league were:

Sandfield Park A 7 v 0 Sandfield Park B
Palmerston A 5 v 5 Palmerston B
Merefield 1 v 5 Sandfield Park A
Sandfield Park B 1 v 3 Palmerston A
Sandfield Park A 8 v 2 Palmerston B
Merefield 3 v 2 Sandfield Park B
Palmerston B 1 v 4 Merefield
Sandfield Park A 7 v 0 Palmerston A
Palmerston B 3 v 1 Sandfield Park B
Palmerston A 5 v 0 Merefield


3rd/4th place play off

Palmerston B 5 v 4 Palmerston A



Sandfield Park A 7 v 1 Merefield


Greenbank Open Boccia Tournament 2019

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Power wheelchair player taking part in the Boccia Tournament.

Greenbank Sports Academy welcomed disabled players from across England and Wales to the Greenbank Open Boccia Tournament 2019 on Sunday 20 January.

Winners on the day were:

BC1 Caroline Robinson (Greenbank Giants)

BC2 Amy Darlow (Sheffield)

BC3 Div 1 Rafael Young (Stockport)

BC3 Div 2 Craig Findley

BC5 Kyle Martin (Sheffield)

BC6 Mark Bedford (Greenbank Giants)

BG7 (Visually Impaired) Chris Huddersty (Blackpool)

BG8 Neil Pitchford (Telford)

Organiser Steve Sullivan said: Another highly entertaining Boccia event which provided players of all abilities the opportunity to compete against players from across the country. These tournaments are important for the development of the players and highlights the great work coaches are delivering within their clubs.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this event a huge success.

To encourage further development of Boccia, we have a Team Boccia Tournament for players with a disability on Sunday 17 March 2019 and a Merseyside Open Singles Boccia Tournament on Sunday 21 July 2019.

MLD Boys Football Tournament

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Greenbank Sports Academy hosted the MLD Boys Football Tournament on Friday 18 January 2019. The event involved approximately 48 children from school across Merseyside including Clare Mount, Woodchurch High, Alt Bridge, Knowsley Central and Childwall Abbey took part.

Congratulations to Knowsley Central B who won gold in the Key Stage 2 section, Clare Mount (Wirral) who won gold in KS3 section going unbeaten in all games and Alt Bridge B (Knowsley) who won the KS4 age group. Well done to everyone who took part.

Many thanks to referees from LCFA who ran the games so professionally and to Panathlon Association who provided certificates and medals for the day.


Years 7, 8, & 9

Clare Mount 7 0 Woodchurch High
Alt Bridge B 2 3 Childwall Abbey
Woodchurch High 0 4 Alt Bridge A
Alt Bridge B 3 2 Childwall Abbey
Woodchurch High 0 7 Knowsley Central B
Woodchurch High 0 3 Knowsley Central A

3rd/4thplace play – off

Knowsley Central A 3 1 Woodchurch High


Clare Mount 5 0 Alt Bridge B


Years 10 & 11

Knowsley Central A 0 6 Alt Bridge A
Knowsley Central B 1 5 Clare Mount
Knowsley Central A 0 6 Knowsley Central B
Clare Mount 5 1 Alt Bridge A
Alt Bridge B 2 6 Childwall Abbey
Alt Bridge A 3 1 Knowsley Central B
Clare Mount 7 0 Knowsley Central A


Alt Bridge B 4 1 Childwall Abbey


Merseyside schools come together to compete in the Key Stage 3 Ambulant Basketball Competition 2019

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Woodchurch High Ambulant Basketball Team

Approximately 58 children from Clare Mount, Alt Bridge, Merefield, Woodchurch High, Palmerston and Sandfield Park schools took part in the Key Stage 3 Ambulant Basketball Competition held at Greenbank Sports Academy Monday 14 January 2019.

Clare Mount A won the Advanced final with a score of 8 – 0 against Alt Bridge A. The winners of the Intermediate final were Clare Mount B who won 6 – 0 against Alt Bridge B. Palmerston B triumphed in the Novice B final against Sandfield Park B with a score of 14 – 0 and Woodchurch High were victors in the Novice A final against Merefield A scoring 8 – 4. Congratulations to all the winning teams.

Clare Mount School Ambulant Basketball TeamLiam Campbell, PE teacher from Palmerston School, Liverpool said “The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and were delighted they all got better the more they played and had more of an understanding of the rules and how to play as a team.”

Huge thank you to students and staff from Greenbank Sports Academy, referees from Liverpool Basketball Club and to Panathlon Association for providing resources to support the event.



Advanced/Intermediate Teams

 Alt Bridge A  2 4 Clare Mount A
Clare Mount B 8 0 Alt Bridge B
Clare Mount A 6 0 Alt Bridge B
Clare Mount B 0 8 Alt Bridge A
Clare Mount A 12 2 Clare Mount B
Alt Bridge A 8 2 Alt Bridge B
Clare Mount A 8 4 Alt Bridge A
Clare Mount B 2 0 Alt Bridge B
Clare Mount A 10 2 Alt Bridge B
Clare Mount B 2 2 Alt Bridge A
Clare Mount A 6 4 Clare Mount B
Alt Bridge A 6 2 Alt Bridge B
B Final
Clare Mount B 6 0 Alt Bridge B
A Final
Clare Mount A 8 4 Alt Bridge A


Novice Teams

Merefield B 0 8 Palmerston B
Merefield A 2 0      Woodchurch High
Palmerston A 8 2 Sandfield Park A
Merefield B 2 2 Sandfield Park  B
Merefield A 8 4 Palmerston  A
Palmerston B 14 2 Sandfield Park  B
Woodchurch High 6 0 Sandfield Park A
Merefield B 0 8 Palmerston B
Merefield A 6 0 Sandfield Park A
Sandfield Park B 0 14 Palmerston  B
Woodchurch High 4 4 Palmerston A
Sandfield Park B 8 0 Merefield B

3rd/4th Place Play-off

Sandfield Park A 0 8 Palmerston A

Novice B Final

Palmerston B 14 0 Sandfield Park B

Novice A Final

Woodchurch High 8 4 Merefield A