ETS – Put Yourself in Other People’s Shoes
Activity suitable to use for teamwork and cooperation, also issues as inclusion, disability, etc.
Number of people to be involved
10 – 16 participants
Space and Technical requirements
A big sport hall or a proper open space, flipchart, paper, pens, sticky tape, sleeping belts, cones, stopwatch, chalk, training bibs of different colors.
(expected learning outcomes)
To raise awareness for people with disabilities by using sport as a tool to provoke teamwork & cooperation, problem solving, empathy, understanding, and citizenship by putting “in the other people’s shoes”.
The session step by step (with timing and responsibilities)
А light workout to warm the body of the participants (stretching, running, various exercises for different parts of the body as head, neck, shoulders, abdomens, thighs, calves, feet).
The aim is to avoid any possible traumas to the participants. The coach need to gain knowledge regarding the appreciative inquiry and prepare how to introduce the participants to this approach.
Divide participants into equal/ teams.
At the beginning, the coach explains the rules of activity. The teams have 3 minutes for practicing and strategy. During the crossing of the obstacles, the participants from the other teams must keep silence. Each participant has to go through various obstacles with blindfolds.
Each of the team members must pass at least once through the obstacles If the participant fails on an obstacle, he/she returns to the beginning of the obstacle until he/she pass it.
Team time is a sum of the individual times of each team member. The time of the individual participant should not be displayed to the other participants. The time is counted from the facilitator, coach or trainer.
The total time of the team is secret until the end of the activity.
At the beginning, the coach explains the rules of activity. They are supposed to act as a snake (built from all members in the team) with the aim of pass without penalty by obstacles.
The teams have 5 minutes for training and strategy.
During the crossing of the obstacles, the participants from the other teams must keep silence.
The Snake has to go through various obstacles, each member of the team is blindfolded. If the team fails on an obstacle, the Snake returns to the beginning of the obstacle until pass it.
The time is counted from the facilitator, coach or trainer. The total time of the team is secret until the end of the activity. At the end of the activity, the time of each team in Part 1 and Part 2 is summed up and compared to the times of the other team. The winner is the team with the shortest time.
(Synthesis of emerging key issues, most important outputs, results of the session – that will be included in the report)
Secure the place of activity – safety is first!
Explain very well the rules of all participants; Make sure they understand them!
Take the time and attention needed for debriefing. The question may be:
What happened during the game?
How did you feel during the exercise?
Do you know people in this state in the real life?
Did you learn anything new about yourself?
Did you manage to work together?
What problems did you have getting organised?
What responsibility did each group member have?
How could they improve their performance?
What skills did you need?
How do you feel?
Did you enjoy the game?
What did you like/dislike about it?
Is it an activity you would use/adapt for others?