Surpassing limits through creativity
“How do you make a football? Oh, it’s very easy. We do them all the time,” explains the proud owner and maker of this ball, Joil Lucas, 13 years. “You just need to find some pieces of cloth and plastic, and tie it all together into a ball with a rope.”
Joil studies on the 7th grade at the EPC Gungunhana in Mossurize, Manica, and is an eager football player. Most of the new footballs at school break early on, and the school needs to manage without adequate balls for the rest of the year. It is thanks to Joil and his friends that the children continue to play football year round.
“This ball actually bounces, so it can be also used as a basketball,” Joil continues. How is that done? “You just take two balloons, put one within the other and blow them full of air. Then you construct the ball around the balloon. It’s easy.”
And Joil is right: the ball bounces well – almost like a real basketball.
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DO IT YOURSELF – FOOTBALL / BASKETBALL
Ingredients:2 balloons, 2-3 pieces of cloth,1-2 plastic bags, 3 m rope
Put one balloon inside the other. Fill them with air and tie the ends into a knot.
Cut the cloth into pieces and wrap them tightly around the balloon. Wrap the plastic bag/s around the ball and tie everything together with a rope making both longitudinal and latitudinal circles around the ball and tying knots at points where the ropes cross. Once ready, tie the rope into a knot.
And here you go – the ball is ready to be played with!