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.
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Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.