For our last session of the Autumn Term we enjoyed a few good sports and had a great little party!
After the usual warm up we started off with a game of Rob the Nest. It is a great game that combines not only a lot of running about but also a fair amount of thinking, working out where to "steal" the next ball or bean bag from. The basic idea being that everyone starts with the same amount of balls and bean bags but the winner is the one who ends up with the most at the end of the game.
The second sport we played was a game of indoor hockey with the kids splitting in to teams - blues, yellows and reds. They then played a series of games against each other.
After the hockey it was time for a break but being the last session before Christmas it was not a normal break. Instead we had a mini-party with food, drink and music. After all the running around throughout the morning the kids did a really good job of polishing off all the food!
Once all the food was consumed and digested there was still time for one last game. We let the kids decide and they chose a game of Benchball - a simple game that is easy to set up but loads of fun.
At the end of a fantastic session we did a group photo for those still there and coach Alan did a little speech to sum up the year and to wish everyone all the best for the festive season. The Star of the Week award this week went to ......... everyone!
From all the staff at Epping Forest Sportability we wish everyone an amazing Christmas and a Merry New Year. We look forward to seeing you all back and raring to go on Sat 7th January.
Last Saturday we enjoyed a great session where we played Badminton fo the first time in a very long time. Alan managed to borrow some equipment from one of the school's he teaches in to see how the kids would get on with it and it went down a storm!
After a brief warm up it was straight in to practising in pairs hitting the shuttlecock to each other. It was evident we had a wide range of abilities within the group from those who had not played before to Pranav and Lesley who should great aptitude for the sport. In fact it was Lesley who had suggested the sport as one she liked playing when the previous weeks session was finishing. She liked it so much she didnt want to stop playing and that is a first!
After quite a long session of Badminton some of the kids went outside for a quick game of football to get some fresh air as they ran around letting off steam, while others including Lesley carried on playing Badminton some more. A drinks break followed before we slowed things down with some Target Boccia with the group split in to two teams. After three rounds it was the red team who were triumphant by 48 points to 38.
After a second break our final sport was Benchball which is always fun and very loud with the kids calling out for the ball to be passed to them. It is a great game for team work as well as practising throwing and catching, As you can see in the photos it definately helps if you are one of the taller players!
At the end of the session Coaches Alan and Ciara both agreed that Lesley was the Star this week. She was really involved in the badminton and showed a great level of skill but she also joined in the other games as well. Well done Lesley - keep it up!
Next Saturday is our last meeting before we break for Christmas so please do come along as we should be playing some fun games and there should also be a little bit of a party with some snacks and drinks (so no need to bring any of your own)! See you there!
What a coincidence! At the same time as Tiger Woods made his return to competitive golf we enjoyed some great Golf games ourselves. We didnt have the luxury of the carribean sun so had to make do with putting in the school hall but everyone had a great time.
After the usual warm up of streches and jogging it was out with the putters and soft balls for a series of games all aimed at improving the putting skills of our members.
The first game was to putt along the hall towards the bench with the winner being the person whose ball ended up closest to the bench. Therefore, hit too hard and it will bounce back but too soft and it might not make it. Ollie led the way not only demonstrating what to do but also getting closest.
The next game was putting trying to get the ball in to one of the holes, the white rings in the photos below. This game proved particularly tricky!
Next up was a putting game involving cones. The kids took it in turns to have a go with the idea being to hit as many cones as possible. Those you hit you keep and the person who has collected the most cones by the end of the game being the winner. Therefore, with lots of cones at the start of the games but less and less as the game went on it got harder and harder to hit and collect the cones. At the end when we counted up it was Jessica with seven cones who was the winner.
The last game before a drinks break was a target game using the big targets.
After the break we moved on to our last putting game. Each player took it in turns to putt the ball between the gap between the two benches at the other end of the hall. Those who succeeded went on to the next round and at the end of each round the gap between the benches got smaller. At the end it was down to three players for the win - Anand, Kerrie and Theo. It took two rounds to get a clear winner with Theo managing to putt the ball through the smallest of gaps to win the game!
After the golf the kids had a well earned snack break before moving on to a basketball team game. We had practiced all the skills in previous weeks so it was straight in to a game. It was great to see all the children playing together with the best moment being little Liam trying to shoot past James - who is rather tall!
At the end of the session Hal was chosen by the coaches for his efforts throughout the session as Star of the Week. A notable mention must also go to little Theo for winning the golf. A very well done to both boys!
Join us next week for more fun - just two more weeks left before Christmas!
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.