We had a really good session based around Throwing last Saturday at Oak View School. After the usual warm up exercises it was out with the soft balls and in to pairs to work on throwing. It started with facing each other across the hall and doing a bounce pass to each other. That then led to a game where a tennis ball was placed on a cone between each pair and the aim of the game was to throw the ball directly at the cone trying to get the aim and distance correct to hit the cone and knock the tennis ball off.
Next up was another ingenious throwing game where by the coaches led by Alan and Ray set up a series of numbered cones with the lower scoring cones at the front and the high scorers at the back. The kids then had to stand behind the line and throw the ball at the cones with the aim of getting as many points as possible.
After a short break for refreshments we had a quick game of handball which is the same as football but with hands - obviously! So passing to team mates by throwing the ball rather than kicking and scoring by throwing the ball past the goalie and in to the goal. As you can see in the few photos below both Ollie and Callum took turns in goal.
It was then on to our last sport - Goalball. Similar to handball but played sitting down. Also, the ball has a bell inside it as this is a game often played by partially sighted or blind players. We did try practising with blind folds on but one of our members has a hearing problem so that made him two senses down which was particularly hard. We therefore ditched the blind folds but enjoyed the game none the less.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.