Football Coaching Volunteer Project in South Africa, Port Elizabeth

  • South Africa

Ages18 - 80

Tour ID121287

Arrival LocationPort Elizabeth Airport (airport code PLZ)

People on trip18 to 30

Share your passion for football by coaching football to disadvantaged South African children. Help organise football matches and coaching sessions for keen football players in schools and townships, giving them the chance to play and enjoy the sport they love so much.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Football in South Africa
Having been awarded host of 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). The townships surrounding PE are full of keen and often talented young football players but the opportunities to play football and develop in a well structured environment are very limited. However, by working as a volunteer football coach in South Africa during your sports gap year or career break, you can give children the chance to enjoy the fun and serious sides of football through organised training and football matches.

Your Football Volunteer Placement
The football players you work with are largely centred in the townships and schools that skirt the city. The first stage as a volunteer football coach is to help organise training clinics and football matches for the children, as well as providing them with decent football equipment. This is great for forming relationships with the football players and developing your own confidence. The second stage will be planning football tournaments that incorporate football 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 we work with are keen to identify the individuals who will form South Africa’s next generation of professional 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 football 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 Football Coaching Role
Being a volunteer football coach in South Africa will mean you are responsible for running and supervising all training and football 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 plenty of support from the other volunteers on the project, our in-country staff and local sports coaches who will give you all the training ideas that you need. From complicated technical plays to friendly kick-abouts, you will soon develop your own football coaching programme, unique to you and your players.

Summer Camps
Summer camps in South Africa run for 5 weeks from mid July to mid August. These camps are run by our charity partners in Port Elizabeth and focus on a range of objectives: to teach kids sports, to develop interpersonal skills, to educate the community about HIV and healthy living. Volunteer sports coaches are required for all sports.

CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
It is advised that participants complete a CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) check in order to take part in this project. We can provide this service for you at an additional cost because some people may already have one that is valid (please get in touch for more details).

Gap Year Football in South Africa
A gap year in South Africa is a fantastic way to volunteer abroad while also coaching football and experiencing gap year travel. Our football project in South Africa really is a great gap year opportunity if you are looking for a sports gap year abroad.

Programme Dates 2020
11th Jan – 5 to 11 weeks
15th Feb – 5 to 6 weeks
04th Apr – 5 to 11 weeks
09th May – 5 to 6 weeks
04th July – 5 weeks
15th Aug* – 5 to 12 weeks
19th Sep – 5 to 7 weeks

Programme Dates 2021
09th Jan – 5 to 11 weeks
13th Feb – 5 to 6 weeks
03rd Apr – 5 to 11 weeks
08th May – 5 to 6 weeks
03rd July – 5 weeks
14th Aug* – 5 to 12 weeks
18th Sep – 5 to 7 weeks

* indicates you can come on this date for a full 12 week trip (maximum duration).

Note 1: 5 weeks = 35 nights, 6 weeks = 42 nights, 7 weeks = 49 nights, 8 weeks = 56 nights, 9 weeks = 63 nights, 10 weeks = 70 nights, 11 weeks = 77 nights, 12 weeks = 84 nights

Note 2: dates are based on school holidays and are subject to change.

Note 3: All programmes run from Saturday to Saturday

Visa
British Nationals only require a visa to enter South Africa if they intend on staying over 90 days. We recommend you research this yourself depending on what Nationality you are.

Equipment Donation for South Africa
We are dedicated to sustainable development. This is why part of the fee you pay goes towards buying decent equipment for beneficiary organisations in South Africa. You will often use this equipment during your project and it is always left with the community when you leave. In some cases, an equipment donation may not be appropriate so a financial contribution is made instead.

Sports Camps
The majority of your volunteer project will coincide with the school term but during school holidays you will be able to coach at sports camps in or around the Port Elizabeth area. There is a big need for volunteer coaches at these camps and they are a fantastic way of coaching sports to children who do not usually have access to sports during term time. The camps expose sport to a large number of African children and are something the young athletes have come to depend on and really enjoy. The camps also allow you to see other parts of South Africa that you would not otherwise experience.

Other Volunteer Projects
In addition to your main sports coaching project, you can get involved with some non-sports volunteer projects if you wish. Projects range from care work with orphans to teaching in local schools. And with a western education, you will be able to make a significant contribution to the standard of teaching that the young students receive. Subject areas include English, maths, science, business, IT, and a whole variety of extra-curricular activities. Many volunteers find this element of their volunteer trip one of the most rewarding.

Social Life in South Africa
We believe it is important to give our volunteers the chance to unwind and have fun while they are away. Our in-country team therefore organises a variety of social activities to bring volunteers together, to share their experiences and, above all, have a good time. The social life in South Africa really is second to none and you will return home with some truly unforgettable memories and friends for life. With so many sporty people living together, social sports teams are pretty much unavoidable and there are plenty of local teams to play for. For the less competitive, why not head to the beach for some casual volleyball and football matches in the African sunshine? You’ll also get to experience plenty of Bomas during your stay (authentic South African barbeques under the stars). Sport, friendship and lots of laughs – what more could you want from a social life abroad?

Playing Sport in South Africa
If you fancy playing some sport while you are away, or simply enjoy the social side as a supporter, you should join our sports team, Stroh. A number of matches are played across a variety of sports including football, rugby, cricket and more. This will give you the chance to play against local teams in a fun and competitive environment. Although the matches are often taken quite seriously – it is sport after all! – the side places a strong emphasis on the social side of sport. This gives you a great experience of playing sport overseas while building cross-cultural friendships and enjoying Stroh’s fiery post-match celebrations! If you want to know what Stroh means, I guess you’ll have to book a volunteer project in South Africa!

Accommodation
Your accommodation is basic but comfortable and you will stay in a dormitory style room. The accommodation has a very sociable atmosphere and you will find it a great place to relax and unwind in the evenings. The accommodation is also centrally located to your volunteer project with shops and other useful amenities either a short walk or taxi ride away. With so many volunteers living together, you will soon find our communal house your new home, away from home.

Accommodation
Volunteer lodge with shared rooms (4-10 people per room); Basic but comfortable; Shared toilet and shower facilities; Communal areas for socialising and relaxation inclucing pool, TV and games room and bar; Single and double rooms may also be available – contact us.

Food
3 meals a day; Basic but nutritious.

Airport Pick-Up
Included on arrival and departure date. Ask us for details if you are arriving early.

Training
Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival.

Support
Pre-departure help and advice; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support.

Donation
Part of your fee maybe used to buy decent equipment for the project and community you work with. We also encourage you to bring any extra equipment that you are happy to give away but this will need to fall within your personal weight allowance with the airline you travel with.

Flights; Travel Insurance; Visas; Vaccinations; Spending money; In country travel; Laundry service; Extra activities not on itinerary.

You will be met on arrival. Full details will be provided once you have booked your trip with us.

Preferred Duration
Volunteers should try to come for as long as possible preferably for 8 or 12 weeks. This ensures better management of the project and also helps you get the most from the social activities and group travel opportunities on offer.

Typical Hours
Monday-Friday; 4-6 hours a day; Occasional work at weekends but usually free for personal time and travel. Please be aware that some public holidays may cause disruption to times / days during your volunteer project.

Pre-requisites
No prior coaching experience or qualifications are required, but a basic understanding of the game and/or playing experience is necessary. You need to be of reasonable health and fitness.

Ideal For
Football Coaching Holidays and Placements in Africa; Sports Coaching and Activity Breaks in South Africa; Sports Coaching Gap Years and Career Breaks in Africa and Student Summer Holidays.

How much spending money will I need?

It varies depending on the amount of excursions. For a 5 week stay participants usually bring from £400 - £1000 (€500 - €1,200) depending on how many excursions and how sociable they intend to be.

Are there ATM’s/cash points nearby?

The nearest ATM is just a 2 minute walk from the accommodation you will be based at.

How should I manage my money?

It is recommended that you bring a small amount of cash, and carry the majority of your spending money on a cash card. The Post Office provides a card that avoids any charges for withdrawing cash and also Revolut and Monzo accounts could be useful and are app controlled. We can also store money and other items in our safe in the office, also located at the accommodation.

Can I speak to the other people that will be coming?

We would prefer it if you could use our social media platforms to try and communicate with others that maybe coming away at the same time as you. We are a small team and are very busy preparing and organising the trips. Also, given that we ask you to all arrive on the same weekend, you'll quickly get to know each other as you settle in.

How much time is spent on the projects?

Participants work at 2 or 3 schools each day Monday to Friday. Each session lasts 90 minutes. This is weather permitting, but everything is done to ensure as much activity as possible takes place. Expect to be out working for approximately 6 hours per day.

Who will I be working with?

The majority of children coached are aged between 10-13 years old. However, in smaller schools, it is common for either slightly older or younger children to take part as well to boost the number of children participating. All schools worked in are in the disadvantaged township communities.

Will there be any training provided?

Placement activities not begin straight away. We provide a 2 day long induction where you learn about the program, as well as receive useful techniques. In addition to this, the induction is a great place to meet with and learn from your fellow travellers.

How much free time is there?

You are free to do what you wish in the evenings after the activities and at the weekends. Some participants like to play social football or other sports as we are very connected to local clubs in the area or go to the gym which is a 20 minute walk from the accommodation. Additionally a lot of your time will be taken up by excursions and other organised events as we feel it is important to show you some of the great spots around the area. We also recognise that you will need some down time, so you will still have plenty of time to relax, unwind and explore the local area.

What experience and/or qualifications are required?

We do not require any qualifications or previous experience. However, if you are on a sports projects it is recommended that you have had some playing experience at any level in the sport you wish to coach and do try and come away with a few training drills you can share. Although of course the more proficient you are in your respective sports, the more it will aid you when working with the children. The most important thing is enthusiasm to work with kids.

Football Coaching Volunteer Project in South Africa, Port Elizabeth

  • South Africa

Ages18 - 80

Tour ID121287

Arrival LocationPort Elizabeth Airport (airport code PLZ)

People on trip18 to 30

Suitable for ages 18 to 80

Most participants are between 18 and 25, so please be aware of this. We do welcome older people because of the value and experience they bring to the community. We have even had people in their late 70s join us so don't be put off!


"I never imagined that our presence in the townships could have such a huge impact on the kids and be so greatly appreciated. It's an experience I'll never forget."
Matt Harland
"The passion shown by all the players was amazing and it was such a great thing to be part of. The skill and talent some of them had was phenomenal and it was of a much higher standard than I had ever seen before."
Tom Baines

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