Our last session before the Easter break started as always with some warm up games which included some stretches and the favourite warm up game – What’s the Time Mr Wolf?
We then moved on to our main sport of Hockey starting off with some skills practice. So first up was “following the line” which was literally trying to control the ball with the hockey stick as you followed the line on the floor. This then moved naturally on to dribbling the ball around a string of cones. Next up was the Traffic light game where the members have to obey the signal held up by the coach – green for go, amber for moving the ball side to side on the spot and finally red for stop.
After the traffic light game, the members paired up for the next activity. In this each pair started on a different spot and when directed by the coach would move around with the ball. When the coach then called out “Change” they would stop and pass to their partner who would then take their turn until Change was called out once more. This was then made that little bit harder with the introduction of cones, so the members would have to move the ball around the cones and then try and avoid them when passing to their partner back on the spot.
At break time we all tucked in to some delicious hot cross buns -with butter! - that Callum had brought in. A big thank you to Callum and his mum for treating us.
After the break we split the groups in to three teams so that we could play some hockey games using benches for goals at either end. This put in to use all the things the kids had been practising this morning including ball control and passing - with the added aspects of shooting and goal tending.
We played quite a few curling matches, after our main break, using the yellow target that Alan had borrowed and brought in from Hare Street School in Harlow. Members were paired off and brought up to play each other. One would play the red stones and their opponent the blue stones. They had four stones each to throw and the winner was the player who got the most stones on the target. Each member played at least one game with the more enthusiastic ones playing two or even three games.
Our final Star of the Week award went to Callum for his great skill shown throughout the Hockey games and partly because he brought in all those yummy buns (bribery does work sometimes!). Well done Callum! Everyone was a winner though as, being Easter, there was an Easter Egg for each person at the end of the session.
We are now closed for three weeks for the Easter Holidays so look forward to seeing everyone back for the start of summer term on April 21st. In the mean time, from everyone at Epping Forest Sportability Club we wish you a Happy Easter and hope you enjoy the break whatever you get up to.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.