We had a really good turn out this week to enjoy some sports in the summer sun, while it lasted. This week was mainly about cricket and following on from some of the skills practiced last week we started off with some throwing and catching practice. Using tennis balls we again practiced in pairs throwing to each other and catching. As the pairs got better they moved further apart making the aim of the throw important and a bit trickier to catch. We then moved on to throwing at a target, in this case the cricket stumps. Coach Alan demonstrated how the ball was to be thrown then oversaw as each member took their turn.
After a short drinks break we split the group in half to play two variations of cricket. Outside in the sun members took it in turns to bat while the rest of the group bowled or fielded. Inside in the hall they played Three Tee cricket and a couple of the photos below show quite well how it is played. The members take it in turns to bat and try and get as many runs as possible. When batting they hit the three tennis balls off their tee's and try to get them to hit the opposite wall for extra runs. Then they have to get as many runs between the wickets as they can before the fielding team return the three balls and tees to their original positions. It is a fun, fast and frenetic game.
After a while the two groups switched between inside and outside so they got to experience the fun of both games.
After another break we finished off with more games in the two groups. Outside they played some games of football with coach Ray in charge whilst inside Ciara led some basketball shooting practice. At the end of a very active and fun session the coaches awarded the Star of the Week award to Charlotte, one of our original members who has been coming for over 10 years. Well done Charlotte!
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.