Despite it being a very sad weekend with all the events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II's funeral it was good to get outside and have some fun with kids. We made the most of the good weather and were outside on the playground on Saturday. We started off with a warm-up led by Ray, who was back from his holiday in France. From there we played some Parachute Games.
It was then on to the main sport of Cricket. We started off working in pairs throwing and catching with each other. We were doing bounce passes where you throw the ball to the ground so that it bounces once before reaching your partner for them to catch. From there Alan added a spot between each pair. The idea being to hit the spot with your throw each time thus practicing accurate throwing.
We then moved on to throwing at the wickets. Once you had taken your turn you became the wicket keeper for the next person. As wicket keeper you returned the ball to the next in line.
After a drinks break we progressed to some batting practice - hitting the tennis ball off a tee and aiming at stumps at the far end of the playground.
After the main break we split in to two teams to put all that good practice to use. We played a game of Three Tee Cricket. This is where the fielding team stay motionless while the batter hits three tennis balls, off of three tees. The fielding team are not allowed to stop or block any of the balls. Only once the last ball has been hit can the fielders move. They must then collect the three tennis balls and the three tees and put them back to their starting positions as soon as possible. While that happens the batter runs between wickets as fast as they can to get runs. Each batter has a turn and Alan used all his fingers and toes to count up all the runs. The teams then switched over with the batting team taking a turn to field and vice-versa. At the end of the game Hal's team had scored 87 runs but Callum's team won with 92 runs
We then finished off the session with some games of Boccia in the hall using the same teams as we had in the cricket. Initially the kids were aiming at hoops with Callum's team having the blue balls aiming for the blue hoop and Hal's red team with red balls and hoop. It was a very close competition that the blue team just edged. The final game was nearest the (white) Jack and the red team won that game.
You may have noticed that I managed to take a lot of photos - too many to caption, especially as it a shorter working week this week. Therefore, apologies for the lack of captions but I am sure you can work out who was doing what in each won.
At the end of the session the coaching team awarded the Star of the Week awards to Ellis and Todd who both did really well - great job boys!
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.