A bright start to the day, on Saturday, meant we were looking to do some football outside in the sunshine but, just as we were about to start, it started to rain. So a quick change of plans was in order as we had to stay inside. We started with the usual warm-up of stretches and jogging to loosen up and then we moved on to footballing skills and practising some ball control and dribbling. As you can see from the photos cones were laid out up and down the hall and the members took it in turns to move the football around them. Some were a little over eager in their kicking (I am told little Theo had a habit of booting the ball across the hall!) while others such as Pranav showed some great levels of skill.
After a drinks break we switched sports, first up we played some Dodgeball splitting in to two teams. For those of us new to the sport and have not seen the film the aim is to get all the opposing team out by hitting their legs or feet with a ball thrown from your side of the court. However, if they catch a ball you throw before it hits the ground then you get one of your teams who were out back in to the game. In our version of the game Zakaa had the distinct advantage of having 9 lives, or was that 90? He was invincible!
After the dodgeball we took the pace down a peg or two and played some target Boccia with teams at either end of the hall and the targtet in the middle. The closer to the centre of the target the more points you got for your team. It was a very close contest with a final score something like 75 to 68.
After a snack break it was time for our final sport of the day and an old favourite - Benchball. The same two teams faced off again with the aim this time to get all the team on to the bench. To do this the team have to pass the ball to each other at least three times with out dropping it or allowing it to bounce. Then they can throw to the person on the bench and if they catch it the thrower joins them on the bench. A game of strategy, skill, communication and teamwork and always a favourite.
At the end of the session the coaches decided that Zakaa was Star of the Week as he really got stuck in to each sport and particpated really well.
It was great to see Joseph back as he had not been able to come for a while. We do hope we will get to see him a little more often now. It was also great to see another new member come along, another Callum, and we hope to see him, and everyone else, back next week.
Note to all parents and carers - it is our annual AGM next Saturday so while the kids are playing we will be discussing the club and it's future. Please do come along and spend a short while with us helping to steer our future - I might even make a cup of tea or coffee for you!
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.