The session this week mainly focused around the sport of Rugby
We started off the session with a warm up as always - very important!
Then it was out with the Rugby balls and working in pairs passing the ball to each other. This helped familiarise the kids with the balls and helped ensure they were passing the ball correctly and therefore able to control where the ball actually went.
From there the coaches spiced it up a bit with some "over and under" passing - over the head and then between the legs with the pair back to back. Then it was side to side switching from one side of the body to the other. This helped develop quick and accurate handling of the ball. Lastly, we then ran a drill where the kids worked in threes, moving up and down the hall passing along the line and back again. The person in the middle having to catch and pass in both directions.
Lastly, we then ran a drill where the kids worked in threes, moving up and down the hall passing along the line and back again. The person in the middle having to catch and pass in both directions.
After a quick drinks break the coaches moved on to some circle work, with the group forming one big circle. They passed one ball around the circle, then crossing the circle to pass to a colleague. Last of all they each took a turn to play "beat the circle". Each player starts with the ball and passes to the player next to them. They then run around the outside of the circle while the rest of the group pass the ball to each other around the inside of the circle. The idea being that the group try and pass the ball around the circle fast enough to beat the runner before they get back.
The last bit of Rugby was a game called Hunter. This a tag game where the kids compete against each other in pairs. Each take it in turns to be hunted or the hunter. One child will run to the end of the hall and collect a ball and return to the start without getting tagged. The other child has to run to the far end, around a cone, and then try and tag their opponent before they get the ball back
We finished our session by taking the pace down a bit with some games of Boccia. Ray split the group in to two teams and the players took it in turns to try and get their ball in to one of the hoops. As the games progressed the number of hoops to aim for reduced making it harder to score and making accurate bowling a must.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.