Firstly, apologies for there being no post last week as I was away so missed a great session based around Tennis. This week was all about Basketball so after a warm up led by Ray, it was straight in to skills practice.
We started with some basic ball control and dribbling before playing a traffic light game. The kids then did some moving of the ball around the body (over and under, side to side) and then finished off by passing in and around a circle.
After the main break we did some shooting practice before some small sided games. The green team won the first game against the yellows by a score of 2-0. Next up it was the blue team against the yellows with the blues winning a tight game 3-2. The last of the round robin games was blues vs greens to see who would become the unbeaten champions - the green team were victorious 3-1. Well done all.
Our star performers this week were Hal and Ellis, who is celebrating his birthday on Monday 30th so Happy Birthday Ellis!
Join us again next Saturday to see what Alan and the gang have in store for us.
On a wet and windy Saturday it was great to be inside the Oak View School hall to play some Rugby. We started as always with a warm up, led by Ray. It was then straight in to the Rugby with the kids pairing up for some passing practice.
From there we did some over-and-under and side-to-side.
We then moved on to working in a circle, firstly passing around the circle, then running across the circle and passing the ball on. Finally, each player took a turn to run around the circle. They had to get all the way around before the ball made it's way around, being passed from player to player.
After the main break we played some games of Hunter. This is a tag rugby game where the kids took it in turns to be hunter or hunted. One player, the hunted, runs up the hall to collect a rugby ball and tries to get it back to base without being tagged. The hunter has to run up the hall at the same time but go around a cone before trying to tag the other player once they have picked up the ball but before they get back. After every turn the hunter and hunted switch places so that each gets a turn playing each role.
We finished off the session with some games of Boccia with the group splitting in to two teams at either end of the hall and aiming for hoops in the middle. With each game the number of hoops was reduced so by the time of the last game there was just one hoop left. The reds won most of the games but the final game ended in a tie with 2 balls in the hoop each.
Our Stars of the Week this week were Charlotte and Davina - well done girls.
See you all next Saturday for more fun and excitement
It was great to see everyone after the Christmas and New Year break - we wish everyone a Happy and prosperous 2023!
We soon got back in to the swing of things with a warm up followed by a session of Hockey.
In the first part of the session we focused on dribbling, shooting practice, passing in pairs back and forth and then finally passing around a group
After the break we put all that good practice to use as we split in to three teams for some small sided games. Each team played the other two teams and there were some great saves, passes and goals in all the games.
We finished off the session with a few games of Curling. The ball bearings in the curling stones were a little cold and stiff after being stuck in the store cupboard over Christmas but they warmed up eventually!
Our star performers this week were Todd and Swaran - well done lads!
See you all again next Saturday for more fun
Apologies - with all the madness of Christmas I have just realised I never posted this update from our last session - better late than never I suppose, bit like the Christmas Cards in the post!
We had a great turnout for our final session of the autumn term, despite the cold and ice outside. With Alan absent the session was led by Ray and Ollie. We started with a much needed warm up before playing some parachute games
We then played some basketball. Firstly we did various passing routines including bounce passes and passing across a circle. Then we did a shooting routine making use of all the basketball hoops in the hall
At the main break we turned up the music and the kids had their party food and drink. For the last part of the session we played games of Boccia and Curling, ands some carried on with their basketball shooting.
On a frosty cold winter's morning we had a great turnout for our penultimate Sportability session of the year.
The warm up was led by Alan with Ollie running a traffic light game including jogging and star jumps.
We then played some putting with the group splitting in to four. Initially it was putting down a lane of cones trying to get in the hoop at the end. Speed and direction were key.
After that they went on to taking turns to hit and collect cones laid out on the floor
After a quick drinks break the final putting game was trying to get it in to a hoop for 1 point but if you got it to stop on a mat inside the cone then that was 10 points. Getting it to stop on the mat was near impossible though - we did try really hard! The team Ollie was leading won the game after accumulating 17 points!
After the main break we switched sports to Benchball. The group split in to three teams and they took it in turns to play each other. The green team won the first game against the blues but the blue team then won against the yellow team. In the match up between the green team and yellows it was the green team that won out once more. In the rematch between the blues and greens it was the blue team that triumphed this time. Blue vs yellow game two was won by the blue team again. Finally, the Green vs Yellow re-match the yellow team won and got their revenge. Overall, the blue team won having been victorious in three of their four games.
Stars of the week are pictured below and include Alexander - well done to both boys!
Do not forget that next week is our last before the Christmas break so we will be having a lot of fun and a bit of music. Bring along your party food and drinks to make it a bit special, if you like!
Unfortunately, Alan is unlikely to be able to be with us next week as he has to take his Mum to a hospital appointment. So, we would all just like to say a big thank you to Alan for all his efforts throughout the year and wish him a very Happy Christmas and New Year!
We had a great session of Basketball at Epping Forest Sportability Club this week and with lots of basketballs bouncing all at the same time it was quite a noisy session too!
After the normal warmup led by Ray the kids started off with a basketball each to practice their dribbling skills. First off, it was just around the hall. Then it was along the lines marked out on the floor and finally a traffic light game led by Ollie.
We then moved on to some shooting practice taking it in turns to shoot at each end of the hall. At the main break we got in to Football World Cup fever with each child picking one of the remaining 16 teams. Whoever has the world cup winning team will win a small prize.
After the main break we played some one vs one games using the world cup teams drawn and the fixtures that will be played out in the next few days in the round of 16. We then finished off with some small sided games. The group were split in to three teams and we played a round robin basis, so each team played each other.
It was a great session once again and all the kids really enjoyed it.
Join us again next Saturday for our penultimate session before the Christmas break.
We had a great turnout once again this week for a session based all around the sport of Cricket.
After a warm-up led by Ray the kids worked in pairs throwing and catching a tennis ball. They did bounce passes to each other trying to hit a spot marker midway between the pair. We then split the group in two for some games of champion. This is where the kids line up facing a coach and they will throw the ball to one child at a time. If they catch the ball, they throw it back then move one place up the line. Drop it and they move once place down. Whoever is at the top of the line at the end of the game is the Champion. Pranav was the winner in the game led by Alan and Valentina won the game led by Ray.
After a quick break for drinks, the group split in to three for a practice drill based around throwing at the wickets. They would run, pick the ball up from one cone and throw at the wickets from the white line. They would then become the wicketkeeper for the next person. Once the wicketkeeper had collected the ball, they would return it to the cone for the next person before joining the back of the line to wait for their next turn.
After the main break we put all that practice to good use in a game of 3 Tee Cricket. The group split in to two teams and each player took a turn to hit 3 balls off of 3 tees. Once the last ball had been hit they tried to get as many runs between the wickets as they could before the fielding team put all the balls and tees back together.
It was a high scoring game with great batting and fielding but the first team that batted won out by 88 runs to 78, mainly thanks to some great fielding.
We finished the session off with some quick Boccia games with the last game finishing as a tie with each team getting 3 balls in the hoops.
It was a great session overall and a lot of fun was had. The coaches awarded the
Star of the Week awards to Liam and Sonny - well done boys.
Join us again this coming Saturday for more fun and action.
A quieter session this week but good fun none the less. After a warm led by Alan and Ray we started with Hockey. The kids started off with a Hockey Stick and Tennis Ball each just getting used to dribbling the ball around the hall. Ollie then led a traffic light game - stop on red, dribble side to side on yellow and full-on dribbling on a green light. Alan then introduced pairs of cones to dribble between and then to do figure of eight patterns around. This helped with close ball control.
We then introduced some shooting practice. First as just practice but then we made it competitive by doing one vs one games. The kids had to run up the hall, around a cone before getting to the ball. They then had to dribble around some cones before shooting.
After the main break we put all that practise to good use with some small sided games. We split in to three small teams and each team played each other. The yellow team won the first game comfortably with some great goals from Liam. The yellow team won the second game as well but this time it was the other team with the winning goal being scored by Todd. The final game matched up the two winners from the previous matches. It was a fiercely fought final that was neck and neck all the way. Liam was all over the pitch for the yellow team with Anand scoring some good goals but it was the red team that eventually won with Pranav and Kerrie scoring and Todd getting the winner.
We finished off the session with some Archery. The kids love archery, it was a great way to wind down after the frenetic activity of the hockey matches. At the end of the session the coaches awarded this week's Star awards to Kerrie and Todd - very well done both of you!
See you all again next week for another fun filled session with different sports.
It was good to be back after half term and last weeks cancelled meeting. We had a great turnout and some new faces as well. A very warm welcome to Sonny and Hayyan who both got stuck in and seemed to enjoy the session.
After a warm-up led by Ray it was straight into our main sport for the week, Rugby. We started with a game of Rob the Nest, where the group split in to four small teams and have to try and get as many of the rugby balls as possible into their nests by taking from opponents nests. It is a fast and furious game and a lot of fun.
We then did some skills work by working in pairs. Firstly, it was passing to each other but then we incorporated passing the ball around the waist and then around the legs. After that we did some passing over and under and side to side with the pairs standing back to back.
The last activity before the break was some games of Hunter which is a tag rugby game. The coaches picked two members to go up against each other and they took it in turns so that one was the hunter and one was being hunted. The hunter having to grab a tag from the opposition's waist band before they grabbed a ball and got it back to the other end of the hall.
After the main break we headed outside on to the playground, as the weather was okay for mid-November. Alan had the group going through some Rugby drills. They started by working in a circle, passing around it then running across it and passing to a player on the other side. They then split in to four groups with each having a row of cones to run around before passing to the next person. Alan then switched it up so that when they returned with the ball, they went to the back of the queue and had to pass the ball to the front by rolling it between everyone's legs (i.e. the rest of the group forming a tunnel with their legs). They finished off with each member standing by one of the cones. They then passed the ball along the line with the last player moving to the front and everyone moving up one cone. That pattern was then repeated so it was passing and some running.
We finished the session off back in the hall. Keeping the same four groups of members we had a few quick games of Boccia. All in all a wonderful session and at the end the coaches award the star of the week awards to Hal and Zakaa - well done lads, well deserved.
Join us again next Saturday to see what sports Alan and the other coaches have in store for us.
Just been informed by the Oak View School that the school will be closed this weekend due to some asbestos work that is going on
Therefore, we are unable to run Sportability club.
Our next meeting will therefore be Saturday 12th November
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.