South Africa Rugby Coaching

From £999, 5 weeks, South Africa Trip code: SARC

  • Adventure 4 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 5 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Work to develop undiscovered talented Rugby players from the townships of South Africa
  • Make lifelong friendships with coaches and volunteers from around the world
  • Live in one of the most extraordinary places on Earth
  • Spend weekends checking out the sights and experiences along the world famous garden route

 

Trip Summary

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South Africans are extremely passionate about Rugby, renowned for being a very tough and technical force on the international stage. However, whilst rugby is a passion for many, very few get to play and develop in a well-structured environment.

 

The irony is that many of the most promising players, often living in and around Port Elizabeth's townships, are left undiscovered and their talents undeveloped. Although it can be hard for these children to get a game going with friends, many are seen kicking and throwing a ball around with each other, dreaming of being the next Francois Pienaar and leading the Springboks to World Cup victory again. But without the proper chance to play and further their game, this will only ever remain a township dream.

 

This rugby coaching placement gives you the chance to organise coaching sessions, training drills and matches for local children who are keen to play and develop in a game that is loved on all continents. Although the emphasis is on fun, you are sure to find some undiscovered talent that can be developed through your hard work and knowledge of the game.


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What will I be doing?

  • The placement (5 to 12 weeks)

  • Your Role (5 to 12 weeks)

  • What should I expect (5 to 12 weeks)

  • Free time (5 to 12 weeks)

The placement: 5 to 12 weeks

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Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – South Africa is most definately a destination to write home about. Passionate about sport, Rugby 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

It is with your support as a rugby coach that these seemingly abstract dreams can begin to be turned into a reality. We welcome volunteers who enjoy playing or coaching rugby, 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 players, 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 rugby projects you work on.

 

You will be under the guidance of our in-country team and be based in the townships and schools that skirt Port Elizabeth. 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 rugby equipment. This will be a great experience for building friendships and developing your own confidence.

 

The second stage will be planning rugby 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 onto play professional level rugby. The sports academies with which we work are keen to identify the individuals who will form South Africa 's next generation of Springboks.

Your Role: 5 to 12 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – South Africa is most definately a destination to write home about. Passionate about sport, Rugby 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

Being a rugby coach in South Africa will mean you are responsible for running and supervising all training and matches for your players. This may sound daunting but you will soon realise that you have an understanding of rugby that the players are so desperate to gain.

 

The rewards are great because the raw talent is often there, but the understanding of the 'basics' and the experience of a team structure are often not. By introducing simple ball handling skills, movement, position holding and team play, 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 and beach runs to rucking and mauling formations, you will soon develop your own coaching programme, unique to you and your players.

What should I expect: 5 to 12 weeks

Next Leg

Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – South Africa is most definately a destination to write home about. Passionate about sport, Rugby 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

You should arrive in Port Elizabeth on the start date of the trip. You will be picked up from Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) and taken to your accommodation.

 

Travellers will be arriving all day on the start day, so the induction will normally start the following day, when you will have a full briefing of the tour package, tour of the accommodation (what to do/what not to do) and will have a chance to meet the other travellers and your Lead Co-ordinator, and be informed of your schedule for the duration of your stay.

 

The day after you arrive on the programme, you will start 2-3 days of orientation at Umzi, getting to know each other and the South African staff, finding out more about the South African way of life, and generally having fun. Placements will start during the first week. This is a great chance to meet and get to know all your fellow travellers.

Free time: 5 to 12 weeks

Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – South Africa is most definately a destination to write home about. Passionate about sport, Rugby 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 free, you will have the opportunity to visit 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 South African welcome at the airport when you arrive
  • 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
  • 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.

 

The house lies in the popular area of Humewood and is a five minute walk away from the beach and is close to some shops, beachfront cafés and restaurants. A perfect location to enjoy the beach after work or during weekends. This house is used by German, Dutch and other international students so enough interesting new people to enjoy your stay with.

 

The house has all the facilities needed; two fridges, washing machine, microwave and all else that is needed in a kitchen. The lounge has a large dining room table and enough couches to relax. There is a private terrace with outside furniture and a braai (BBQ) area to cook those steaks on weekends. Wireless internet is free; just bring your own laptop or any other device to access the Wi-Fi network. 

 

Depending on availability and duration of stay you will either have your own room or share a room with one or two other volunteers. Male and female volunteers will have separate rooms and bathrooms to use.

 

The house is safe and secure with a wall around the premises, an automatic gate with video security and safety bars. 

 

 

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 and picked up to 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

You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.

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