For the first time in a very long time we played Volleyball as our main sport this weekend at Epping Forest Sportability Club.
The session started as always with a warm up, which is very important. Ray was back from a week off so led the warm up with Ollie.
Before we got on to the main sport we had a few Parachute games. We started off with Ray calling out a pair of names and they had to run underneath the parachute to switch positions. Alan then introduced a ball in to the mix with the group trying to keep the ball on the parachute as it bounced around. Once the gang got the hang of that, Alan stepped it up a level by adding a second ball. That was really tricky as it is hard to keep track of two balls at the same time - especially if they are going in different directions.
It was then on to the main sport of Volleyball. Alan started this off by splitting the group in two and getting them all to sit down across benches. The aim being to get the kids used to hitting the ball over the bench to the opposition players and then trying to get a rally going. Once they were comfortable Alan then progressed the group to standing up hitting the ball across the benches. This allowed the players to move about a bit which meant it was easier to move to the ball as it came over to your side. Lastly, the benches were switched out for tennis nets which are higher up, and less forgiving. It meant the players had to ensure they had to hit the ball up to get it over the net (before they could bounce it off the bench).
After the main break the group joined up to play one big game, using the hall as one big court. The session then finished off with a few quick games of Boccia
Cricket seems to be in the news for all the wrong reasons this week so we at Epping Forest Sportability Club decided to play the sport the right way and have a lot of fun in the process.
After a warm up the group got going with some fielding practice - throwing at stumps, catching, returning the ball. From there they moved on to some batting practice.
Putting the skills practice in to use the group split in to two teams to play some Three Tee Cricket. Each person takes it in turn to have a go. On their turn they hit three tennis balls off of three tees. The fielding team are not allowed to move or touch the balls until the last ball is hit. Once that happens the batter tries to get as many runs as possible in the time it takes the fielding team to return the three balls and tees to their starting positions. In the end, Pranav's team beat Todd's team in both the games played.
After the break we switched to a catching game called Champion. In this, the kids line up in a row and the coach threw a ball to each of them in turn, when called. If they caught it they moved up a place in the row, if they dropped it they moved to the bottom of the queue. At the end of the game Hal was at the top of the line and therefore the champion!
We finished the session with some Archery, the kids loved it when we played it the other week so it made a quick return. The kids soon warmed up and their shots were getting better and better. Valentina was the first to get a Bullseye, closely followed by Pranav and Charlotte. A feat that none of the adults present could achieve so well done!
Another good session at Epping Forest Sportability Club this week with Rugby being the main sport, as well as some putting and boccia.
Ray led the group in a warm up to start with - stretching and twisting to get limbered up.
The kids then paired up and grabbed a rugby ball between them and practiced passing the ball between them, as instructed by Alan. Alan then made it harder by asking the kids, when they caught the ball, to throw it up in the air and clap their hands, before catching it and passing it back. Once they had that mastered he switched it up again by asking them to move the ball around their waist, after catching the ball, before throwing it in the air to clap and catch then pass it back to their partner to do the same.
Once the pair work was complete Alan got all the kids to form a circle. To start with Alan had the kids run to the centre, one at a time, and pass to a person on the opposite side. Once passed they would take the catchers place and the catcher then became the passer.
Next up was a game called "Beat the Ball", the idea being that each child had a turn to pass the ball to the person next to them in the circle. They then had to run around the outside of the circle while the rest passed the ball around the circle. The idea being that the child would run around and get back to their starting position before the ball - hence Beat the Ball
After a quick drinks break the group played a game called Hunter. This is a tag rugby game where the kids paired up and raced each other. One would run and get a ball from the hoop at the far end and try and get back without getting tagged. Their opponent would, at the same time, run to a cone at the far end of the hall, go around it then try and grab a tag from their opponents waist band before they got back home. Once that was done, the pair would switch roles so the hunter became the hunted.
After the main break we did Putting - the kids trying to hit a ball from a tee in to a hoop opposite, at the far end of the hall
Lastly, we played some games of Boccia with the group splitting in to two teams, reds and blues. The red team won a very close first leg but the blue team got their revenge winning the second leg two-nil. The blue team then won the next couple of games to become the overall winners. Todd was awarded Star of the Week
It was great to be back after the half term break and we had a good turnout for what turned out to be a very good session.
The main part of the session was taken up playing Hockey. Everyone grabbed a hockey stick and tennis ball and they started off by moving the ball from side to side. From there it went on to dribbling around cones, in a slalom course. The next drill was around passing with everyone taking up a position by a cone in a grid shape. The person with the ball would call out who they were going to pass the ball to. The receiving person would control the ball and then do the same, calling out who they were passing to.
After a quick break for drinks the group divided in to three teams for some small sided games of Hockey
Then after the main break we switched sports to play some indoor archery - dont worry, the arrows are plastic with sticky ends! There were some great skills on display - Robin Hood would have been proud!
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.