It was a mixed bag of sports last Saturday at Epping Forest Sportability Club, We started with Athletics but being November we were not running around the field in the cold and wet. Instead, we were in the nice warm School Hall doing various activities such as hurdles, ball push, standing long jump and high jump. For those that do not know the ball push is literally how far you can project a ball by pushing out from your chest when standing still (in our case from behind a bench).
The high jump was a particular favourite as it was out with the large crash mat with the challenge being to take a run up and jump over a rope held up by Ollie and Ciara. Most took the opportunity to take a footballer style dive over the rope with real artistic style. Anand had the most authentic jump though as he went over on his back in a "frisby flop" style and managed to get good height as well as you can see in the photos below.
After a drinks break we switched sports in favour of a leisurely game of Target Boccia. The groups split in to two teams - reds and blues - and faced off against each other from either end of the hall. We then welcomed a new member - Kamran - who came for the first time with his parents. For the first time in quite a while we got out the multi-coloured parachute out for a game or two involving balancing a ball on the parachute as it was being flapped up and down.
Our last game of the session was a bit more fast paced as the group, in their two teams, took part in a game of Bench ball. This game is a firm favourite and involves throwing the ball and catching it within your team without the ball hitting the ground with the aim of getting the ball up the pitch and to your person on the bench at the far end. You are not supposed to run with the ball so it is all about running, stopping, catching, throwing to your team mate and moving again until you get close to the bench enough to pass for the team mates on the bench for them to catch. If they catch the ball without it bouncing or without falling off the bench then the person throwing the ball joins their team mates on the bench. The winning team being the one with all their team on the bench the first.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.