We had a great session last Saturday despite a low turnout and being without Coach Alan, who was looking after his poorly Mum - what a great son!
Ray and Ollie led the session and started with some great Parachute games. Ray had them switching positions, running underneath the parachute; running around the parachute and trying to keep a ball in the parachute as it moved up and down. Some great photos below I think you will agree.
After a quick break the kids lined up either side of the nets to practice Badminton for the first time this term. Ray and Ollie switched the pairings around to keep it fresh and there was some good effort and performances on display.
After the main break we finished the session with a form of Boccia. Ray once again came up with a great variation of the traditional game. To start with the groups split in to two teams and lined up at either end of the hall. The first game saw loads of cones laid out on the hall floor and then players took it in turns to try and hit as many as possible with each bowl. Those they hit they collected. As the number of available cones decreased it became much harder to hit them. Once all cones had been hit and collected the players counted up their cones.
The second phase of the game meant each player put their stack of cones in front of them and again the players took it in turns to try and hit a stack of cones on the opposing teams side. As these were at the far end of the hall it was tough to get the ball on target but several players made it and soon one persons stack was captured by another's. That stack was then hit again by the opposition so they all passed to the other side and added to an existing stack. This carried on and Pranav was the eventual winner as he bagged the biggest stack of cones.
The kids played Basketball last week at Sportability Club, whilst the adults had their annual meeting. Because of the meeting, and being tied up with the admin, there are only a few photos from the session.
Ray advised that the early part of the session consisted of the kids
1 - Bouncing the ball,
2 - Passing across a circle,
3 - Dribbling around cones,
4 - Shooting practice
After a break they kids then put the practice with some small sided games
It was great to be back last Saturday and the weather once again allowed us to be outside for the whole session. We had a pretty good turnout and it was lovely to see Zakaa back for the first time this term. We also celebrated Callum's birthday and he brought in some lovely cakes which were gobbled up. Happy birthday Callum!
The session was all about Rugby and after the initial warm up routines the rugby balls were out for a number of games aimed to get the ball handling skills improved. The group started off in pairs passing the ball between them. Then it was passing the ball "over & under" so standing back to back the ball would go over the head or between the legs to your partner. Then it was side to side - again back to back passing the ball around the waist.
The group then formed a circle and played two games. The first being "beat the circle" where a child was picked and had to run around the outside of the circle whilst the rest had to pass the ball around as fast as they could seeing if they could move the ball faster than the runner. The second game involved picking someone to pass to on the other side of the circle then running across the circle and passing to that child whilst still running.
Next up was some running around cones in a slalom fashion before passing. The team split with half at each end of the playground. Each player took it in turn to run around the cones with the ball before passing to the person at the front of the opposing queue, before joining the back to await the next turn.
After the main break we played some games of Rob the Nest. This is where the group splits up in to four small teams each with the own "nest" - a hoop. The game starts with all the rugby balls in the centre hoop. On the word to go each team sends one member to the centre to collect a ball and bring it back to the nest. The next player goes and so on until there are no balls left in the middle. The team with the most balls in their nest wins that phase of the game. The next phase is where each team, one person at a time, goes and steals a ball from another nest. At the same time the opposing teams could be stealing balls from your nest. It is fast and furious running and ball handling and when Ray called time the team with the most balls in the nest was the winner.
At the end of a great session the coaches awarded the Star of the Week award to Anand, who as you can see below was delighted with the award. I cant include all the photos he sent in of his journey home but it is safe to say everyone he met knew about it!
Join us again next Saturday to see what Ray, Ollie and Alan have in store
IMPORTANT REMINDER FOR PARTENTS AND CARERS - we are holding our Annual General Meeting while the kids are having fun this Saturday (16th). We will start the meeting as soon as the kids are doing their activities. Please make every effort to attend as this is where we share opinions and decide how the club will run in the coming months and years.
I am pleased to report that Epping Forest Sportability Club will back open this coming Saturday (9th). Our Head Coach Alan has managed to source some petrol so will be able to make it to Loughton. Crisis over, we hope!
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.