It was good to be back after half term and last weeks cancelled meeting. We had a great turnout and some new faces as well. A very warm welcome to Sonny and Hayyan who both got stuck in and seemed to enjoy the session.
After a warm-up led by Ray it was straight into our main sport for the week, Rugby. We started with a game of Rob the Nest, where the group split in to four small teams and have to try and get as many of the rugby balls as possible into their nests by taking from opponents nests. It is a fast and furious game and a lot of fun.
We then did some skills work by working in pairs. Firstly, it was passing to each other but then we incorporated passing the ball around the waist and then around the legs. After that we did some passing over and under and side to side with the pairs standing back to back.
The last activity before the break was some games of Hunter which is a tag rugby game. The coaches picked two members to go up against each other and they took it in turns so that one was the hunter and one was being hunted. The hunter having to grab a tag from the opposition's waist band before they grabbed a ball and got it back to the other end of the hall.
After the main break we headed outside on to the playground, as the weather was okay for mid-November. Alan had the group going through some Rugby drills. They started by working in a circle, passing around it then running across it and passing to a player on the other side. They then split in to four groups with each having a row of cones to run around before passing to the next person. Alan then switched it up so that when they returned with the ball, they went to the back of the queue and had to pass the ball to the front by rolling it between everyone's legs (i.e. the rest of the group forming a tunnel with their legs). They finished off with each member standing by one of the cones. They then passed the ball along the line with the last player moving to the front and everyone moving up one cone. That pattern was then repeated so it was passing and some running.
We finished the session off back in the hall. Keeping the same four groups of members we had a few quick games of Boccia. All in all a wonderful session and at the end the coaches award the star of the week awards to Hal and Zakaa - well done lads, well deserved.
Join us again next Saturday to see what sports Alan and the other coaches have in store for us.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.