After listening to friends in Melbourne rave about how much fun they’d been having playing soccer whilst wearing giant, inflatable spheres that enabled them to run headlong into each other at full speed, bounce off and roll around all over the place, I was probably the most excited person in all of SA when I discovered that Adelaide had it’s very own collection of inflatable balls to wear!
Bubble Sports SA bounced their way into the Adelaide scene earlier this year and if you’re lucky enough to have nine or more friends who are just as eager as you are to run around and smash into each other whilst wearing a clear, inflatable ball with an in-built harness then you, my friend, are in luck! It just so happens that I managed to find 10 such people and a few weekends ago we put on our running gear and we headed down to Emmaus School in Woodcroft, ready to have a ball! (see what I did there?)
Chris and Dan are the two friendly and enthusiastic bubble-fanatics who own and run Bubble Sports SA, and they are happy to roll up to any suitable Adelaide metropolitan location that’s convenient for you and set you up with an hour or more of bubble soccer fun. Once you arrive at the location and get the signing of the waiver out of the way (really, what’s going to happen to you in a bubble?), they run you through a safety brief, educate you on the most effective ways of getting yourself into your bubble and then, it’s game on!
Now, most of us playing on this particular day were reasonably fit people but it would be less than honest of me if I didn’t say that most of us were just a little bit tired by half-way through our one hour bubble session. It’s surprising how much harder running is when you can’t move your arms! Not to mention the number of times we had to pick ourselves up off the ground (again, without arms) after the many, many collisions that occurred accidentally/on purpose. Another point of note was that we were also quite blessed with the weather that day. A cool but sunny winter’s day made for perfect conditions for wearing a plastic bubble because, even at 14 degrees, it got very hot and sweaty in there. I don’t know that I would be overly keen on playing on a hot summer’s day… Unless the match were to be held at a beach… Not a bad idea!
Bubble soccer with a group of 30-somethings was an absolute blast, but is equally suitable for children, with Dan and Chris saying they’ve had kids as young as six play. A few of us, me included, pulled up a little sore the next day – turns out we’re not used to playing the part of a crash test dummy – but for the little ‘uns who don’t build up as much speed as, say, a six foot four ex-fire fighter and a gung-ho parkour lover with a black belt in karate, the impacts involved result from a significantly reduced level of momentum and is, not surprisingly, far more gentle than a game involving a group of crazy adults.
If you’re interested in getting your own bubble soccer match up and running, or anything else involving the balls (it doesn’t have to be just soccer – the guys have lots of fun ideas including ‘all over red rover’ and can set up great photo opportunities) - get in touch with Chris and Dan and get the ball rolling!
You can get in touch with Dan and Chris via email (info at bubblesports.com.au) or their web site booking page and work out a date and time that suits you – they’re super flexible!
Anywhere you like so long as Chris and Dan feel the space is safe and suitable. Feel free to get in touch with them and bounce some ideas around.