First on today's itinerary (after a warm-up of course!) was dodge-ball. We split ourselves into teams of 4, and aimed the soft balls at our opponents legs in order to get them 'out'. To get team members back into to game We had to pass them a ball or they could catch a ball .
Next everyone took part in some outdoor activities. We played 'Rob the Nest', which consists of teams collecting as many tennis balls as possible from the central hoop (one-at-a-time) in 5 minutes. Then, the teams had to steal tennis balls from opposing teams and return them to their teams 'nest'. At the end of the game, Coach Alan would count the number of tennis balls in each teams 'nest', and those with the greatest number would win the game.
After a refreshment break it was out on to the main field for a while to practice throwing, the idea being to throw tennis balls towards one of the coaches. Trying to throw correctly, getting maximum distance whilst getting the aim right were all factors to be mastered.
Using those skills it was then back to the playground for a game of Handball. For those that do not know Handball is like Football but using the hands - obviously! The only difference is that once you catch the ball you must pass it without moving. So it is a game of "pass and move" with quick passes between team mates as you run up the pitch. To be honest some of the players found it harder to stand still with the ball and wanted to get closer to the goal. Others were keen to shoot - even if they were closer to the half way line. However, as the game progressed they got to grip with the rules and the tactics. The only problem for the red team was that Ollie was in goal for the yellow team and he was not letting anyone score! Kerrie did a fantastic job in the red team's goal so the score was pretty low but the yellow team edged the game overall to come out winners.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.