It was good to be back after the half term break for what turned out to be a session full of racket sports.
As usual the session started with a number of warm up exercises that you can see in a few photos below. These included some warm up jogs around the hall and some games of What's the time Mr Wolf?"
Once everyone was limbered up it was time to start the badminton and that started with some basic skills such as hitting the shuttlecock up in the air repeatedly without it dropping to the floor, a bit like keepy-uppy in football. That then moved on to hitting and catching in pairs with one player hitting and the other catching and throwing it back for the player to hit again. They would then switch around so everyone got a chance to practice. After that both players had rackets and they would try and hit to each other in their pairs.
Finally, they progressed to playing in their pairs over the net.
It was then time for a break for refreshments but before long they were back on court playing some more rallies and switching pairs around. Lesley took a LOT of photos of the Badminton and I have selected some of the best ones here.
Once we were done with Badminton the kids had their main snack / drink break by which time the weather had improved sufficiently to get out on to the playground where the rest of the session was dedicated to Tennis. To start with they grabbed a racket and ball each and practised hitting the ball up and keeping it in the air (keepy-uppy) and then bouncing the ball on the ground with the racket This was quickly followed by a game of King of the Court where the kids aim to be the last person standing. They line up and take it in turns to return a ball back over the net and critically to get it back inside the court without being caught. If they fail to get it back over the net OR it goes out of the court OR they are caught then they are OUT and join the pitcher on the other side of the net to try and catch the others out. To be crowned King or Queen the member must be the last person left.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.