It was a lovely day on Saturday, possibly the last good day of summer, so Alan and the team had the kids out on the playground playing some Tennis for most of the session.
After the usual warm ups it was straight in to the fun and games as the kids paired up. To start with one of each pair would throw the ball for the other to hit back using a tennis racket. After a while the roles would be reversed so that everyone had a turn practising hitting the ball with the racket. Once they were comfortable and in control of the ball when hitting they moved on to both having rackets and passing the ball to each other.
As you can see from the photos it was then time to start passing the ball back over the net. We had two courts with the group split in two, Alan in charge of one court (with assistance from Kody) and Ray on the other. The aim being simply to get the ball back over the net and in to the court.
After a break it was on to our favourite tennis game - King of the Court! This is the game where all the kids line up on one side of the net to take their turn. A leader throws a ball over the net to them and they have to return it back over the net, into the court without the ball being caught. If you succeed it is back to the end of the line to await your next time. If you are less successful then you join the other side trying to catch the ball as it come back over. Last man standing, or woman, is the king, or queen, of the court!
Towards the end of the session, for those who were done with the Tennis we did manage a little game of skittles in the Hall. At the end of the session the coaches decided that Jenny was our star of the week for getting really involved and trying hard. Well done to Jennifer!
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.