With some of our members already off on their summer holidays it was a laid back and fun feeling at EFSC for the last session of the term. The coaches laid on a number of different sports and this kids could choose what they wanted to do. Whether that be using the gym equipment, playing tennis or badminton or shooting some basketball hoops.
Unfortunately the good weather didn't last and we had to take a break slightly early when the heavens opened. That put paid to any further activities outside so we finished up the session in the School hall playing Table Tennis, Boccia and Curling.
Have a great Summer all and see you back on September 7th
With Head Coach Alan away this week it was down to Ray and Ollie to lead the session and we had a fabulous time playing Hockey
As always any session must start with some proper warm ups so the kids once again made use of the school's equipment before doing some stretching exercises and finally playing a game or two of What's the Time Mr Wolf?
With the warm up out of the way it was time to get on to the main sport of Hockey (Ollie's choice!). The kids grabbed a stick and tennis ball each and first up was to practice dribbling around the playground. Once familiar with the ball and controlling it our birthday boy Liam lead a game of Traffic Lights. With assistance from coach Ray he would hold up a coloured cone with Red being STOP and don't move, Yellow means stand still and pass the ball from side to side. Lastly, Green is for GO so dribble your tennis ball around the play ground. The last to carry out the instruction each time it switched was out and had to sit the rest of that game out. Soon it was down to a couple of kids - Kerrie and Callum who were joint winners.
After that the kids formed a circle to test the accuracy and speed of their passing as they tried to pass a tennis ball around the circle and then across the circle.
After a quick drinks break it was back outside to do so slalom work going up and down the playground dribbling the ball around the cones as you went.
We then played some one-versus-one games with kids competing with each other to be the first to score a goal past Hal who was our goalkeeper.
After the main break we put all the skills practiced to good use in a match. The group were split in to two teams - the yellows and the reds - and a fantastic match ensued. The game ended with a thrilling 18 to 10 win to the yellow team.
We were very fortunate to be a chosen "good cause" as part of Bancrofts Preparatory School's charity day recently. They raised a truly amazing sum that will help us keep our club running for another year. Below is a picture of Bancrofts Prep Head teacher Mr Joe Layburn presenting the award to our Head Coach Alan Prentice. A massive thanks goes out to all the children and staff for thinking of us and for all the money you raised and awarded to us!! THANK YOU!
Then it was on to some catching practice with the kids and coaches forming a big circle on the playground and the ball being passed around the circle from one person to the next. From there they moved on to passing across the circle. This meant bigger throws and harder catches. They then played a game of Champion to test their catching skills.
After a quick drinks break it was back outside and this time to practice batting. They set the tennis balls on cones and the idea was to score as many points as possible, The coaches had laid out a series of cones at the far end of the playground and if a child hit their ball between the centre two cones then they were awarded 20 points. Hit the ball between the cones either side of the centre pair then 10 points. Hit the ball between the outside pair of cones then just 5 points. The game rewarded accurate hitting and being able to direct the ball
After the main snack break we put all the practice to good use with a game of Hit and Run cricket. The kids took it in turns to have a bat with the idea to get as many runs as possible before getting out.
It was a great session in lovely weather and at the end the Star of the week award went to Zakaa. Very well done Zakaa - a born natural at Cricket obviously
Next week we have a session of football and basketball planned so please do join us then
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.