We wrapped up the Autumn Term at Epping Forest Sportability Club with a lovely relaxed session enjoying a variety of sports before tucking in to some lovely food and drink whilst listening to some of the latest music!
The coaches had set up the hall with a variety of sports so that the kids could choose whatever they wanted to do at any point whilst the radio was on in the background. We had table football (fusball), basketball shooting, skittles, badminton and Boccia. For a change there was no skills practice or instruction from the coaches - just having fun, playing games and messing around.
As you can see in one of the photos above, Kerrie was late to the session as she had been at her Karate school receiving an award. The previous night she had her main black belt exam and passed with flying colours taking on a number of opponents. She won the award at her club for student of the year. A very well done Kerrie - we are all very proud of you!
Later in the morning we laid on some party food and drinks before wrapping off the session by giving out some little Christmas party bags.
From all the staff at Sportability Club we thank all the members for coming throughout the year. Also, to all the parents and carers for their support and help and to Oak View School for allowing us to use their lovely premises every week. We wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all back in a few weeks time on Saturday 6th January 2018 for the start of another term of fun and activities!
After a hectic week the weekend before it was more of a relaxed feel to the session at Epping Forest Sportability Club last Saturday. This may in part be in due to the fact that some of our bigger "characters" were not present as they were away at Xmas events. Therefore, numbers were down but we had a great session none the less.
The session started with a much needed warm up, especially as it was so cold outside, led by Ray, Ciara and Ollie. Then it was on to the main sport of Basketball and this started with basic skills practice such as ball control , dribbling practice and then manoeuvring it around cones on a slalom course.
It was then on to a traffic light game led by Ollie but ably assisted by Callum. Depending on the colour of the cone held up the members would have to switch what they were doing. For a red light (cone) it was stop where you were as quickly as possible and hold the ball. For a yellow light the members had to stand on the spot but bounce the ball and for a green light they had to move around the hall dribbling / bouncing the ball. As you can see in one of the photos Ollie is holding a red cone and Callum a yellow one - we have no idea what is supposed to happen with that combo!
You may also notice in the photos that one of the basketball nets was "occupied" by a silver "monster" which we believed to be a left over from the Oak View school play held on the Friday. Anyway, we dared not disturb it so instead of playing a full court game of Basketball we instead switched to a one on one game. Ollie would call out two members to compete against each other and then throw the ball in to play on the court. The two members would then complete to see who would be first to score a basket. It was therefore a mixture of defence some of the time and attacking and shooting the rest.
After all that basketball action it was time for a well earned break to grab a drink and have a bit of a rest and recharge the batteries so to speak. We then took it a bit easier for the last part of the session as we played some games of Boccia. As you can see in the pictures above the group split in to two teams and played from opposite ends of the ball with the white "jack" ball in the middle. The winning team being that to get closest to the white ball once everyone had rolled their Boccia balls.
We had a really good session on Saturday at Epping Forest Sportability Club with one new face coming to see what we get up to and a good turn out from the rest of our members. The main sport was badminton but there was much more going on too.
As usual the session started with a warm up led by coaches Ray, Ciara and Ollie with Zoe taking the photos and helping out too. It was then on to Badminton and the nets were out with the kids pairing up trying to build up rallies hitting the shuttlecock across the net to each other. For those that struggled with the net being too high then the coaches worked one to one with them to the side of the hall helping to build up their skills and their confidence levels.
Some of the newer members are quite young and small so sometimes the older kids charging about the hall can be a bit intimidating. So, for the first time in a long time, we used Oak View's ball pool to allow the smaller ones to have a lot of fun.
After a break for refreshments we changed things about a bit with the main sport changing to hockey in the school hall with a game of target boccia in the hall way for those that preferred to play that.
At the end of the session the coaches conferred and awarded the Star of the Week to Pranav. He showed great skill once again in the Badminton, a sport that he excels in. Well done Pranav and keep up the good work!
Join us again next Saturday to see what sports Alan has planned for us. Don't forget as well that there are only two more meets before we break up for Christmas!
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.