Despite the weather being significantly colder this week we still managed to get our on to the playground for a lovely session based around cricket.
Ray led the warm up as usual before we started on the cricket skills practice. The kids paired up for some throwing and catching. They started off with bounce passes then trying to hit a spot on the floor as the passed. We then moved to some games of champion with Cliff running a game for one half of the group while Ray led the other half in a separate game. They then combined in to one big group but with both Ray and Cliff throwing balls for the kids to catch. Congrats to Anand who was at the top of the queue when the game ended and was therefore crowned the Champion!
After the games of champion we finished off the morning with a shuttle fielding game and then throwing at wickets. The group was split in to four small teams so they each got plenty of turns.
After the main break we put all that fielding practice to good use as we played some games of Three Tee Cricket. The group split in to two teams led by Todd and Harry. The batting team take it in turn to hit three tennis balls off of three plastic tees. Once the last ball is hit they then try and get as many runs, between two wickets, as they can before the fielding team can return the three balls back on to the three tees in the original places. The fielding team are not allowed to touch any of the balls until the final ball is hit.
The first game incredibly ended in a draw at 76 runs each per team. A re-match was called for and this time we put the wickets further apart to make the runs harder to come by. I am not sure if it was quicker fielding or the fact the kids were getting tired but this time Todd's team managed 61 runs but Harry's team ran out winners with a creditable 72 runs. The games were great fun and all the kids did really well.
It was a great session overall and good to be out in the fresh air for the whole session.
At the end the coaches awarded the star of the week awards to Todd and Kerrie - very well done to you both!
Join us next Saturday for the last session before the half term break.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.