As Wimbledon gets underway our young stars played Tennis themselves this week at Epping Forest Sportability Club. After waiting weeks for some good weather we had an absolute scorcher on Saturday which meant we had to be careful that we were not out in the sun for too long.
We started the session with a warm up making good use of the schools outside gym equipment. It was then straight in to the Tennis with each child grabbing a tennis racket and ball. Starting with some basics we balanced a ball on the racket as we moved around, then we started hitting the ball up and then hitting the ball down - bouncing it between ground and racket We then moved on to pairing up with kids either side of two rows of cones. One child would bounce the ball to their partner who had to hit it back so that it could be caught. After a while roles were reversed so that everyone had a chance to get to hit the ball back.
After a much need drinks break to cool down we stayed in the school hall to escape the heat for a while and to play a game of King of the Court. This is a favourite game where each player takes it in turn to try and return a ball over the net. The ball must land in the court and must not be caught by a fielder. If you succeed you join the back of the queue to go again. Should you fail to get the ball over the net OR are outside the court OR are caught out then you join the fielding side on the other side of the net. Last child standing is the Queen or King of the Court.
The kids had lots of fun with Anand catching Coach Al out, Callum got Ray out and the last one standing was little Liam. Well done Liam
After the first game it was time for a well earned break for drinks and replenishments. Once back in the hall they loved the game so much they played another game. This time it was Anand who emerged victorious. We rounded off the session with some games of Boccia - the perfect game when the heat is rising, nice and relaxing!
Epping Forest Sportability Club is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties.