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Gap Year Sports Travel

Many people see a gap year as a great way to escape from the pressures and constraints of school, college and university, and to experience what the world of sports has to offer. A gap year can mean different things for different people, but the one thing that they all have in common with Sporting Opportunities, is that you will have the best sports experience available. Whether you are looking to take a whole year out to travel the world, take a 2 – 3 month voyage to experience the sporty lifestyles of another country, or just want multiple short breaks through the year in and around your work and studying commitments, then Sporting Opportunities has a trip for you! 

A sports gap year with Sporting Opportunities will give you so many opportunities to broaden your cultural and sporting horizons. Whether that is through volunteering your time to help coach kids from disadvantaged communities, play and train with a local team overseas, share your worldly knowledge in a sports summer camp, gain some valuable work experience, or pick up some handy qualifications for your career in sport, you are bound to get the most out of your gap year in an action packed sports adventure.

We understand that gap years are best when you get to meet people and share your experience, which is why our gap year sports trips are designed to be group orientated and all about the social side of things as well as your personal sport experience. Meet like-minded coaches and players, pick up some valuable skills and experience, and have an amazing sports gap year overseas!

What Can You Do?

If sport is your thing, then you are in the right place for the best sports experience of your life! Sporting Opportunities has searched far and wide and travelled to experience sport in some of the worlds top destinations, so that we can put together some epic sports trips for your gap year. We understand that everybody has there preferences in their chosen sports, and we have some awesome tailored trips to make sure you can have the best experience possible.

We offer an unrivalled range of sports trips in some of the worlds top travel destinations. Here are some ideas to get you itching to get on the plane and discovering a whole new world of sport:

Volunteering – Coach sports to kids from disadvantaged communities around the world. Run football coaching session in the barrio communities in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Train & Play – Take you game to next level and train with academies and local teams overseas. Build on your rugby skills whilst training and playing with a premier club in Brisbane, Australia.

Courses & Qualifications – Get qualified in sports overseas on one of our professional courses. Become a qualified snowboard instructor on the slopes of Fernie, Canada.

Internships & Work Experience – Gain valuable work experience abroad to kick-start your career in sport. Work as a sports physiotherapist for a top football club in Accra, Ghana.

Summer Camps – Guide and mentor young athletes and help them develop their sporting skills on sports summer camps – Join our coaching team working on sports summer camps across St Lucia.

University Deferrals

Many people finish their time at school or college and then it dawns on them that they need a bit of time out before heading straight into university life. If this applies to you then there are ways for you to not give up your university place, and to also embark on your sports trip of a lifetime.

Many universities are very happy to accommodate those looking to defer their place to start the following year, which will give you well of 12 months to do something new and exciting in the world of sport. 

Universities often appreciate and support gap years and travel experience, especially if you are travelling overseas to do something constructive. Gap year sports travel will give you time to mature and grow as an individual before furthering your education, as well as giving you that added conversation started when you arrive at your new university digs.


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Testimonials
  • ''Just keep doing what you’re doing, it was wonderful to see the differences you have made! I’ve made so many great friends and have the most amazing memories!.''
    Joanna Hayes , Sports Physiotherapy, Ghana
     
  • ''I would just like to thank you for such a brilliant to trip to Ghana. I had a fantastic time and thought I was really able to use my skills as a qualified physiotherapist.''
    Marc Holl , Sports Physiotherapy, Ghana
     
  • ''The outpatients and staff gave me a send off party and I was touched and embarrassed by the extent of their gratitude. To be truthful, my contribution was limited, but it was appreciated, and I got an enormous amount out of being there.''
    Sarah Remnant , Sports Physiotherapy, Ghana
     
  • ''I would never have thought about going to St Lucia on a sports gap year but I am glad I did. The kids were just amazing and had real passion for the game. I really felt I contributed massively to the development of these young players and I look forward to booking my next trip back to see how they have progressed."
    Joe Page , Rugby Union, St Lucia
     
  • ''I have been playing rugby for a number of years through school and university and this experience was a perfect way of sharing my knowledge with a great bunch of young people. The kids really took to the game and working alongside the National Rugby Team is another experience I will never forget. Thanks to everyone involved in organising this fantastic sporting opportunity''.
    Paul Adams , Rugby Union, St Lucia
     
  • "What an amazing 8 weeks had on the rugby coaching placement in Ghana. The kids were just so receptive to what I taught them and there is some serious skill in Ghana! I've made friends for life and this rwho experience really has set me up for wanting to become a sports coach in the future".
    Rob Davies , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • "Training in the Ghana heat is a challenge but so worth it. My fitness has improved 10 fold. Working with the young rugby lads was excellent and seeing my team score a winning try has to have been a highlight. Ghana has some amazing places to see and if you like Baboons then a visit to Mole National Park is a must".
    Phil Hall , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • ''I made a difference by encouraging children and adults to believe that everyone has some degree of talent... and to believe in that talent.''
    Stuart Garrett , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • ''What they don’t have in skill, they certainly make up for in speed and determination. Ghana also has some very promising youngsters and it has been really exciting, and a real privilege, to share my knowledge of the game with them.''
    Doug Graham , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • “Coaching rugby to underprivileged children is a very rewarding experience. I am seriously considering coming back here and staying longer. It’s such a great place and there is so much to do!”
    Luke Norfolk , Rugby Union, South Africa
     
  • “I’ve had the best three months of my life! I would definitely recommend it! Thank you.”
    Philippa Tollit , Swimming, South Africa
     
  • "Being able to teach kids how to swim has to have been one of my most significant moments in life. From seeing 12 year old kids fearful of water on day one to being able to swim full lengths of the pool with confidence after 5 weeks was just incredible. You also know that you are giving these kids a gift for life".
    Neil Dennison , Swimming, Ghana
     
  • "I have had the best three months in Ghana ever! Working a living alongside local Ghanaians and seeing a completely different way of life will live with me forever. My project in helping kids learn how to swim was so rewarding too and it has really made me think about what I want to do when I get home with my future career and working with young people. Thanks to everyone involved and I look forward to coming back to my African home again one day."
    Sarah Dunbury , Swimming, Ghana
     
  • ''I really enjoyed the tennis coaching and was amazed at the standard of tennis and the dedication of the children. And they always had a smile on their face too.''
    Charlotte Wallis , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''Ghanaians are friendly in a way that is almost unheard of in the West. They are extremely affectionate and, once you have got used to it, you can be just as friendly back.''
    Graeme Acheson , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''I feel really fulfilled that I have aided less fortunate people in giving them a chance to play tennis in the first place and to offer assistance with my coaching knowledge to help the development of the sport in Ghana.''
    Sal Bolton , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''It was a seriously amazing trip that I will never forget. So thanks for what all you guys have done, and thanks for making it such an unforgettable trip!''
    Christian Dorin , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • “It was an incredible experience coaching the children in Port Elizabeth – they are so enthusiastic about learning to play tennis. Their energy levels are amazing and they had improved greatly by the time I left.”
    Dave Leicester , Tennis, South Africa
     
  • “One of the best experiences of my life! I just can’t believe how enthusiastic and grateful the kids were to learn and play Ultimate. The talent was awesome too – some were naturals! I can’t wait to come back to South Africa one day and see how my players are getting on.”
    Miles Jackson , Ultimate Frisbee, South Africa
     
  • "I've had the best few weeks of my life. The kids loved learning volleyball and in turn I loved every bit of my experience!"
    James Taylor , Volleyball, Ghana
     
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