Being non-judgmental through encouragement and praise

Building confidence

Being consistent and reliable

Respecting and maintaining privacy and boundaries

Being helpful and enabling


Understand the importance of developing trust

Created by

CAIS - Associacao de Solidariedade Social

Length of the session


Number of participants

8 +

Age of participants

16 - 24


Coloured cones, blindfolds, flipchart paper, flipchart pens, and booklets.

Required knowledge, skills and preparation of the trainer

Basic group management and facilitation skills.

Session plan

Session plan

Warm-up (5')


Short energizer activity or warm-up.



First half (20')


• ASK the group as a whole to list ways who they see as trustworthy in football and why?
• ASK them to write a list of seven ways to develop trust

TRUST GAME NUMBER 1 – Circle of Trust

• One person goes in middle of a circle of 4-6 others.  
• In the circle all place their hands on the shoulders of the person in the middle.  
• The person in the middle closes their eyes and should keep body tension. They are then gradually tipped in and out of balance to different parts of the circle, their feet remained fixed on one spot.
• Make sure there are no gaps in the circle and that the person is not shoved.
• Repeat the activity with different people in the middle.



Second half (30')


TRUST GAME NUMBER 2 – Blindfold Game

ASK the group to work in pairs – ask them to work with someone they have hardly spoken to and don’t know very well. One person is blindfolded and spun around so that they don’t know which direction they are headed and their partner has to clearly direct them towards coloured cones, which are scattered on the ground. The person that is blindfolded has to pick up cones one by one. Each pair then switches roles and repeats the activity. Next (and to make this activity even harder) one person is blindfolded and their partner has to direct them towards the cones placed on the ground BUT they are only able to use ONE SOUND PER INSTRUCTION to direct their partner, for example they can clap to signal their partner to pick the cone up. When they have completed this, each pair switches roles.



Cool-down (5')


Allow the players to stretch and have a drink



Third half (20')


BRING the group together and lead a discussion:
How did it feel to have the blindfold on at the start?
Did you feel confident that your teammates would keep you safe and help you through the course?
Did anyone make a mistake or go off course? Did that change how confident you were that they would keep you safe?

RECAP that trust can be developed in a number of ways and ask the group if they would like to add to what they shared at the beginning of the activity.
ASK the group to reflect about trust after these activities and write their thoughts in their booklets.





- Describe ways to develop trust: Provide a list of seven ways to develop trust
- Implement trust in group activities: Take part in trust activities and demonstrate how to develop and maintain trust






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