The session started with a warm up that included some jogging, stretching and some tag games. It was soon on to the main sport of the session - Rugby.
The kids started by pairing off and passing a rugby ball between each other. Then it was on to moving the ball around the body then over and under.
Next up was a game called "Beat the ball" where everyone stood in a large circle. A runner was chosen each go to try and run around the outside of the circle faster than the ball could be passed around the inside of the circle. It is actually very tricky to pass the ball quickly and accurately, to catch and pass it on so quickly, and the kids did really well and had a lot of fun.
After a drinks break it was on to a game of Rob the Nest. This is where the group break up in to teams and try and steal as many rugby balls from other teams nests to end up with the biggest number of balls in your own nest. The problem being that as you are running to take a ball from an opposing teams nest the opposition are doing the same to you by taking balls from your nest. A fast, frantic game that the kids enjoyed.
The next Rugby game the kids played was Dragons Den. Nothing to do with the TV series but a tag game where one kid would try to run up and get a Rugby ball from a circle and get it back to base without being tagged by the Dragon.
It was then time for the main break and a chance for the kids to catch their breath, have a drink and snack and a bit of chat. It was then back to the hall for a game of Hunter, another tag game. In Dragons Den the chaser (dragon) and the kid getting chased started in different positions. In Hunter both started at the same end of the hall and had to run up separate lanes of cones before running back with the hunter trying to tag their opponent before they got back.
We then completed the session with some games of Boccia. A much more sedate game and one of skill in terms of rolling the balls with the correct speed and in the right direction to try and get closest to the white ball.
It was great to be back after a lovely break for Christmas and New Year. It was a little cold in Oakview School as the heating wasn't working so we kept active throughout the session to keep warm, and help burn off some of those mince pies and chocolates we all had over Christmas no doubt.
The main sport this week was Cricket and after the usual warm ups they got straight in to the action with some pairs work doing Throwing & Catching. This was then followed by some throwing to stumps, this helps practice accurate throwing including speed of throw and direction.
Alan then introduced a "Fielding" routine which involved rolling the ball out towards the fielder who would pick it up and throw it back to the stumps. If you watch cricket you will notice that fielders position themselves behind the ball almost in a kneeling position. They also get both hands together to form a cup for the ball to go in to. These things together ensure the ball gets scooped up first time and does not end up going between your legs and off down the pitch! Obviously the object in Cricket being to get the ball back to the stumps as quickly as possible to prevent conceding any more runs and to possibly get a run out.
Next up was a Batting game with the kids hitting tennis balls off of plastic tees towards targets. The coaches came up with a scoring system to introduce a bit of competitiveness in to proceedings which also encouraged directing the ball when hitting it. At the end of the game the scores were totaled and Callum won with 160 points. Well done Callum!
After the break it was time to put the skills practiced to good use in a game of Quick Cricket. Ollie took a couple of the youngsters off to the ball pool for some fun at the same time. They then came back to the hall in time for the final game which was Dodgeball as that includes good aim and throwing, as well as agility and running (to keep warm).
It was good to be back and see all the kids enjoying themselves again. The Star of the week award was given this week to Alexander who was able to stay for the whole session this week and participated really well.
Join us again next Saturday when hopefully the heating will be fixed and the school will be a bit warmer!
Firstly let me start by apologizing for there being no post last week. As some of you know already I was away and whilst there are no photos to share I can advise that Ray was back from his charity cycle ride around Cyprus. He helped lead a session based around Hockey and it included a number of drills to practice various aspects of the game including dribbling, passing and shooting. The session ended with several small sided games to put all that practice to good use. At the end of the session the coaches awarded the Star of the Week award to Zakaa - the last of the Autumn Term. Well done Zakaa and welcome back Ray.
This week was the last session of Autumn term and in what has become a tradition over the years the session was more of a party with various activities set up so that the kids could try whatever took their fancy. We had music playing and towards the end of the session we have some food and drinks for the kids (thanks goes out to all the parents and carers who provided some lovely goodies!). As you can see in the photos below the activities included Fusball, Table Tennis, Basketball (shooting), Badminton, Boccia and Curling
There were also some great Christmas jumpers and hats on display to help get everyone in to the Christmas spirit.
Unfortunately us adults had to be a bit more serious as we had our annual general meeting of the club for parents and carers. Thanks to everyone who was able to make it and those that sent their apologies. We also had some great contributions and input leading to a very productive meeting. I will get the minutes typed up and sent out early in the New Year.
With the meeting out of the way we could set up the food and drink for the kids (and coaches) to enjoy. As you can see below we even had a fantastic and very healthy fruit and cheese platter provided by Hal, with possibly some help of his mum?
It was a great wrap up to the autumn term. We have met a number of new members over the term which has been fantastic and we hope to see more in the future too. So if you know of a child who could benefit from what we do then please pass the word on and invite them to come along and try us out for themselves.
That just leaves me to wish each and every one of you a wonderful Christmas, whether you are spending it at home, with family or friends or even abroad AND a fabulous New Year!
We look forward to seeing you all back next decade! Well 11th January 2020 to be precise!
MERRY CHRISTMAS & a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
Basketball was the main sport of the session this week at Epping Forest Sportability Club.
Due to school fetes and pantos turnout was low but that didn't stop us from having a fun and varied session. Ollie and Alan started with warm ups including some ball control with the basketballs and also a game of Mr Wolf. Once they were ready to go it was straight in to some ball dribbling practice using the lines on the school hall as a guide.
From there we had a few quick Traffic Light games where a red light means Stop with the ball, amber (yellow) means bounce the ball from side to side on the spot and green means full on dribbling with the ball around the hall.
Next up we had a shooting drill making use of the baskets at either end of the hall. The kids lined up to shoot and once they had taken their turn they collected their ball and joined the end of the queue for the basket at the other end of the hall. This then formed a kind of circle allowing the kids to practice their dribbling and shooting without having to wait too long for the next turn.
Before they stopped for a drinks break the kids had just enough time to play some one on one games. When Ollie shouted Go two kids would race up the hall away from the basket. They had to go around the cones as they went and on getting to the far end Ollie would throw the ball in. It was then a battle to see who would be the first to score. So a mix of attack and defence depending on who had the ball at the time.
After the drinks break we put all the practice to good use by playing some matches - blues versus reds. As you can see in the photos below it was energetic and lively and great fun.
We then switched sports to Boccia with the Blues led by Kate up against the Reds led by Ollie. Due to some fantastic shots by Liam and Joseph the Reds won quite comfortably.
We then stopped for the main break. After, as Liam and Kerrie had to go off to see a panto (oh yes they did!) which left us with just a few people left, we wrapped up the session with some games of Indoor Curling.
The main sport we played this week at Epping Forest Sportability Club was Badminton but the kids loved the Archery so much they asked to play it again!
The session started, as always, with some warm up routines consisting of some jogging around the hall then playing some tag games such as What's the Time Mr Wolf?
It was then on to the badminton starting with hitting the shuttlecock up in the air and doing Keepy-Uppy's, like in football.
The group then moved on to playing across the nets. They paired up trying to get some good rally's going. They then switched around playing partners if they wished.
After the break the kids really wanted to play some more Archery - as they enjoyed it so much last week. How could we say no? So out with the bows and arrows and the targets and more fun was had by all.
Alan and Ollie kicked off the session this week with a warm up including some jogging around the hall, hopping, moving side to side and finally some tag games of What's the Time Mr Wolf.
It was then straight on to some Archery. Kate, Ollie and Alan reminded / instructed the kids how to hold the bow and load the plastic arrows and off they went taking it in turns to try and get as high a score as they can. There was some impressive performances and some bullseyes scored as well.
The kids loved the archery so much that they wanted to carry on after a drinks break. According to Head Coach Al they showed a fantastic ability to hit the target consistently and there were many notable performances. Valentina's stance when holding the bow and aiming her arrows was perfect. Kealan fired off arrows with great consistency, hitting the target regularly but special mention must go to Callum who was first to get a Bullseye but also ended up with the highest individual score of 70! Well done!
After the main break the younger ones got the chance to go to the ball pool, as we had Teagan helping out as well as Kate. The older kids took part in some games of Boccia in the hall followed by some Curling games.
We had a really good turnout for our first session back after the Half Term break and Alan, Ollie and Kate led a session loosely based around Handball.
As always the session started with a warm up to get everyone going. This consisted of some jogging around the hall then a game where they have to run and touch all the lines on the court. They then played tag games including What's the Time Mr Wolf?
Once everyone was warmed up the group paired up across the hall from each other and were throwing and catching between each other. They started with a bounce pass to each other catching and throwing back. Then a target was added in the middle to try and hit. Finally, a ball on a cone was added in the middle for the kids to aim at, trying to hit it off. This was obviously to try and improve the aim when throwing the ball.
The coaches then came up with a great game whereby the group were split in to two groups. They then took it in turns to walk along a bench balancing. When they reached the end they had to throw their ball towards some numbered cones. The aim being to hit the cones with the highest value. This tested their balancing and throwing skills.
After the main break all the skills the kids had been practising were put to good use in some games of Handball and Dodgeball. Handball being much like football but with the hands (obviously) and this means passing the ball up the court between team mates before shooting for goal. This relies on accurate throwing and clean catching.
Dodgeball on the other hand is all about not getting hit by a soft ball thrown by one of the opposing team from their half of the court. There are many balls in play so the action is fast and furious and you need to have eyes in the back of your head not to get hit!. On the offence side you need to be able to throw fast and accurately to try and hit an opposition member and it is all the better if you catch them off guard.
As the new NBA season gets underway in the States we devoted our session to the sport of Basketball. Before we got on to the Basketball the kids went through a very varied warm up session led by Alan and Ollie. It started with some gentle jogging around the school hall. This was followed by moving side to side, hopping, some hopscotch and a game of What's the Time Mr Wolff. There was even a drill that sounds like it came from a Rugby practice ground called "1-2-3-scoop" - I am reliably informed this meant taking three steps to the right followed by a scooping motion (much like passing a rugby ball) then repeating it going to the left. Probably just the sort of drill the England team practice on their way to thrashing the All Blacks!
With the warm up done and dusted each kid grabbed a basketball and we got some skills practice underway.
As you can see in the photos above they started with dribbling the ball with each hand and then both hands. The coaches then got to them to focus on accuracy by dribbling the ball along the lines on the hall floor. Ollie then led a traffic light ball dribbling game and the last exercise was to throw the ball in the air, clap your hands as many times as you could before catching the ball again. It was then time for a well earned drink.
The basketball resumed with some bouncing of the ball both low and high. It is actually very hard to keep the ball under control when bouncing the ball close to the ground. Bouncing high is not much easier either and it is not unusual to lose control. From there the kids moved on to moving the ball around their waists and then around their legs, on the floor.
Alan then led a drill called "Puppy in the Park" where cones were laid out around the hall in a series of gates. The kids then had to dribble the ball around the course without straying on to the road and staying within the gates. They then had a similar routine performing a dribble around a figure of eight.
Before the main refreshment break the kids moved on to practice some shooting, both individually and in pairs. As a pair they would move down the hall passing to each other before shooting. If the initial shooter missed the basket then the partner got the rebound and the next shot. There were then some one on one games with the coaches pairing up players of similar abilities to take on each other with the first to score a basket being the winner.
We had a mixed bag in terms of sports and activities at Epping Forest Sportability Club this week. After the now usual warm up of jogging followed by Tag Games including What's the Time Mr Wolf, it was on to a cones game. Loads of cones were distributed across the school hall floor, some face up and some face down. The group were split in two with one team trying to get as many turned face down whilst the other team were the opposite in trying to get them all turned face up.
We then moved on to a Golf putting game with the aim of putting through the cones to a hoop at the end. From there the game changed to one where kids working on their own or in a pair took it in turns to putt to try and hit as many cones as possible from the far end of the hall. The ones they hit they collected. The game continued until all cones were hit and then they were counted up. It was a close game but with one team winning in the end by a comfortable margin - Valentina & Hal scored 16 cones, Callum 10, Kerrie 10, James 9 and Zakaa 5.
After the break we moved on to Curling with kids pairing up to try and get as many stones in to the circle at the far end of the hall as possible. As you can see in the photos below Todd and Joseph managed to get all four of their red stones in to the circle which is a fantastic achievement!
The warm up this week was led by Kate with Ollie helping some of the younger kids. As you can see in the photos below we started with some stretching before some jogging around the hall. A couple of Tag games followed - the kid's favourite "Whats the Time Mr Wolf" followed by the classic Tag game of trying to get from one end of the hall to the other without being tagged.
Once all the kids were nicely warmed up it was on to some Cricket themed activities.
We started the main part of the session with some Throwing and Catching in pairs. This then turned in to a game where if you dropped a catch you dropped to one knee. Drop another catch and you were on to both knees. Another dropped catch and it was one arm behind the back as well. One last dropped catch and you were out and your opponent wins the game.
From there they played a different throwing and catching game called Champion. All the kids lined up and Kate took it in turns to throw the ball to each child. If they caught it they moved up the line but if you dropped it then down the line you went. At the end the person at the top of the line is crowned the Champion and in our game, it was won by Charlotte!
After a break for some rehydration the kids moved on to a drill focusing around throwing at wickets. As you can see in the photos below it involved the kids running and picking up a ball off a tee and then throwing at the wicket. There were tees set at different distances to test the aim and throwing ability of the kids.
Following the throwing practice the kids switched to some batting practice with the kids batting balls off of tees.
After the main break they played a game of Three Tee Cricket which somehow ended up in a 97 point draw between the teams. The session the concluded with another game of Champion which was once again won by Charlotte!
The star of the week went to one of our newer members but unfortunately we are not able to have photographs of them so no picture I am afraid but very well done anyway.
A special mention also has to go out to Callum and his mum, it was Callum's birthday last week and he brought in some lovely cakes which made the break time so much nicer! Many thanks and a very happy birthday Callum!
We hope to see you all again this coming Saturday for more fun and excitement.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.