We had a lovely session outside playing all things Rugby at EFSC this Saturday.
Ray led his usual thorough warm up with all sorts of exercises getting our bodies ready for the sport to come.
We then had the group split in to pairs to practice passing a rugby ball to each other. Alan then switched it up adding moving the ball around the waist and through the legs to the routine before finally adding a throw of the ball in the air and clapping before catching the ball once more. We then moved on to passing the ball on the run, in our pairs.
After a quick drinks break we then formed a big circle and initially passed the ball around the circle. We then started to run across the circle and pass to someone on the other side.
We then played a game of Rob the Nest where the idea is to have the most balls in your nest (hoop) at the end of each game. The group split in to 4 small teams and the first game was a three way tie but the second game was won by the team containing Todd and Kealan.
After the main break we moved inside for some tag games of Hunter. In each round there were two pairs who had to run up the hall. In each pair, one was the Hunter with the other being hunted. The aim of the hunter being to tag their opponent before they got back with the ball. The aim of the opponent is to run up the hall, grab a ball and get back without being tagged. It is fast and furious and a lot of fun.
After all that running around the kids were getting hot and tired so we wound things down and ended the session with some games of Boccia. The blue team won the first game easily but the reds got their revenge in the second game winning by 8 to 6. The final game was the decider and we were down to one hoop in the middle of the hall. The reds came out winners by the fine margin of 6 to 5.
At the end of the session the coaches awarded the Star of the Week awards to Kealan and Davina for their great efforts and enthusiasm throughout the session. Well done both!
We hope you all have a fantastic half term break and look forward to seeing you all again when we are back on Saturday 10th June. See you then!
It was nice to be out on the playground in the sunshine this week at Sportability Club. Ray led the warm up before it we got on to our main sport of Tennis.
We started by trying to balance a tennis ball on our rackets. Then moving on to doing keepy uppy with the ball. After that it was hitting the ball between the racket and the ground. Lastly, we tried to bounce the ball on the ground and catch it on top of the racket.
From there the group split in to pairs and they took it in turns to throw the ball to their partner for them to hit back.
After a quick drinks break we moved on to playing some games of build a burger. This is where the kids go up and down the playground balancing a ball between rackets. With every turn one more player adds their ball and racket to the pile making it a very tricky balancing act and great for teamwork.
Either side of the main break we played some games of King of the Court. Ollie would throw a tennis ball over the net and each player in turn had to try and return it over the net and in court without being caught out. Fail to get it over, get caught or not get it in to the court and you are out and join Ollie in trying to catch out other players. It is last person standing and in the first game we actually had two winners - Todd and Ellis. In the second game it was Kealan who emerged victorious.
We finished off with some games of Tennis Rounders with each child getting a chance to bat and bowl.
It was a great session and we were blessed with some really good weather. At the end of the session the Star of the Week awards were presented to Todd and Valentina from great effort throughout the session. Well done both!
It was also Anand's birthday this week and he kindly brought in the lovely cake below.
Next week is our last before the half term break so we look forwards to seeing you all then.
We had a great session this week where the main sports were Cricket and Archery.
Last week there were no photos as the official photographer was on Coronation duty but we understand that the session was great and included Golf, Putting, Benchball and Boccia with Ellis and Sonny winning the Star of the Week awards.
This week Ray led the warm up before we started practising Cricket skills with some throwing and catching. That was followed by some games of Champion. The group was split in to two with Ollie leading one game and Ray the other. The object being to be at the head of the line at the end of the game. The leaders would throw a tennis ball to one of the kids at random. If they caught the ball they moved up the line but drop it and you move down. At the end of the game the winners were Zakaa, in Ray's group, and Davina in Ollie's group.
After a quick drinks break it was on to some fielding practice with the kids collecting a tennis ball from a cone and running around the stumps before replacing the ball. This then progressed to throwing at the stumps and taking a turn to be wicketkeeper to collect the ball.
After the main break we moved on to some batting practice. The kids were hitting tennis balls off a cone towards the end of the hall. They were then trying to aim to hit cones to gain points.
We finished off with some Archery with the group splitting in to two teams and each taking a turn or two with three arrows each time. Davina was among those to score a bullseye!
At the end of a great session the coaches awarded the Star of the Week awards to Kerrie and Rhys for their efforts throughout the morning. Well done to both!
Have a great week all and we look forwards to seeing you all back next Saturday.
We also had a surprise during the session with a visit from Toby Chow's parents. Although Toby no longer comes to the club his mum Heidi was awarded Loughton Citizen of the Year and along with that came a donation from Loughton Town Council to a charity of her choosing and she kindly thought of us. We were very touched that they thought of us and are very grateful for the award
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.