Communication skills are essential for effective football3 mediation and overall facilitation. This activity helps sharpen some key, communication-related skills.



The Community Circle is an activity designed to train overall communication skills, including talking, listening and empathy

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Length of the session


Number of participants

6 - 18

Age of participants

16 and older


Classroom or other space to hold session, chairs, "talking piece"

Required knowledge, skills and preparation of the trainer

Basic facilitation and communication skills

Session plan

Session plan

Warm-up (10')


If desired, you can do a short ice-breaker activity of your choice to start the session



First half (10')


Introduce the notion of communication skills and ask participants what elements they think are a part of 'communication skills'.
Explain that communication is more than just talking, but also includes listening and empathy.


Second half (20')


1. Before beginning this activity, choose a “talking piece” – this is an object that will be passed around the group and shows that the holder has exclusive speaking rights. You can use a football, a toy or any other object that is easy to hold and pass around.
2. Arrange the chairs in a circle or sit on the floor with the whole class.
3. Tell participants that in the Community Circle, only one person may talk at a time and everyone must listen quietly and respectfully to whoever is speaking. Show the class the talking piece you have chosen, and explain that only the individual holding the talking piece may speak.
4. Do a first, short round and have participants pass the talking piece around the circle. This is an opportunity for everyone to hold and pass the talking piece, as well as an opportunity for participants to say a few quick words about how they are feeling or what is on their mind.
5. After the first round, introduce a topic or ask a question that you would like the circle to respond to. For example, you can ask the participants about what fair play means to them, about how they feel when they are playing football, or about challenges in their communities.
6. After you have sparked the conversation, make sure to take your seat in the circle and become a member rather than a leader.
7. Ensure that everyone gets a chance to speak at least once. Continue the activity as time allows, or until the participants run out of things to say.


Third half (15')


Wrap-up and reflect on the activity. Potential reflection questions include
How did it feel to have to wait until being able to speak?
How did it feel to listen to others? Did you want to talk or intervene while you were listening?
How can the skills here can apply to the (football3) mediation process or to facilitation in general?



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