It was great to be back after a lovely break for Christmas and New Year. It was a little cold in Oakview School as the heating wasn't working so we kept active throughout the session to keep warm, and help burn off some of those mince pies and chocolates we all had over Christmas no doubt.
The main sport this week was Cricket and after the usual warm ups they got straight in to the action with some pairs work doing Throwing & Catching. This was then followed by some throwing to stumps, this helps practice accurate throwing including speed of throw and direction.
Alan then introduced a "Fielding" routine which involved rolling the ball out towards the fielder who would pick it up and throw it back to the stumps. If you watch cricket you will notice that fielders position themselves behind the ball almost in a kneeling position. They also get both hands together to form a cup for the ball to go in to. These things together ensure the ball gets scooped up first time and does not end up going between your legs and off down the pitch! Obviously the object in Cricket being to get the ball back to the stumps as quickly as possible to prevent conceding any more runs and to possibly get a run out.
Next up was a Batting game with the kids hitting tennis balls off of plastic tees towards targets. The coaches came up with a scoring system to introduce a bit of competitiveness in to proceedings which also encouraged directing the ball when hitting it. At the end of the game the scores were totaled and Callum won with 160 points. Well done Callum!
After the break it was time to put the skills practiced to good use in a game of Quick Cricket. Ollie took a couple of the youngsters off to the ball pool for some fun at the same time. They then came back to the hall in time for the final game which was Dodgeball as that includes good aim and throwing, as well as agility and running (to keep warm).
It was good to be back and see all the kids enjoying themselves again. The Star of the week award was given this week to Alexander who was able to stay for the whole session this week and participated really well.
Join us again next Saturday when hopefully the heating will be fixed and the school will be a bit warmer!
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.