This week's session included some Parachute Games, a bit of High Jump and Tennis.
We were missing a few of the usual suspects, probably due to the dreaded Covid, but it was great to see Hetvi back after quite a while and also great to welcome another new member - Jack.
After a warm up led by Ray, Ollie then called the shots in a traffic light game including running and jumping on the spot. The team then got out the big multi-coloured parachute and Ray came up with all sorts of great games. One of the new games was trying to get a ball to hit the bullseye in the middle of the parachute - not easy with over a dozen people pulling it up and down!
After the parachute games concluded it was out with the crash mat for some High Jump practice. As you can see from the photos, the level of the rope to jump over was not massive but it was all about co-ordination - making sure the run up was good, taking off at the right point and landing safely.
After the High Jump practice was over and the kids had had a quick drink it was time to get outside in the sunshine for some Tennis. Alan, Ray and Ollie led the kids through some skills practice such as balancing a tennis ball on the racket, bouncing the ball up on the racket and then bouncing the ball between racket and the ground. They then played some games of Build a Burger. This is where they balance tennis balls sandwiched between tennis rackets. It starts with one ball between two players rackets and they make their way up and down the playground trying not to drop the ball. Then another player joins in adding another layer of tennis ball and racket so two balls layered between three rackets. So it progresses and it gets harder to control as you add more layers.
We then played one of our favourite games - King of the Court. This is where a coach, in this case Ollie, throws a ball over the net for the kids to hit. They must get it back over the net and into the court to stay in the game. If successful they join the back of the queue for the next round. If they fail to get it back over the net OR fail to get it in the court OR get caught out then they join Ollie on the other side of the net as a fielder trying to catch the others out. The last person standing is then crowned King or Queen of the court.
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Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.