We had so much fun playing Hockey last Saturday at Epping Forest Sportability Club that we didn't get to play any other sports that we had planned !
Our session started as usual with a warm up session starting with stretches, moving on to some light jogging around the hall and then on to some games of Tag and What's the Time Mr Wolf? The session was led by coaches Ray and Ciara ably assisted by Ollie.
Once everyone was fully warmed up it was straight in to the hockey. We play with plastic hockey sticks and tennis balls so first up was some practice controlling the ball with the stick, gradually moving around the ball. Once all the kids were comfortable with their ball control we stepped things up a bit with Ollie leading a Traffic Light game. This consisted of Ollie standing on a bench holding up either a red, yellow or green disk. Red obviously means stop where you are with your ball; yellow means stand still moving the ball from side to side and green means go moving around controlling the ball. Once the kids got the hang of the game it was time to start the competition! This meant if you were caught moving on a red signal you were out. Similarly, if you were the last to get going on green or to switch to moving side to side on yellow you were out. The winner was the last person left in the game and for our game the winner was Lesley!
After a quick break for a drink it was straight on to a slalom game controlling the ball around cones as you went up and down the hall. This then moved on to some one on one games with the kids racing each other up the hall around cones and then competing for the ball as it is thrown it to play by a coach. They then have to control the ball back down the hall towards the goal and try and beat the goalie. The first to score is the winner.
Each player had two games in succession to try and allow them to play other players of similar size, age or ability so player A was up against player B then no matter the result player B then played player C and so on.....
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.