This weeks session at EF Sportability consisted of Badminton, Basketball and a Blindfold Challenge.
It was a bit of a slow start in terms of numbers so we opted for Badminton rather than the planned Rugby session but gradually more members rolled in so we ended up with a good number making for a great session. We started as usual with a warm up before launching straight in to Badminton. Alan had managed to buy some new nets and shuttlecocks during the week so these were put to immediate use. To start with each child tried to play keepy-uppy with a shuttlecock - basically hitting it up in the air to yourself thus trying to control pace and direction. It sounds simple but is a lot harder than it looks. We then progressed to working in pairs passing to each other before finally moving on to some mini games whether that be singles or pairs. Some great skill was shown and a few long rallies as well!
After a well earned break we changed the pace down a bit to play a new game. We struggled a bit for a name for it but eventually settled on Blindfold Challenge. As you can see in the photos below it consisted of the group breaking up in to three teams then taking it in turns to be blind folded. Once blindfolded you would be spun around three times to disorientate you then a team member would guide you to the middle circle where you were asked to pick a particular object such as a bean bag or quoite and take it back to your base. So this was all about teamwork, communication and trust! It was good fun and interesting to see how the different kids reacted to being out of control to a degree and relying on others for help and guidance.
We finished off the session with a game of Basketball. It ended up being a bit of a one sided game with the blue team winning by a 7-3 margin with some great shooting by all the blue team but particularly Callum and Pranav. But everyone enjoyed it and it was a great way to use up any remaining energy. The coaches decided at the end of the session that Pranav had performed really well throughout the whole session and was the worthy winner of the Star of the Week award. A very well done to Pranav.
Next week it will hopefully be Rugby so we look forward to seeing you all bright and early, raring to go, at 10:00. Dont forget if you know of a friend who would benefit from our sessions then invite them along to see for themselves.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.