After a hectic week the weekend before it was more of a relaxed feel to the session at Epping Forest Sportability Club last Saturday. This may in part be in due to the fact that some of our bigger "characters" were not present as they were away at Xmas events. Therefore, numbers were down but we had a great session none the less.
The session started with a much needed warm up, especially as it was so cold outside, led by Ray, Ciara and Ollie. Then it was on to the main sport of Basketball and this started with basic skills practice such as ball control , dribbling practice and then manoeuvring it around cones on a slalom course.
It was then on to a traffic light game led by Ollie but ably assisted by Callum. Depending on the colour of the cone held up the members would have to switch what they were doing. For a red light (cone) it was stop where you were as quickly as possible and hold the ball. For a yellow light the members had to stand on the spot but bounce the ball and for a green light they had to move around the hall dribbling / bouncing the ball. As you can see in one of the photos Ollie is holding a red cone and Callum a yellow one - we have no idea what is supposed to happen with that combo!
You may also notice in the photos that one of the basketball nets was "occupied" by a silver "monster" which we believed to be a left over from the Oak View school play held on the Friday. Anyway, we dared not disturb it so instead of playing a full court game of Basketball we instead switched to a one on one game. Ollie would call out two members to compete against each other and then throw the ball in to play on the court. The two members would then complete to see who would be first to score a basket. It was therefore a mixture of defence some of the time and attacking and shooting the rest.
After all that basketball action it was time for a well earned break to grab a drink and have a bit of a rest and recharge the batteries so to speak. We then took it a bit easier for the last part of the session as we played some games of Boccia. As you can see in the pictures above the group split in to two teams and played from opposite ends of the ball with the white "jack" ball in the middle. The winning team being that to get closest to the white ball once everyone had rolled their Boccia balls.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.