Coach Sports in South Africa

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Group Size: Between 15-45

Trip code: SACS

Duration: 5-12 weeks

Play sports all day, everyday!
Gain great skills for your CV
All food & accommodation included

Love sports? Love travel? Then jet across to beautiful South Africa and become a sports coach! Spend 5-12 weeks in the spectacular coastal location of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, and help kids inlocalcommunities to fulfil their full sporting potential. Sport plays a vital role in providing exercise, improving health, increasing confidence and stimulating young minds and this project aims to encourage and educate these young people and give them better opportunities in life. You’ll not only be developing their sporting skills, but also building their futures. Plus, you get to play your favourite sport all day! What’s not to love? 

Trip highlights

  • Become an inspirational sports coach and make a difference in the lives of South African kids
  • Pass on your sporting passion and share your skills: Available coaching placements include football, rugby, cricket, netball, hockey, swimming or tennis
  • Spot up-and-coming sporting talent, gain great experience for your CV and make a real difference abroad
  • You can also help out in local schools as an assistant teacher and inspire kids in the classroom
  • Enjoy amazing activities with your fellow volunteers such as game drives, surfing and bungee jumping
Further trip information

Sport is a massive part of South African culture. In 2010 South Africa was the first African country to host a World Cup tournament, and sport in general is at the heart of South African identity.

As PE is not on the school curriculum in South Africa, kids from disadvantaged backgrounds rely on sports coaching programmes such as this one to introduce them to exciting new sports, as well as giving them the opportunity to improve their sporting skills, build their confidence and learn team values. 

As a volunteer sports coach you can help kids with promising young talent to fulfil their sporting potential and become future South African sports stars!

The following sports can be coached in South Africa:

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Cricket
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Swimming

Please note: Swimming is only available between October and March due to weather restrictions.

Download the detailed trip info for more information about each sports placement.

A Typical Volunteer Day

8am: Wake up time
8.15-9am: Breakfast
9.30am: Leave for coaching placement
10-11.30am: School 1 coaching session.
12 noon-1.30pm: School 2 coaching session.
1.30-14pm: Lunch
14-15.30pm: 2 sports coaching sessions at different schools.
4pm: Return to accommodation
6pm: Dinner
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.

Teaching Days

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.

Free Time

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.

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Certain durations only run on specific dates due to the school terms. Please contact us for details.