We had a great first session of the Summer term last Saturday at Oak View School. After a worryingly slow start to the morning we eventually had a pretty good turnout and it was especially great to see Joseph come along after a long absence. Hopefully he will be able to come along a few more times this term as it is always nice to see him join in.
The session started as always with a warm up led by coach Ray along with assistants Ciara and Ollie. It was then in to some Cricket by playing a few different games to work on certain skills like catching. First up was 'Champions' where the kids line up in a row and a coach (Ray) throws the tennis ball to a member at random. If you catch it you move up a place in the line but if you miss or drop the ball you go to the bottom of the line. Whoever is top of the line at the end of the game is Champion!
After Champions the coaches devised a new game, the group split in two and took it in turns to run up to a marker, pick up a tennis ball and bowl under arm at a wicket. They then ran to be wicket keeper for the next person. As wicket keeper it was their job to collect the ball after the next person had bowled and return it to the bowling marker and then make their way to the back of the queue to await their next turn.
After a quick drinks break the final cricket game was Three Tee Cricket. The same two teams faced each other and when batting each person would hit three balls off their tees trying to hit the back wall with the ball. Once all three had been hit they would shout GO and start running between the markers trying to get as many runs as possible. The fielding team would wait for the GO and then race to collect the balls and tees and return them back to their starting positions. Once that was complete the batter has to stop and their runs added to the team total. Then on to the next batter. It is a fast, furious but fun game that incorporates batting and fielding as well as team work.
After a proper break we switched sports to a nice relaxing game of target Boccia. Staying in the same two teams and carrying on the theme of aiming and throwing.
Our last sport of the day was out on the playground with a game of Hockey. It was an end to end battle with some good ball control, team work and shooting.
Firstly, apologies for the very late post - it has been a busy week!
We finished off the term with some great fun and games followed by a little surprise!
As usual we started off with a warm up, this time jogging around the hall led by Ray, Ciara and Ollie. Then it was straight in to a game of tag, also known as British Bulldog to some of the members both young and old. As you can see in the photos below it was Ollie up first to do the catching with Pranav taking a turn afterwards. Speed, agility and cunning are the attributes needed to avoid being caught and to ultimately winning the game.
Our first surprise of the day was some delicious hot cross buns kindly donated by Callum's mum which made the snack break all the better. After the break we calmed things down a bit with a nice relaxing game of Target Boccia. It is a tricky game and as one member found out one second your ball is rolling towards the bullseye then the next it has rolled right past and off the mat! So aim and ball speed are equally as important.
Our last sport played was a game of hockey played with plastic sticks and a tennis ball in the hall. It was a great game with some good skills shown by both sides. As you can see in the photos Coach Alan got involved leading the way battling to keep the yellow team in the game
As this was the last session of the term we did not have an individual star of the week but instead a rather nice team photo of those who were still there at the end of the session. For everyone that attended the session there was a final surprise of a nice Easter Egg to savour over the holidays.
From everyone at the Sportability Club we wish you all and your loved ones a really special Easter break and hope you get to relax and enjoy the time off and the good weather. We look forward to seeing you all back on Saturday April 22nd at 10:00.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.