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St James’s Place Foundation give their continued support throughout 2015

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Paralympians Abdi Jama (centre) and Roy Turnham (2nd right) support the Choices Programme

Paralympians Abdi Jama (centre) and Roy Turnham (2nd right) support the Choices Programme

We are delighted to have secured the continued support of St James’s Place Foundation throughout 2015. Their £50,000 grant provides us with the funds to continue to offer 16 sports activity sessions per week at Greenbank Sports Academy, including boccia, wheelchair handball and basketball, cycling, table tennis and multi-sports, for disabled people aged 8 and above.

Sport Development Manager Mark Palmer said “The St James’s Place Foundation started to fund the ‘Choices for Disability Sport’ programme at the Academy in 2012, when we were selected nationally as one of their seven ‘Sport for Good’ projects. The security of this core funding has made such a difference to the range and variety of sports and activities that we can offer. We are extremely grateful to The St James’s Place Foundation for continuing to support us in this way and allowing us to offer sporting opportunity for local people. I would encourage disabled people to make the most of what’s on offer and get involved in an activity of their choice, visit for more information and contacts”.

The St. James’s Place Foundation Manager Mark Longbottom added: ‘We are thrilled to continue to support the fantastic work of Greenbank’s. Choices programme which offers tremendous sporting opportunity to disabled young people in Liverpool and the surrounding area and we are proud to be able to extend this partnership.’

From 2012 to September 2014 the Choices Programme achieved its four aims:

  • Giving disabled people the right to choose which sports they play – 10 disability sports are now offered via clubs and sessions at the Academy
  • Organising a regional multi-sport event – Choices NW Regional Games held in 2013 and 2014, with more than 180 disabled participants
  • Offering training for coaches and teachers of disability sport – 190 people have received training through the programme
  • Providing a first class facility for disability sport

This work can now continue throughout 2015 thanks to The St James’s Place Foundation.

Deloitte Liverpool support this years Choices Christmas Party

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Santa visits guests at the Choices Party

Santa visits guests at the Choices Party

A huge thank you to staff at Deloitte’s Liverpool office for supporting the Christmas Party organised for the children who have taken part in disability sports activities as part of the Choices Programme, during the year,

Thanks to Deloitte we were able to offer the children a fabulous party including games, party food and a gift from Santa.

Deloitte’s Community Investment representative for the Liverpool office said “It was great to see the children having such a good time and we were delighted to be involved”.

New minibus donated by ERS Medical will help support more people to access disability sport across Merseyside

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

We are delighted to accept the generous donation of a minibus from private ambulance company ERS Medical.

The vehicle was officially presented to Greenbank on 17 December by Sam Parry, General Manager (North) for ERS Medical.

Gerry Kinsella, Greenbank’s Chief Executive, said, “The minibus will provide much needed support and enables disabled people to access sport and training opportunities. It is also used to transport specialist equipment such as sports wheelchairs to venues across Merseyside, where we deliver community sessions. We are extremely grateful to ERS Medical for their generosity.”

Sam Parry, ERS Medical’s General Manager, said, “We’re delighted to support the great work done by Greenbank. The wheelchair-friendly vehicle, previously used by ERS Medical to transport non-emergency patients, has been adapted to cater to Greenbank’s requirements by adding in more seating and brand new vehicle graphics.”

Sam added, “Additionally, as Greenbank transport their “power hockey” chairs across the community enabling more disabled children to access the sport, the vehicle is perfectly suited to accommodate that too.”

Greenbank’s Chief Executive Gerry Kinsella, (third from the right) together with Sport Development Manager Mark Palmer (far right) and participants of disability sports activities, accept the vehicle from ERS Medical representatives Sam Parry and Stephen Sullivan

Greenbank’s Chief Executive Gerry Kinsella, (third from the right) together with Sport Development Manager Mark Palmer (far right) and participants of disability sports activities, accept the vehicle from ERS Medical representatives Sam Parry and Stephen Sullivan

Jaguar Land Rover Higher Level Apprentices provide engineering support to Greenbank Sports Academy

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014


Thanks to Jaguar Land Rover’s Higher Level Apprentices for providing engineering support to Greenbank Sports Academy on an ongoing basis.

Today, 4 of the apprentices; Rob Hall, Tom Starkey, Daniel Davies and Ashleigh Milburn have been repairing and servicing wheelchairs and cycles used for the many disability sports activities on offer at the Academy.

Ashleigh Milburn said “It’s great to be involved with Greenbank and to use the skills gained through my apprenticeship to benefit local disabled people. The jobs that I have been involved with have also helped me to develop”.

Pete Wyman, Sport Development Officer at Greenbank added “It’s fantastic to have the help and support of skilled workers provided by Jaguar Land Rover, to do jobs that we would otherwise find expensive to do. It is really beneficial and much appreciated”.

Children in Need grant enables Greenbank Sports Academy to offer low cost Rebound Therapy sessions to disabled children

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

We have secured funding from Children in Need to offer low cost Rebound Therapy sessions for disabled children aged 8 to 18 at Greenbank Sports Academy.

Rebound Therapy uses a trampoline to enable participants to take part in exercise and have fun, under the supervision of a qualified instructor.

Instructor Emmet O’Neill said “Sessions offer a great opportunity for disabled children to take part in an out of school activity, make new friends and improve their health and fitness through exercise. We currently have places available and it would be great to welcome some new children.”

Rebound Therapy is part of the Choices for Disability Sport programme – see for further details on sessions.

Power Hockey Players Delighted with People’s Postcode Trust Donation

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


The Academy was recently awarded £15,000 by People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The grant meant that we could purchase 6 specialist electric wheelchairs, which will be used by disabled children to play power hockey.

Power hockey offers severely disabled children the opportunity to take part in competitive sport and the unique chair design, complete with ball firing mechanism, has been developed by Greenbank, Jaguar Land Rover and North West Training Council over the past 10 years.

Power Hockey player, Liam Triggs, aged 10 said;

“I love coming to play power hockey at Greenbank every Wednesday. The chairs are really fast and help me to take part in sport, just like other children. I’ve made lots of new friends and it’s really good fun”

Sports Coach James Dixon added

“It’s really important that disabled children get the same opportunities as others to take part in sport and power hockey means that they can. The chairs are expensive to make and we need support to buy them. We really appreciate the help from players of People’s Postcode Lottery for funding another six of them”.

Greenbank Sports Academy set to receive Sport England funding to develop disability sport on Merseyside

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014


Staff at Greenbank Sports Academy are celebrating after being told that they will receive a 3 year funding package of £318,000 from Sport England to develop disability sports provision across Merseyside over the next 3 years. Choices for Disability Sport Merseyside will build on the success of the Choices programme that has been run in Greenbank Sports Academy since 2012*.

The project will establish six new disability sports hubs at Kirby High School, Lansbury Bridge Sports College, Croxteth Sport and Wellbeing Centre, Woodchurch Sports College, North West Spinal Injuries Centre Southport and Cronton College. Sports on offer will include Table Tennis, Football, Hockey, Basketball, Boccia, Rugby League and Handball.

Project leader Pete Wyman said “This is fantastic news! At Greenbank Sports Academy we understand the issues that prevent disabled people from taking part in sport.  Where possible we use disabled staff as coaches and have the appropriate equipment and knowledge to enable disabled people to reach their sporting potential. Choices for Disability Sport Merseyside will allow us to offer our specialist service, not just within our own Sports Academy but within other local communities. This will give more disabled people an opportunity to get involved in sport”.

Sport England Director of Insight, Lisa O’Keefe, said: “We are delighted to be able to help Greenbank Sports Academy provide more opportunities for disabled people to give sport a go. Record numbers of disabled people now play sport and it’s thanks to clubs like this that we can continue to improve opportunities and make a real difference in communities.”

The number of disabled people playing sport regularly is on the rise. In December 2013, Sport England’s Active People Survey – an annual, in-depth measure of the nation’s sporting habits – revealed that a record number of disabled people in England now play sport each week. However, non-disabled people are still twice as likely to play sport as disabled people (39.2 per cent compared to 18.5 per cent) which is why Sport England continues to focus attention and investment to address this imbalance.

*Choices for Disability Sport at Greenbank Sports Academy has been funded by St James’s Place Foundation since 2012. The project has successfully established a wide range of disability sports clubs and activities. Details at

Sport England

Happy childhood memories prompt charitable donation

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

marjoriewhiteWidower James White always remembered his wife Marjorie (nee McNamee) speaking fondly about childhood days in the 1950’s spent at The Children’s Rest School of Recovery, on Greenbank Lane, Liverpool 17.

About 15 years ago, they re-visited the building, now occupied by Greenbank College, to have a look around. This visit has stayed in James’ mind, particularly since his wife’s death a number of years ago.

Recently, James’ daughter Linda decided to make items such as cards to sell to family and friends to raise money to support a local charity. This has meant that Lynda and James were able to make a donation to support Greenbank.

Marketing Manager Elizabeth Brocklehurst commented “It is lovely to find out about former pupils of Children’s Rest School of Recovery, particularly to hear that Marjorie was so happy here. It is very kind of James and Linda to want to support the charity that is now in the building attended by Marjorie. This kind of support is needed help us to continue with our work to help disabled and the local community”



3 Peaks Challenge Success!

Friday, July 19th, 2013

3 Peaks Challenge-web

Congratulations and thank you to the team of 14 people that took part in the 3 Peaks Challenge from 6 – 7 July and raised over £4000 to support activities for disabled people at Greenbank.

David Stanistreet, Kevin Wishart, Dan Squire, Simon McConville, Carl Parletti, Pete Wyman, Sean Bradley, Kostadino Zounis, Lindsey Kinsella, Rachel Kinsella, Paul Stanton, Andrew Cook, Adam Sadiq and Nick Harry climbed to the summit of Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (England) and Snowdon (Wales) within 24 hours.

Thanks also to back up volunteers / drivers  Phil Christopherson, Bill Stanistreet and Pete Inman.

The team are already planning their next challenge for 2014  ‘The Welsh 3000s’ (to climb to the top of all 15 of the mountains over 3,000ft in Wales, within the space of 24 hours)

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Taking on the 3 Peaks Challenge to raise money for Greenbank

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

A group of 14 people have decided to take part in the 3 Peaks Challenge on 6 and 7 July to help raise funds for activities for disabled people run by the Greenbank Project Charity. The challenge consists of climbing 3 mountains – one each in England, Scotland and Wales – all within 24 hours!

The people taking part are David Stanistreet, Kevin Wishart Dan Squire, Simon McConville, Carl Paletti, Pete Wyman, Sean Bradley, Kostadino Zounis aka Dino, Lindsey Kinsella, Rachel Kinsella, Paul Stanton, Andrew Cook, Adam Sadiq and Nick Harry. Phil Christopherson and Narashe Christopherson will be supporting those taking part and Bill Stanistreet and Peter Inman are the designated drivers.

Good luck to you all!

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