Hi, the turnout was not the best last Saturday, but we had a cracking session none the less. Our main sport was Rugby but as always we started with a warm-up led by Ray. The group then split up into pairs passing the rugby ball between themselves. Alan then changed it to pass the ball over and under. The pair stand back to back and pass the ball over the head to each other then between the legs to each other. Then it switched to passing side to side - ie around the waist to each other. Lastly, they were challenged to throw the ball up in the air and clap before catching it again. The partner would pass the ball to you and call out a number between 1 and 5. On catching the ball you had to throw it high in the air, clap the number of times your partner called out, before catching the ball again and then passing back (and calling out a number to them).
We then played a game of Rob the nest which is fast and frentic. The group split in to four teams each with a hoop as a nest. One at a time a tem member would go out and "Rob" a ruby ball from another team''s nest and bring it back to the home nest. Then the next person would go. While all that is happening other teams could be taking balls from your nest. Therefore, you have to keep an eye on who has the most balls at any one time as you never know when Alan would call a halt to the game and declare a winner. After we played a few games of that we finished off with some passing around and across a big circle we formed with all staff and members.
After our main break we finished off with some Archery, a activity all the kids love. As the weather was still good we played outside for a change. After a practice round we went into team games with the group dividing in to two team's. Hal's team won all three games with Callum getting a bullseye in the first two games.
Our star performers this week were Kealan and Hetvi - well done to you both!
Despite it being a very sad weekend with all the events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II's funeral it was good to get outside and have some fun with kids. We made the most of the good weather and were outside on the playground on Saturday. We started off with a warm-up led by Ray, who was back from his holiday in France. From there we played some Parachute Games.
It was then on to the main sport of Cricket. We started off working in pairs throwing and catching with each other. We were doing bounce passes where you throw the ball to the ground so that it bounces once before reaching your partner for them to catch. From there Alan added a spot between each pair. The idea being to hit the spot with your throw each time thus practicing accurate throwing.
We then moved on to throwing at the wickets. Once you had taken your turn you became the wicket keeper for the next person. As wicket keeper you returned the ball to the next in line.
After a drinks break we progressed to some batting practice - hitting the tennis ball off a tee and aiming at stumps at the far end of the playground.
After the main break we split in to two teams to put all that good practice to use. We played a game of Three Tee Cricket. This is where the fielding team stay motionless while the batter hits three tennis balls, off of three tees. The fielding team are not allowed to stop or block any of the balls. Only once the last ball has been hit can the fielders move. They must then collect the three tennis balls and the three tees and put them back to their starting positions as soon as possible. While that happens the batter runs between wickets as fast as they can to get runs. Each batter has a turn and Alan used all his fingers and toes to count up all the runs. The teams then switched over with the batting team taking a turn to field and vice-versa. At the end of the game Hal's team had scored 87 runs but Callum's team won with 92 runs
We then finished off the session with some games of Boccia in the hall using the same teams as we had in the cricket. Initially the kids were aiming at hoops with Callum's team having the blue balls aiming for the blue hoop and Hal's red team with red balls and hoop. It was a very close competition that the blue team just edged. The final game was nearest the (white) Jack and the red team won that game.
You may have noticed that I managed to take a lot of photos - too many to caption, especially as it a shorter working week this week. Therefore, apologies for the lack of captions but I am sure you can work out who was doing what in each won.
At the end of the session the coaching team awarded the Star of the Week awards to Ellis and Todd who both did really well - great job boys!
It was good to be back for Autumn term, after a long summer holiday, and to see everyone once again.
We started the session with a warm-up led by Alan before we got into some Hockey
Hockey started with some practising of the basic skills such as dribbling around cones, working in pairs and shooting practice. After the main break we then put all that good practice to use by splitting in to three teams and playing some short matches. Each team played the other two teams in a round robin fashion. Callum;s team won the first game 6-2 against Alexander's team. Alexander's team then won against Hal's team 4-0 before Callum's team won the last match 3-0. Thus, making Callum's team the overall winners.
Once all the hockey was completed, we went inside and finished off the session with some Boccia. The group split in to two teams, one at each end of the hall, and we used hoops as targets.
At the end of the first session back the Star of the Week awards went to Zakaa and Liam - well done lads!
I was away for the last session before the summer break but here are a couple of photos taken during the session, which included Parachute Games, Rob the Nest, Archery and Boccia.
We hope you all have a wonderful summer break and if you manage to get away we hope you have a lovely time.
We look forwards to seeing you back in September - Saturday 10th 10am as usual
Another lovely day at Epping Forest Sportability Club. We started as always with a warm up. It was led by Ray and as well as the usual stretches and jogging it included a game of Rob the Nest.
We then started on the main sport of the day - Hockey. Each child grabbed a stick and tennis ball and began by practicing ball control. This included a Traffic light game where when Ollie held up a red cone the kids had to stop still with the ball. Yellow cone meant move the ball side to side on the spot and green to go around the playground dribbling the ball under close control.
We then moved on to dribbling around a course of cones, some shooting and passing practice and it all culminated in some small sided games.
After the main break we moved inside to play some Benchball. We split in to three teams playing 5 minute games so that they all played each other.
We finished off the day with some Boccia. The group split in to two teams at either end of the hall. The red team won all three Hoop games but the blue's won the nearest the jack game. Well done to all - a great session all round.
Our Star of the Week awards went this week to Kerrie and Davina - well done to both of you!
Join us again next Saturday which will be our last session before the Summer break. We will then be back on Sept 11th for the start of the Autumn term.
It was a lovely morning at Oak View School on Saturday morning so we made the most of the weather and practised some football skills out on the playground.
Ray led the usual warm up and then Alan led the football session practising ball control skills such as dribbling side to side, moving around the playground with the ball and around cones. In the middle of that Ollie led a traffic light game based on dribbling and ball control.
After a quick refreshment break Alan included some shooting practice in to the routine so the kids would dribble the ball around cones before shooting, then dribbling the ball back and passing on to the next person. We then put all that good practice to use in a small sided game of football which the Yellow team won comfortably 6-2 with Callum getting a hat-trick.
After the main break we played Football Rounders once again as it was such a success last week.
We then finished the session with some Archery in the hall with the group staying in two groups so that they all had a few goes.
At the end of the session the coaches awarded the Star of the Week awards to Hal and Zakaa - well done lads!
Join us again next Saturday for our penultimate meeting of the school year!
We enjoyed a mix of activities last Saturday at Epping Forest Sportability Club. We started with a warm up as usual lead by Ray. After that he led some parachute games which are always a lot of fun and help with team work and coordination. The games included swapping positions when called with another child by running under the parachute when lifted and trying to keep a ball on the parachute and to get it to the centre spot.
After a quick drinks break we switched to playing some games of Rob the Nest. We used tennis balls this time and the group split in to four teams with the aim of having the most balls in your hoop (nest) at the end of the game. To do this you have to take (Rob) balls from opposing teams hoops faster than they take from yours!
From there we switched activities again by playing some Putting games, trying to get the ball through the cones and in to the hoop at the end. Quite a challenge to get the direction and speed just right.
After the main break we played a completely new game for us - Football Rounders. So a mixture of Rounders but rather than using a bat and hitting a ball for miles, too many windows around, we used a football. The group split in to two teams and took it in turns to "bat" and try and get all the way around before getting stumped or caught out.
On a very warm and muggy morning it was good to be outside on the playground practising our Tennis skills. Alan had the kids bouncing the balls on their rackets, then bouncing between ground and racket. He even tried to get them to bounce the balls using the side (frame) of the racket
Once the tennis skills (hitting and catching) were complete it was time for a game of King of the Court. Ollie was throwing the balls for each child in turn to try and return back over the net, and in to the court.
After the main break we moved things inside to play some Basketball. In particular we were focusing on shooting practice, followed by some one vs one games. For the shooting practice we made use of the main baskets at each end of the hall and the little basket for our younger members. For the one vs one games the coaches picked out children to compete against each other. On the word go they would run to the far end of the hall where Ollie would throw the ball in to play. They then dribble the ball back down the hall with the first to score a basket being the winner. So it is about attack and defence, dribbling and shooting.
It was a great session all around - a lot of fun was had.
Star of the Week awards went to Ellis and Anand. Congrats to you both
See you all again on Saturday for more fun and action
It was great to be back after the half term break and we had a great turnout for a session based around cricket skills. We started with some throwing and catching practice before a game of Champion. The group split in to two different games of champion so that the kids didnt have to wait long between turns.
After a quick drinks break we practiced batting - hitting off tees towards some target cones.
After the main break we played a new game called rapid fire cricket. It is a variation on three tee cricket but in this game there are four balls to hit off of four tees. The difference being that the fielding team have to get the four tennis balls back in to four separate hoops, place them on a cone in the hoop and stand in the hoop with the ball. Therefore, the batter only stops running between wickets when 4 balls are on 4 cones, inside 4 hoops along with 4 fielders. I promise you it is a lot easier than it sounds! Coach Alan explained the rules and kept score. Once everyone had a turn to bat in Callum's team their total was 61 runs. Valentina's team was next up and they tried to overcome that score - unfortunately by then everyone had the hang of the game and the fielding was a lot quicker so they only managed 44 runs.
We finished off the session with Ray leading some games of Boccia with a decreasing number of hoops to aim for. As you can see in the photos below the red team won the final game with 2 balls in the lone hoop against the blue team's solitary ball.
Our star of the week awards this week went to Liam and Pranav - well done lads!
See you again this Saturday for more fun in the sun - if the heatwave does arrive dont forget to apply lots of sun screen and have plenty of drinks!
We hope you all had a fabulous half term break and enjoyed the jubilee celebrations.
Sportabililty club is back this Saturday at 10am for the final half term of the year.
Before we broke up for half term Alan and the team had a Hockey based session on the 28th May and the Stars of the Week for that session were Callum and Valentina - pictured below.
See you all again this Saturday for more fun and action
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.