Last Saturday's session was dedicated to all things football with a whole range of activities to help boost skill levels and ball control. After the usual warm up led by Ray and Alan it was out with the balls, in the sun, on the playground.
At the end of the session the coaches conferred over who should receive the Star of the Week award. For his enthusiasm and getting involved, not least his big smile throughout, they awarded it to Umar. It has to be said that his ball control was exemplary in that once the ball was on his feet in his wheelchair it stuck there like glue!
Congrats to Umar - keep it up!
Join us again this coming Saturday to see what activities the team have in store for you!
Unfortunately I was away so cannot add much detail to all the photos below but I will try and summarize the session as best I can. We had a good turnout, up slightly from the first two week, which looks to have made for a really good day
As always the session started with a warm up and Ollie led a game of tag
Then it was out with the Rugby balls. First up was throwing in the air and catching to get used to the egg shaped ball. Then it was on to pairs work throwing and catching to your partner.
After a break it was time for a tag game called Hunter. We had two games running side by side and in each there is a hunter and the player they are hunting. The "huntee" runs off on the whistle to collect a ball from the hoop at the far end and get back without being captured. The hunter meanwhile has to run a longer route with the sole aim of tagging the player with the ball before they get home. It is fast, furious and fun!
Towards the end of the session a couple of the younger ones spent some time in Oak View School's ball pool to have fun and let off a little steam. It was one of these, Joseph, who was awarded the Star of the Week accolade at the end of the session. Very well done Joseph!
We look forward to welcoming you all again this coming Saturday at 10:00 where we will be no doubt playing a completely different sport. Also, if you know of anyone else who would benefit from joining in with our activities then please pass on the word and tell them to come along and find out for themselves!
See you on Saturday!
The photos below depict a number of skills practices that the coaches went through with the kids. Starting with basic ball control and dribbling, to working in pairs doing bounce passes. After that the coaches laid out some cones so the kids could start dribbling around them going up and down the playground. Last of all they added some hoops to the course so that the kids stopped at a cone and then had to throw the ball with the aim that it bounced inside the hoop.
It was great to see a lot of familiar faces back for the start of the Autumn term all refreshed and raring to go.
From there we moved on to bench hockey where the group split in to two teams and each team sits behind a bench with their sticks poking through the gaps, facing the other team. Each team is aiming to get the ball in to the goal at the end to their right. So in effect the teams are going in opposite directions much like a normal hockey match. It is all about team work, getting the ball from the person defending the team goal along the row to the attacker who can shoot.
The session ended with a game of Benchball, using the benches once more. The game starts with one member of each team standing on the far bench. The rest then have to pass the ball up the pitch and after at least three passes, without the ball hitting the floor, they can try and pass to the team member on the bench. If it is caught then the person throwing the ball joins them on the bench. If not, then play passes over to the other team. The team who gets all their players on the bench first is the winner.
At the end of a great session the judges conferred and were delighted to award the Star of the Week award to Alexander. Alexander normally has to leave half way through the session to go Horse riding so it was great that he could stay until the end and he made it count with a star performance throughout!
Join us again next week to see what Alan and the team have in store. Also, please pass the word on to anyone you may know who would benefit from the activities we run and invite them to come along and try for themselves.