We had a great first session of the Summer term last Saturday at Oak View School. After a worryingly slow start to the morning we eventually had a pretty good turnout and it was especially great to see Joseph come along after a long absence. Hopefully he will be able to come along a few more times this term as it is always nice to see him join in.
The session started as always with a warm up led by coach Ray along with assistants Ciara and Ollie. It was then in to some Cricket by playing a few different games to work on certain skills like catching. First up was 'Champions' where the kids line up in a row and a coach (Ray) throws the tennis ball to a member at random. If you catch it you move up a place in the line but if you miss or drop the ball you go to the bottom of the line. Whoever is top of the line at the end of the game is Champion!
After Champions the coaches devised a new game, the group split in two and took it in turns to run up to a marker, pick up a tennis ball and bowl under arm at a wicket. They then ran to be wicket keeper for the next person. As wicket keeper it was their job to collect the ball after the next person had bowled and return it to the bowling marker and then make their way to the back of the queue to await their next turn.
After a quick drinks break the final cricket game was Three Tee Cricket. The same two teams faced each other and when batting each person would hit three balls off their tees trying to hit the back wall with the ball. Once all three had been hit they would shout GO and start running between the markers trying to get as many runs as possible. The fielding team would wait for the GO and then race to collect the balls and tees and return them back to their starting positions. Once that was complete the batter has to stop and their runs added to the team total. Then on to the next batter. It is a fast, furious but fun game that incorporates batting and fielding as well as team work.
After a proper break we switched sports to a nice relaxing game of target Boccia. Staying in the same two teams and carrying on the theme of aiming and throwing.
Our last sport of the day was out on the playground with a game of Hockey. It was an end to end battle with some good ball control, team work and shooting.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.