We were hoping to get out on to the field for some fun in the sun this week but despite a reasonable weather forecast things did not turn out that way. The weather was pretty horrible so we had to stay indoors but we still had loads of fun playing basketball and hockey. As always our session started with a warm up before we moved on to a skills session. We started with basketball and that meant ball control including dribbling the ball around cones and passing the ball between the legs. Once the practice was done it was on to some matches. The group split up in to three teams and played a series of games against each other.
After a break it was on to Hockey, again starting with skills pratcising control using a tennis ball with the hockey stick. As before, we then moved on to matches using the same three teams from the basketball earlier. To round off the session we enjoyed a few quick games of football as well.
Our Star of the Week, as decided by all the coaches, was Adam who got involved really well this week and particpated in all the sports enthhusiastically. Well done Adam!
Lastly, just a reminder that as it is half term we will not be meeting next week (4th June) but will be back on the 11th so we look forward to seeing you all then.
With the weather not being quite so good this week we still did Athletics as planned but rather than being on the field we stayed in the hall. The kids took part in various events including hurdles; standing high jump; target throwing with bean bags and doing chest push passes with a basketball. Hopefully the photos demonstrate these events much better than I can explain them but I will try none the less. The hurdles were a run of six small hurdles for the kids to negotiate as quickly as they could. The standing high jump is exactly that, so rather than take a run up to jump over a bar it is more a question of how high you can jump from a standing start. Target throwing was trying to get the highest score when throwing bean bags at a large (archery style) target. Lastly, the chest push is a style of basketball pass where you push the ball out from your chest and is a strong way of passing the ball. The aim being to pass the ball the longest distance.
After a break we switched to basketball starting with some skill drills before moving on to some games. At the end of the session the coaches awarded the Star of the Week to Callum who has done really well each and every week since he joined earlier in the year.
Next week is our last meeting before taking a week off for half term so we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next Saturday. Also, if you know of someone who could benefit from the club please bring them along or ask them to drop in to see what we get up to.
We had a bit of a mix of sports this week but the main focus was on Rugby and in particular practising with the ball. This involved working in pairs initially passing the ball between each other throwing and catching the "odd shaped ball". Next up was moving the ball and that included around the body, around & between the legs, over the head and also through the legs to the partner. The photos below show Coach Alan working with Zakaa practising all these moves.
The kids then moved on to some one versus one races with the Rugby ball which introduced moving with the ball as they threw and caught it. Lastly was a game called Hunter which is a tag game with a Hunter trying to catch their "prey" bby grabbing their tag before they get home with the ball.
After a break they played a game of Boccia, the paralympic sport based on Target Bowls but unfortunately we dont have any photos from that. Then it was straight on to a game of Three Tee Cricket which is a popular fast paced game with the group split in to two teams. Each person takes it in turn to bat against the opposing team of fielders by hitting three tennis balls off of three tees. They try to get the ball to hit the back wall, for maximum points, while the fielders try to stop that happening. Then the batter tries to get as many runs as possible in the time in takes the fielding team to get the balls back on the three tees in their original position. The team with the most points / runs being the winner. Lastly, the same two teams faced off in a game of Benchball which involves a lot of running around but importantly also throwing, catching and great team work. At the end of the session the coaches decided that the Star of the Week award should go to Charlotte so very well done to her.
The weather was scorching this week so it was nice to get out on to the school field for the first time this year. That allowed us to have some great fun doing some athletics and cricket. The athletics was in the form of an ever growing obstacle course. We started simple as always but Alan and the other coaches added new elements each time to make it harder each round. As you can see from the photos there were small hurdles, hoops to climb through and bean bags to move about. At the end some of the kids couldnt resist doing a race around the whole track as well. We also had time for some parachute games which are always great fun!
After a break we moved on to some games of Quick Cricket. As we had a good turn out this week we were able to play two seperate games at the same time on different parts of the field. There was no bowling this time but rather the batter hit the ball off a tee with the object being to get as many runs as possible before the ball was returned by the fielders to a designated spot. Teamwork was important for the fielders therefore as they worked quickly to get the ball back using their throwing and catching skills. At the end of the session the coaches decided who was Star of the Week and this week they chose Zakaa so very well done to him. Lets hope next week the weather is just as good so we can get back out on to the field again!
After a short refreshment break it was time to put all those skills they had been practising in to use. It was time for our favourite Tennis game - King of the Court! Each player takes it in turn to return the ball back to the server using their racket. If they get the ball back over the net and in to the court without the ball being caught then they stay in and go to the back of the queue. However if you dont get the ball back over the net OR it goes out of the court OR you are caught then you are out and join the server on the other side of the net trying to catch the ball. The aim being to be the last person standing and you become the King or Queen of the Court!
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.