Power Football Tournament is a platform for disability sports being developed by Greenbank Sports Academy

Power Football teams competing

The Kick it Out Power Football Tournament took place on Thursday 8 November at Greenbank Sports Academy. After some fast and furious games, St George’s Knights were unbeaten against the Greenbank and Greenbank Development teams. However, they weren’t so lucky in the demonstration game of Power Hockey, a new disability sport currently being developed at Greenbank Sports Academy, and were beaten by Greenbank. Winners were presented awards by Shane Parkes of North West Training Council and Lawrence Brown, Green Party Councillor for Greenbank Ward.

Power Football Winners, St George’s Knights

Greenbank Power Hockey Team winners

People from a cross section of Sporting Bodies, Community Groups, and sports fans were invited to come along to watch the action together with some of our funders who have helped fund our disability sport development programme including Steve Morgan Foundation, Variety North West and Kick it Out.

Gosia McHale from Steve Morgan Foundation said: “I really enjoyed attending the power football tournament. It was so good to see the pleasure the games gave to the young people. I hope it grows and gives opportunities to more and more young people.”

Neil Peterson – Managing Director of Inside Track said: “Thanks for a very inspirational session yesterday. Really enjoyed it.”

Activity Alliance Chair, Sam Orde commented: “Seeing Greenbank and hearing about its activities and plans is interesting and inspiring.  I wish you all the best with both Greenbank and Power Hockey.”

The afternoon games were opened by The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson. Ron Odunaiya, Executive Director Community Services – Liverpool City Council also came to watch the lively games.

Power Football Team with some of the attendees

Back L-R: Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, with Gosia McHale, Steve Morgan Foundation and Greenbank CEO Mary Beaumont Front L-R: William Shortall – Greenbank Trustee with the St George’s Knights team.

 

Representatives from North West Training Council also attended. They have been instrumental, with help from Jaguar Land Rover apprentices, in contributing to the design and production of the new Power Sports chairs that enable more disabled people to take part in these exciting sports.

The tournament was arranged as part of the Liverpool Journey to Justice campaign and was a chance for Greenbank Sports Academy to show their passion and contribution to delivering inclusive physical activities to disabled residents of Liverpool.

The event was supported by Kick it Out, Steve Morgan Foundation and The Variety Club without whose help the event would not be possible. Thanks also go to all the volunteers who helped at the event to make it a great success and to Zut Media who filmed the event.

 

Power Football and Power Hockey Photo Gallery

Friday, November 16th, 2018