Another good session at Epping Forest Sportability Club this week with Rugby being the main sport, as well as some putting and boccia.
Ray led the group in a warm up to start with - stretching and twisting to get limbered up.
The kids then paired up and grabbed a rugby ball between them and practiced passing the ball between them, as instructed by Alan. Alan then made it harder by asking the kids, when they caught the ball, to throw it up in the air and clap their hands, before catching it and passing it back. Once they had that mastered he switched it up again by asking them to move the ball around their waist, after catching the ball, before throwing it in the air to clap and catch then pass it back to their partner to do the same.
Once the pair work was complete Alan got all the kids to form a circle. To start with Alan had the kids run to the centre, one at a time, and pass to a person on the opposite side. Once passed they would take the catchers place and the catcher then became the passer.
Next up was a game called "Beat the Ball", the idea being that each child had a turn to pass the ball to the person next to them in the circle. They then had to run around the outside of the circle while the rest passed the ball around the circle. The idea being that the child would run around and get back to their starting position before the ball - hence Beat the Ball
After a quick drinks break the group played a game called Hunter. This is a tag rugby game where the kids paired up and raced each other. One would run and get a ball from the hoop at the far end and try and get back without getting tagged. Their opponent would, at the same time, run to a cone at the far end of the hall, go around it then try and grab a tag from their opponents waist band before they got back home. Once that was done, the pair would switch roles so the hunter became the hunted.
After the main break we did Putting - the kids trying to hit a ball from a tee in to a hoop opposite, at the far end of the hall
Lastly, we played some games of Boccia with the group splitting in to two teams, reds and blues. The red team won a very close first leg but the blue team got their revenge winning the second leg two-nil. The blue team then won the next couple of games to become the overall winners. Todd was awarded Star of the Week
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.