Inclusive games to play with people with complex disabilities

We believe that everyone has the right to enjoy sports and activities and that these are vital for living full, rich and engaged lives.

The purpose

This resource is designed to give you suitable games and activities that can be enjoyed with little or no equipment or in any sized space, helping people to be more active.

Who is it for?

It has been compiled for people of all ages with complex disabilities and for people supporting them.

The benefit

Regular exercise is important to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. For people living with complex disabilities, it can provide a number of benefits including: 

  • Making new friends
  • Weight loss
  • Keeping fit
  • Improving communication
  • Learning new skills 

Top tips

  • Participants are more likely to engage in games if their support workers are taking part and engaged as well.
  • Make things more sensory e.g. by adding noise, texture or smell.
  • Including time at the start of each session for individuals to feel the equipment and understand the area can help.
  • Supporting a participant to actively take part in a way that is appropriate for them.
  • As with all sport and physical activity sessions, make sure you have completed a risk assessment of the equipment and space to make sure it is safe to use.


Here we describe some of the skills participants will develop by taking part in these activities. This is not an exhaustive list – participants will be working on many different skills.

Stay connected

We’d love to hear what you think of our games. Have you adapted them in any way to meet the needs of your participants, or have you come up with any new versions? Maybe some of the participants you work with have seen improvements in their health, skills or confidence levels too? 

We’d love to hear your stories, please let us know by emailing [email protected], and we’ll be in touch to find out more. You can also stay connected through Twitter by tagging @Sensecharity and including #SenseActive.

What next?

If you have enjoyed these games you can find more sport and physical activity sessions delivered by Sense Active.

This content was last reviewed in April 2022. We’ll review it again next year.