Ollie and Ray led the session this week as Alan had a week off. The number of attendees was not bad considering it was the start of half term week but we did have a couple of regulars missing.
After the usual warm up it was out with the plastic Hockey sticks and tennis balls and to start with the kids moved around the hall trying to keep their ball under close control. This then progressed to moving around cones on a course - slalom fashion. Then Ollie led the group in a traffic light game. If Ollie held up a red cone the kids had to stop with their balls. Yellow meant stand on the spot moving the ball from side to side. Green meant move about the hall, dribbling the ball and keeping it under close control.
Next up was the slalom course races where three members had to go up and down the course, around the cones, to be first one back.After that it was some one versus one races. They raced to the far end of the hall to collect the ball and then come back to try and score a goal. They were competing against each other as there was only one ball in play this time and the first to score was the winner. However, they had to overcome either Callum or Kerrie who took it in turns to be the goal tender.
After the break the ball pool was too irresistible for the younger kids and so five of them ran off down there with Ollie in hot pursuit, That didn't leave many in the hall to play the final hockey match but Teagan and Bilal's dad Usama joined in to help make up the numbers.
Last Saturday's session was aimed around the sports of Handball and Volleyball but generally the session focused on a number of throwing and catching games before culminating in a volleyball game.
As usual the session started with a warm up and with coach Al feeling a bit under the weather (ahh!) Ollie and Ray stepped up to lead the session. The group then moved on to throwing and catching by forming a large circle and throwing across the circle to another player, who had to catch the ball. This developed in to a game where one player was chosen to run around the outside of the circle with the aim of all the others to pass the ball around the circle faster. The winner was the runner if they got back first but if the team passed the ball all the way round before the runner got back then they won.
Next, the coaches came up with a game devised to help with aim when throwing. They set up two "courses" consisting of cones, benches and markers. The kids had go around the cones at the far end, then walk down the bench balancing then collect a ball from one of the coaches. Then, whilst balancing on the bench, they had to throw over a row of numbered cones and aiming at specific markers on the floor. This meant that an overhead throw was required, throwing downwards towards the marker but avoiding the cones first. Hopefully some of the photos below will explain it better - they do say a picture paints a thousand words!
HandballSkills and DrillsThrowing a ball at a marker from a bench.
The next game that the coaches devised was to practice bounce passes and catching. The coaches lined up two rows of benches for the kids to stand outside of. The kids partnered up with one on each side of the benches. They then threw the ball down so that it bounced in the gap between the benches and then bounced up so that their partner could catch it. Making sure the throw was straight was key but also bouncing in the middle so that the ball made it to the other side and at the correct height for catching.
The last game of the session was more a proper game of Volleyball. The little ones had disappeared off to the ball pool again - supervised of course! Those left behind split in to two teams. First they practised in their teams hitting the ball and passing to each other. Initially they did this sitting down in a small circle, then standing up. Finally, the two teams faced off for a game against each other.
This week's main sport was Badminton. After the initial warm up each child grabbed a racket and a shuttlecock and started off by hitting the shuttlecock up in the air. The idea being to keep it off the ground in a keepy-uppy style. They then started to move around the hall as they were hitting.
From there they paired up and started hitting the shuttlecock to each other. Then the nets were introduced so that they started getting used to hitting over the net to the other side of the court.
We finished the Badminton off with some games in pairs across the net. After a drinks break we then switched, in the main, to Boccia. As you can see in the photos below the kids used benches on either side of the hall and a hoop in the middle as a target. Valentina was enjoying the badminton so much that she carried on playing with Kate.
Towards the end of the session Ollie took the younger kids off to the ball pool for them to have some fun in
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.