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Duration: 5-12 weeks
Trip code: SACF
Jet across to the stunning coastal location of Port Elizabeth in South Africa and become a football coach! This non-profit sports volunteering programme is committed to helping communities in South Africa and ensuring South African kids fulfil their footballing potential. In this active role, you’ll run training sessions and matches, and monitor the development of young footballers. You can also choose to spend some time in local schools lending a hand in the classroom as an assistant teacher. Build important bonds and friendships as an inspirational coach, and make a real difference in the lives of South African kids.
Football is a national passion in South Africa. It was the first African country to host the World Cup in 2010 and the beautiful game is at the heart of the country’s sporting pride.
The townships in Port Elizabeth, where this volunteer programme is based, are bursting with untapped South African talent and yet these kids often don’t get the chance to enjoy structured football games or have access to expert sports equipment.
By becoming a football coach you can make a real difference in these kids’ lives. Not only will you develop their footballing skills, but you’ll also set up them up for a happier and more successful life.
The project works with 13 local schools, visiting them on rotation, and you can expect to get involved in three different coaching sessions daily, usually one in the morning and two in the afternoon. You’ll be coaching kids aged around 11-13.
As a coach, you’ll introduce the basics of team play, passing, movement and position holding, and also develop the kids’ team skills and communication. From friendly 'kickabouts' to more advanced football techniques, you will soon develop your own unique coaching programme to suit your players. You may even discover one of South Africa’s future footballing greats!
A Typical Volunteer Day
10am: Leave for coaching placement, 1 school sports coaching session.
12 noon: Lunch
1-4pm: 2 sports coaching sessions at different schools.
4pm: Return to accommodation
7pm onwards: Free time and lesson planning
At the weekends, breakfast is at 8-9.30am, lunch at 12.30-1pm and dinner at 5-6pm.
For more information about the coaching programme, download the detailed trip notes!
During your stay in South Africa you can also get involved as an assistant teacher in a classroom, teaching kids from local schools basic English and maths. This role would usually take place once weekly and would run alongside your sports coaching role.
Alongside your vital coaching role, you’ll also have chance to explore South Africa and have fun during your free time. The Wild Coast has loads of great activities for you to try, including canoeing, hiking, safaris at the game reserves, fishing, mini golf, shopping in Umtata and going on beach walks. You could try a spot of surfing in Jeffrey’s Bay or head along the famous Garden Route to Cape Town and the iconic Table Mountain. The in-country staff can suggest great trips and activities and help you to plan your free time to max out your experience.