Greenbank Timeline 1982 - 2018

January 2018

Greenbank College provision judged as ‘Good’ , across all areas, by Ofsted.


Ofsted Good Provider

December 2017

Retirement of Greenbank’s founder, Gerry Kinsella as Chief Executive Officer and appointment of Mary Beaumont as his successor.

April 2017

Greenbank helps people to get online as a delivery partner of the Include-IT Mersey project.

April 2017

Greenbank helps people to get online as a delivery partner of the Include-IT Mersey project.

June 2015

Greenbank College hold Hair Show at the Museum of Liverpool.

Greenbank College Hair Show at Museum of Liverpool

April 2014

Sport England Hub funding – develop provision to community locations.

September 2013

Addition of new Health & Social Care Department as part of the training provision at Greenbank College.

Health and Social Care Student


Launch of the Ambition programme (a personalised support programme for young people who are NEET) in partnership with VOLA Merseyside.

Ambition Programme

June 2013

Official opening of Wooden Spoon Multi-Sports Room at Academy by England and GB Rugby League player, Paul Wellens.


Greenbank Sports Academy benefits from increased coverage of disability sport via London 2012 Olympics and secures a 3 year funding package from The James’s Place Foundation to finance the Choices for Disability Sport Programme.

Choices Boccia Club

February 2011

Opening of Salon HQ.


NEET programme funding to support young people not in education, employment or training from Greenbank College.


Greenbank turns 25.


Greenkbank College starts to focus on linking study with employment through programmes including Routeways, Ready for Work and Future Jobs Fund


Funding changes mean that Greenbank College can now develop and offer courses to 16 to 18 year olds.

November 2004

Official re-opening of Greenbank College by disabled artist Alison Lapper.


Greenbank Sports Academy organises an International Road Race on Wheels – wheelchair racing, rollerblading and handcycling in Sefton Park.

Liverpool Road Race


£2.4 million funding secured from National Lottery Charities Board, European Regional Development Fund, North West Development Fund and charitable trusts to refurbish Greenbank’s training building.

September 1999

Official opening of Greenbank Sports Academy by HRH Princess Anne.

Princess Anne officially opening Greenbank Sports Academy


With plans for a restaurant in its new sports centre, the Smithdown Road complex closes.


Construction starts on Greenbank Sports Academy.

Aerial view of builing of Greenbank Sports Academy


Graphic Solutions Print Shop opens at Smithdown Road Complex.



Greenbank secures funding from Sport England towards the construction of a Sports Academy for disabled people.


Big Push 2 – Vincent Ross and Gerry Kinsella push a tandem wheelchair from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for the construction of a sports and independent living centre (it was to take a further 10 years to realise this dream).



The opening of the Smithdown Road Complex including a Vegetarian Restaurant, Whole Food and Craft Shop to continue the concept of linking learning and work.



Greenbank purchased its premises on Greenbank Lane.


Consortium of Co-operatives established and premises secured in Edwards Lane, Speke to combine skills training with the practical construction and sale of products including wheelchairs (Chevron) and print services.


Greenbank starts to offer training courses for disabled and non-disabled students.


September 1983

The official opening of Greenbank’s renovated building by Mr BL Rathbone.

February 1983

The Greenbank Project registered as a charity and became a legal entity.

December 1982

Permission given by Liverpool City Council and the Rathbone family to make the former Children’s School of Rest and Recovery building on Greenbank Lane ‘fit for purpose’ for use by the new organisation.

September 1982

Gerry Kinsella pushed his wheelchair 874 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise £30,000 which enabled plans to move forward.

February 1982

A public meeting held for disabled people to establish service priorities and a steering group for a new organisation.