The main sport this week was Hockey and as you can see in the photos above and below that meant starting with some stick work and controlling the ball around the cones laid out up and down the hall. That led to a few one-on-one races up and down the course.
From there we moved on to bench hockey where the group split in to two teams and each team sits behind a bench with their sticks poking through the gaps, facing the other team. Each team is aiming to get the ball in to the goal at the end to their right. So in effect the teams are going in opposite directions much like a normal hockey match. It is all about team work, getting the ball from the person defending the team goal along the row to the attacker who can shoot.
After a refreshment break we completed the Hockey with a "normal" match. The teams used the whole hall and the benches became the goals at either end. They put all the skills they had practised to good use and along with some teamwork it made for an energetic match.
The session ended with a game of Benchball, using the benches once more. The game starts with one member of each team standing on the far bench. The rest then have to pass the ball up the pitch and after at least three passes, without the ball hitting the floor, they can try and pass to the team member on the bench. If it is caught then the person throwing the ball joins them on the bench. If not, then play passes over to the other team. The team who gets all their players on the bench first is the winner.
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.