Sports coaching in South Africa

“Spend five weeks coaching your favourite sport in three schools per day, 5 days per week. In various townships and primary schools in South Africa. An incredible experience, based in Port Elizabeth.”

Highlights

Sports coaching experience in South Africa | Port Elizabeth | Township communities | Accommodation in city sports foundation | Swimming pool | Food included | Airport transfers

Description of Sports coaching in South Africa

By choosing to do sports coaching in South Africa, you are going to a country that has given birth to leading cricketers, tennis players, rugby players and athletes. Sadly, not all children across the country have access to sports facilities and coaching, and this rewarding and important project encourages you to reach out to these children and offer them experiences that they would never get otherwise.

The kids in the townships are desperate to play sports and games. These are simply not part of their curriculum. Bring to them your love for rugby, for football, for tennis, for football... or for netball, hockey, swimming and basketball! Whatever your sport, the kids will love to learn it.

Where will I be based?
You will be based at a highly-regarded sports foundation in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

What will I be doing?

Each day you will visit local primary schools to coach your chosen sport. The kids come pouring out of their classrooms ready to play and to learn. You coach with other volunteers, running drills, games, skills sessions and warm up exercises. The programme aims to give the kids positive values and teach them about healthy living. It's very rewarding to give them these opportunities when so much is stacked against them. You don’t have to be a top player. It’s your personality and drive that will make the biggest impact.

Accommodation
Your accommodation comes with swimming pool, games room (including table tennis, table football, pool and darts!), wifi and even a small gym. The lounge is comfortable and boats a television with over 20 sports channels.

Free time
One free time activity per week is included in this project, for example a safari, a visit to Jeffreys Bay and a township tour. In addition, Port Elizabeth has excellent bars and restaurants and tourist attractions.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrival day is a Saturday
Days 2 -5:You will receive a full induction, including training, a tour and advice on staying healthy and safe.
Weekdays:You will be coaching in three schools per day, 5 days per week.
Weekends:Free for you to explore, play sports with local clubs, go to watch a match, travel around etc

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Volunteer travel - what's it all about

Are you looking for an adventurous trip with a purpose, or on a gap year or career break? If you want to make a difference in some of the world’s most important conservation areas - and in community projects - then volunteer trips are for you! Volunteers tend to have a sense of adventure, and come from a range of different backgrounds and from all over the world.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sports coaching in South Africa

Environment

Protecting the world
We are passionate about encouraging our travellers to be kind to the environment as they travel. Each participant receives advice about how to care for the environment whilst they are away. This includes water usage, how to avoid single use plastic, electricity usage and how to carbon offset flights.

For each traveller who goes away with us we plant a tree to offset the office carbon emissions, but also the traveller's emissions. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions too, via a carbon offset scheme run in conjunction with Tree Aid.

We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.

Community

Meeting local needs
This project provides sports coaching to children who wouldn’t normally be able to access it. The positive impact of sport on children’s fitness, confidence and self-discipline is well known. For some it might even provide future career possibilities. As well as improving the lives of local children, you will also contribute directly to the area’s economy.

Supporting the local economy
The volunteer scheme provides work for domestic staff at the accommodation. You will eat locally-sourced food and make use of shops and leisure facilities in the town. You will not be taking jobs away from local people. The project employs local staff where possible, but relies on volunteers to support them.

Cultural sensitivity
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in South Africa’s poorer communities. Our policy is to send people oversea in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.

All of our participants receive comprehensive pre-departure briefing as well as training on arrival. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation.

Childcare policy
We have strict policies in place when it comes to working with children overseas. We thoroughly check out the projects that we work with to make sure that there are clear policies in place. We also assess the suitability of our volunteers through interview to make sure they are motivated but also up to the challenge physically and mentally. All volunteers need to have experience working with children and must volunteer for a minimum of 4 weeks. Anyone working 1-1 with vulnerable children must provide a police check.

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