In the week that saw the end of the humiliation of the England Cricket team in the Ashes down under, we were busy cultivating our own cricketing stars.
Once the group were all warmed up we started off with some simple catching and throwing routines. Firstly the group started with bouncing and catching a ball with both hands. Then they did the same but catching with only one hand. They then went on to working in pairs - throwing and catching with each other.
With everyone confident in their catching abilities we put it to practice with a game of Champion. This is where the kids line up facing a coach. There is just one ball and the coach will call out a kids name and throw the ball to them. If they catch it they move up the line. If they drop the ball they go to the back of the line. Whoever is at the top of the line at the end of the game is the Champion.
Once the Champion game was complete we went back to more practicing by throwing the ball to wickets and then on to batting practice.
After the break, for drinks and snacks, we played some games of Three Tee Cricket. The group split in to two teams with each taking a turn to bat and field. When batting, each player takes a turn to hit three tennis balls off of three tees. The fielding team are not allowed to touch the balls until the third ball has been hit. Then the batter tries to get as many runs between the wickets in the time it takes the fielding team to put the three balls back on the three tees and return to the fielding side of the hall. Once everyone on the batting side has taken a turn the teams switch so the batters then field and the fielding team take their turn at batting. In the end Pranav's team managed 50 runs but Callum's team amassed 60 runs.
T finish off the session we took the pace down a notch as we played some games of Curling. The kids took it in turns to try and get the "stones" inside one of the basketball circles marked out at the far end of the hall. Then it got harder as it was whoever got closest to the centre circle
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.