Firstly, a big apology for being so late posting this update. Unfortunately, my half term was extremely busy so I did not get a chance to compose and post the report on the last session that was held on Saturday 10th. Anyway, better late than never so here goes....
We had a lovely laid back session, you could almost say chilled bearing in mind the February weather. Being the last session before the half term break Alan and the coaches did not focus on one sport and building up skill levels but rather laid out a whole host of events for the kids to take part in and just have fun. The kids could dip in and out of whatever sport or game they fancied whilst we had the radio on in the background for an altogether more fun atmosphere.
The photo's hopefully speak for themselves...
As you can see from the last few photos we did switch to some team games mid-session. Firstly, after a break for drinks and to allow the coaches to clear away all the equipment, we split the group in to two teams for a game of Benchball. This is always a fun game to play and although height is an advantage it is more important to be able to throw straight and catch well. Team work is important as each team looks to pass the ball from one of the hall to their bench at the other end. Also, as communication is equally important there is a lot of shouting as players call for the ball.
Our last game before we finished for the day was Hockey.. The benches quickly became goals at either end and the teams battled in out in an energetic game.
Last Saturday's session was dominated by the sport of Basketball. After the usual warm ups it was straight in to some skills practice with members working in pairs to throw the ball to each other. They started with bounce passes so that the partner could catch the ball easily. Then it was passing direct to the partner. After that it was more around ball control so moving the ball around your waist, between your legs and also behind your head. That moved on to the pairs standing back to back passing the ball around (waists), over (heads) or under (between legs).
After a short drinks break in was then time for some shooting practice. Using both baskets half the kids lined up to take their turn at one end with the rest at the other. Once a player got to the front of the line they took their shot from the line and then moved to the back of the queue at the other end of the hall. This then created a circuit where the kids rotated through the queues at either end of the hall.
Whilst some of the one on one games were taking place a few of the younger kids had a break from the basketball and went off to the ball pool for some fun. Although I suspect Ciara, who was looking after them, may have had just as much fun!
It was then time for the main break so that the kids could have their snacks and drinks. We then finished off the session with some basketball matches. The group split in to three teams and each team took it in turn to play the other two teams in a round robin format. The teams used the colour bands so as you can see in the pictures there were the red, blue and yellow teams. This brought together all the skills practised throughout the session in a fun but competitive setting.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.