This week at EFSC, We were getting inspired by the upcoming Wimbledon Tennis championships and played tennis! Coach Alan led todays session helped by Ray Ollie, Georgia and Sophie. We started with some gentle jogging as a warm up before starting the activities with some throwing and catching practice. Working in pairs throwing and catching a tennis ball to each other it helps develop the members gross motor skills. Concentrating on throwing the ball in a controlled manner both in terms of aim and ball speed. Similarly, when catching it is important to move to the ball and get your hands in the correct position to catch properly. These are things we often take for granted but as always practice makes perfect!
Next up we quickly practised passing the ball to each other using the tennis racquets and so learning to hit the ball in a controlled manner. After this we moved on to hitting the ball back over the net. We set up two tennis courts with Ray in charge of one court and Ollie the other. Members took it in turns to hit the ball back over the net from a ball thrown to them by Ollie and Ray. Alan, Sophie and Georgia were assisting members with their technique.
After a drinks break we put all these skills to use as we all played 'King/Queen of the Court'. In this game, the aim is to be the latest person still in play and thus becoming the "Queen" or "King" of the court. Ollie was in charge throwing the ball over the net to each member in turn. To stay in play the member had to hit the ball back over the net and get the ball in to the court without being caught. If they succeeded they would go to the back of the line to await another turn. If they were less successful they were out and became a catcher alongside Ollie. This game helped our members develop their ability to control the ball and hit it over the tennis net. At the end it was Theo, one of our youngest and smallest members who was "last person standing" and so crowned King of the Court.
Finally, the 'Star of the Week' this week is our member Jennifer. She received this award from the coaches for demonstrating fanastic throwing, passing and hitting skills throughout todays session! Very well done!
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.