South Africa Football Coaching
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From $1,785, 5 weeks, South Africa Trip code: SAFB

  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 5 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Work with children from disadvantaged backgrounds to coach and develop their skills.
  • Inspire the next generation of African footballers
  • Live in one of the most awe inspiring parts of the world
  • Make lifelong friendships with coaches and volunteers from around the world

Trip Summary

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Having successfully hosted the 2010 World Cup (the first African nation to do so), the love for football in South Africa could not be greater, and nowhere more so than in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth (PE), where 8 games were played in the fantastic, newly built Nelson Mandela stadium.

 

The townships surrounding PE are full of keen and often talented young players and although the passion never fades, the opportunities to play and develop in a well-structured environment are very limited. However, by working as a football coach in South Africa during your gap year, career break or sports holiday, you can allow kids to enjoy the fun and serious sides of football through structured training and matches.


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What will I be doing?

  • The Placement (5 to 10 weeks)

  • Your Role (5 to 10 weeks)

  • What to expect (5 to 10 weeks)

  • Free Time (5 to 10 weeks)

The Placement: 5 to 10 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – South Africa is most definately a destination to write home about. Passionate about sport, Football is part of daily life for many, so jump in and get involved.


There’s the country itself – offering everything from lush subtropics to deserts, savannah to scrubland, bushveld to stunning coastlines. If your taste is for Africa’s big five, this is the one of the very best places on the continent to see them.


Then there are the people and what they’ve achieved. If your interest lies in modern politics, South Africa should definitely be on your travel shortlist. You’ll have the chance to live and volunteer in a country that has accomplished so much in the years since apartheid was dismantled – it’s unique in the world.

  • Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

The players you work with are largely centred in the townships and schools that skirt the city. The first stage as a coach is to help organise and run training clinics and matches for the children, as well as providing them with decent football equipment. This is great for forming relationships with the players and developing your own confidence. The second stage will be planning football tournaments that incorporate both matches and team-building activities. Although the focus is on personal skills and sports development, there will be ample opportunity to scout for talented individuals who, with the right support and training, could go on to play professional football. The sports academies with which we work are keen to identify the individuals who will form South Africa's next generation of pro footballers.

 

We welcome volunteers who enjoy playing or coaching football, be it socially with friends, representing your school, club or university team or even as far as holding coaching qualifications. The emphasis is not on developing Africa's next international football star but about getting alongside children from less-advantaged backgrounds and building friendships over a common ground. It is from here that you will start to give enthusiastic players the chance to play the sport they love in an organised and fun environment. Whatever your background, be assured that you will be able to offer something positive to the children and football projects you work on.

Your Role: 5 to 10 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – South Africa is most definately a destination to write home about. Passionate about sport, Football is part of daily life for many, so jump in and get involved.


There’s the country itself – offering everything from lush subtropics to deserts, savannah to scrubland, bushveld to stunning coastlines. If your taste is for Africa’s big five, this is the one of the very best places on the continent to see them.


Then there are the people and what they’ve achieved. If your interest lies in modern politics, South Africa should definitely be on your travel shortlist. You’ll have the chance to live and volunteer in a country that has accomplished so much in the years since apartheid was dismantled – it’s unique in the world.

  • Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Being a football coach in South Africa will mean you are responsible for running and supervising all training and matches for the players. This may sound daunting but you will soon realise that you have an understanding of football that the players are so desperate to gain. The rewards are great because the raw talent is often there, but the experience of a team structure is not. By introducing the basics of team play, movement and position holding, your players will develop rapidly. You will also have solid support from the other volunteers, our in-country staff and local coaches who will give you all the training methods and ideas that you might need. From complicated technical play to friendly 'kick abouts', you will soon develop your own coaching programme, unique to you and your players.

 

Don't worry if you haven't got any official coaching qualifications, the placement is open to anyone who has a love of football and wants to share that enthusiasm to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. Whether you play football socially with friends or you play for a team- as long as you have a passion for the sport this project is perfect for you- and who knows, one day some of the children you coach might be the next Messi or Ronaldo!

What to expect: 5 to 10 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – South Africa is most definately a destination to write home about. Passionate about sport, Football is part of daily life for many, so jump in and get involved.


There’s the country itself – offering everything from lush subtropics to deserts, savannah to scrubland, bushveld to stunning coastlines. If your taste is for Africa’s big five, this is the one of the very best places on the continent to see them.


Then there are the people and what they’ve achieved. If your interest lies in modern politics, South Africa should definitely be on your travel shortlist. You’ll have the chance to live and volunteer in a country that has accomplished so much in the years since apartheid was dismantled – it’s unique in the world.

  • Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

The coaching we offer is for the children in local townships and tries to be as inclusive as possible, offering the opportunity to as many kids as we can. We aim to provide all year coverage so that there is maximum exposure for the township kids and although the majority of your placement will coincide with the school term, there may be times when there is a week or two of school holidays. There is no less need for coaching in the holidays, than in the term time and this is something that the kids have actually come to depend on and enjoy. This also allows coaching to be based in different areas, and enables other kids who have not had this opportunity during term time to attend and maybe even learn a new skill. Needless to say, the kids love these coaching sessions both in the school term and in the holidays.

 

The actual amount of coaching varies very little for you and will take the same format as the coaching on the school grounds. The beauty about the holiday camps is that you can still continue to coach your particular sport for around 3-4 hours a day, but you will also have the opportunity to take part in many other activities and sports (should you want).

Free Time: 5 to 10 weeks

Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – South Africa is most definately a destination to write home about. Passionate about sport, Football is part of daily life for many, so jump in and get involved.


There’s the country itself – offering everything from lush subtropics to deserts, savannah to scrubland, bushveld to stunning coastlines. If your taste is for Africa’s big five, this is the one of the very best places on the continent to see them.

  • Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

As weekends will be off, things can be focused on enjoyment and visiting the beautiful places in and around PE. We can organize trips to Addo Elephant Park, Kragga Kamma Safari Park, Seaview Lion Park, Baviaanskloof and many more options. Just keep in mind that extra costs apply for any weekend outings.

 

You can take a surf lesson, do a diving course, go on a Whale and Dolphin cruise or just sleep late after a bit of dancing in the local clubs; it's all up to you. The Coordinator also needs some time off so weekends (outside organized trips) will be focused on relaxing and doing your own thing, maybe even some washing…

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What's included?

  • A warm welcome at the overseas airport
  • Transfers to/from the airport from/to the activity site
  • Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) as stated in the meals section
  • All accommodation as stated in the accommodation section
  • Full co-ordination of your programme activities
  • All required equipment for the volunteer programmes
  • 24-hour support from the in-country staff and 24-hour emergency support from our UK team

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations
  • Additional Transportation
  • Personal spending money
  • Soft drinks and alcohol

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

The minimum age for this programme is 17.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.

Please note: you may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. However, each of our Port Elizabeth coaching volunteer projects share the same accommodation. Therefore, if there are volunteers on our other programmes you will be able to spend your spare time and evenings with them. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us

 

Accommodation

Your accommodation will be situated in  Umzi (Xhosa for home) in Newton Park, Port Elizabeth. While the accommodation is basic shared rooms with bunk beds, it also has a range of amazing facilities including:

 

  • Several communal areas for socialising including the TV room, computer/reading room, large garden and games room that has table tennis and a pool table.
  • Large Swimming Pool
  • Four coin-operated washing machines and two tumble dryers are available for laundry.
  • Free Internet access
  • DSTV (the South African equivalent of Sky) with nine 24hr sport channels.
  • Shops within 5minute walk selling everyday items such as snacks and drinks, toiletries, SIM cards, phone top-up vouchers and international call cards.

The accommodation is located close to the centre of Port Elizabeth and main shopping mall. The beachfront is only a short taxi ride away that costs approx 60 ZAR per journey. The accommodation is approximately 10 – 15 minutes car journey from the Township areas that you will volunteer in.

 

Meals

All meals are included and volunteers are expected to share in the preparing of meals and washing up. There is a set menu for the week which you can manipulate by talking to our Project Coordinator which also takes vegetarians in consideration.  Coffee, tea and cordial are available at any time.

 

Breakfasts are self service, so toast and cereals. Lunches can be made before going to work and consist of sandwiches with cheese, cold meats or other spreads.

 

Dinners will be a grand mix of the cooking skills of the students; so if you like cooking; show it! Think about oven casseroles, pastas, stews, stir-fry and other healthy and hearty options.

 

Breakfast: Cereal and toast (self service) from 7:30-9:00 Monday to Friday and 8:00-9:30 at weekends

Lunch: travellers make their own packed lunch (sandwiches, crisps, fruit) during the breakfast period to take with them to their placement. Lunchboxes are provided at the beginning of the placement. At the weekend, lunch is served between 12:30-13:00.

Dinner: The evening meal is served between 18:00-19:00. Supper is saved for people who have placement commitments in the evening. Travellers wash up their own dishes when they have finished eating. Typical meals include - rice dishes, burgers, lasagne, bolognese, curry, pie etc.

Water is considered safe to drink in South Africa, although you may prefer bottled water.

 

Transport

 

Your transport is provided and you will be taken to and picked up from the project on a daily basis in a mini van (8 seater). The vehicle is also there for weekly shopping and visiting the supermarket. If you want to go out for a drink or dinner by yourself you can use local cab services for minimum costs. We will have weekly possibilities to visit the cinema or other group activities.

 

Personal transport in the form of a scooter or bicycle can also easily be rented.

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

DBS

This trip requires a Police Check to be carried out - please contact us for further information on how to do this. 

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