Inclusive sports skills – Balancing the ball

Get to grips with how to balance a ball in this easy-to-follow inclusive sports workshop, which can be done in your own space.

You don’t need any specialist equipment either – just follow the video at your own pace and enjoy learning new skills! This is video four of a series of six.

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a workshop for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a sports activity that promotes fitness and wellbeing, and helps people use their senses to connect with their surroundings, exploring touch while supporting independent choice and learning new skills.

What happens in the video?

Step 1

Before you get started, make sure you have a clear space around you, a chair nearby, a glass of water and remember to take breaks if you need. You’ll need a tennis ball and a plastic plate.

Step 2

Hold the ball between two upturned palms. Then try balancing the ball on the palm of one of your hands.

Step 3

Now hold a plastic plate between your two hands and balance the ball on top of it. Then try balancing the plate and the ball on just one hand.

Step 4

Holding the plate and balls with two hands, make an upward motion to make the ball fly upwards off the plate, and catch it again. See if you can keep it on the plate!

This activity was created by inclusive sports organisation LuSu Sports.