Our final session of the half term saw us practising our cricket skills.
We welcomed two new members this week - Sam and Rhys - welcome to you both!
Ray led the warm up as usual and then the kids paired up for some catching practice. They did a bounce pass to each other trying to catch the ball each time. Coach Alan then introduced a spot between each pair to try and hit with the ball with each throw.
After a quick drinks break the group split in to three with Ray, Ollie and Alan each leading a game of Champion. They would throw the ball to each player in turn. If they caught the ball they would move up the line but drop it and they move to the bottom of the line. The person at the top of the line when the game ended was crowned the Champion. Hal won in Ollie's group, Todd in Ray's group and new boy Sam in Alan's group.
We then focused on throwing at the wickets and fielding routines.
To start with the kids were tasked with picking up the ball from a cone, moving it to the next cone, running round the stumps and then moving the ball back. This helps with co-ordination and getting the kids used to picking the ball up on the run.
We then did some throwing at the wickets practice, getting further away with each round. Lastly, we had a quick competition. Hit the stumps and you stay in but miss with your throw and you have to sit out. With each round we moved the ball further away. The winner was Todd who was the only person to hit the stumps from the furthest position away. Well done Todd!
After the break we played a couple of games of Three Tee Cricket. The group split in to two teams and each took a turn to bat or field. Each batter hit each of three balls of a tee. They then had to get as many runs between the wickets in the time it takes the fielding team to return the tees and the balls to their starting positions. Alan then added up all the runs scored by each player for a grand total for each team. The first game ended 58 to 51 in favour of Zakaa's team. The second game was also won by Zakaa's team, this time 53 to 44.
We finished off with some games of Boccia with the last game ending in a 3-3 tie
Our stars of the week this week were Todd and new boy Sam - well done lads!
We are off for half term next week so will be back on Saturday 25th at 10am - we look forwards to seeing you all then!
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.