Activity in Focus: ZORBING

You may have seen and read about our centres and checked out our itineraries, but we thought it was about time to focus in on our activities so you know just what to expect if you choose to join us for an Adventure Central experience.

This week is all about Zorbing! A high-energy modern sport (well we certainly don’t remember taking part in anything like this when we were in primary school!) guaranteed to provide a fun challenge full of laughter and memories. We even have the testimonials to match: ‘I think my favourite activity was body zorbing because we just kept on falling over. It was hilarious when Ms Maraki did sumo wrestling and when I nearly got her out of the circle.’ Despite the laughs and absolute fun, we promise it’s not all Laurel and Hardy, there are learning outcomes too! Either as a team or an individual, this recreational activity encourages communication, ability to follow rules, development of trust in self and others and teamwork.


In 2001, Zorbing entered the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, and is defined as: “a sport in which a participant is secured inside an inner capsule in a large, transparent ball which is then rolled along the ground or down hills”.

However, it’s official, the zorbing industry is growing, from Classic Zorbing (described above) we now have Aqua Zorbing, LED Zorbing, Body Zorbing and Disco Zorbing with the opportunities and interpretations of this sport becoming endless! However, here at Adventure Central we are simply leaving it at BODY ZORBING for the time being.

Body Zorbing involves wearing a Zorb (which essentially is a plastic bubble) over your body, leaving only your legs to operate as usual. Wearing the Zorb, pupils then have the opportunity to take part in and compete in a wide choice of games and activities. Pupils are then free to bump and tumble into one another without feeling the impact. The two games we love to host are Zorbing Football and Sumo Zorb. Both exactly as they say on the tin; football where all team members wear a Zorb whilst playing football and Sumo wrestles with Zorbs on. Sliding tackles will never be the same again!


Our activities would not be complete without learning outcomes. Whilst we want all pupils on our residential trips to have as much fun as possible through new experiences, we also want them to return home or to the classroom having learnt something new or having been able to develop their skills to help them learn in the future. Therefore, each and every one of our activities have learning outcomes (these can be found on our download section) but here are the outcomes for Body Zorbing:

Understand risks and potential hazards involved in an activity

Develop new physical skills

Work with others to achieve

Improve Balance

Use tactics in the basic principles of defence and attack games

Adhering to rule bound activities

We hope this has given you an insight into Body Zorbing so you know just what to expect when your child or school visits us at one of our school residential centres. Don’t forget, if you want to find out more,


Here are some fun facts about Zorbing and its origins!

Zorbing was developed in New Zealand by Dwane van der Sluis and David Akers in 1994


Andrew Flintoff, the former England cricketer holds the record for the fastest 100m in a Zorb Ball: 26.59 seconds. New Olympic sport anyone?


A person using a Zorb is called a ZORBONAUT


The first time something similar to Zorbing appeared on British television was in the popular 90′s TV show Gladiators, in an event called Atlaspheres (now that’s something we do remember!) However, unlike modern Zorb balls the spheres were made out of steel.

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