South Africa Sports Tour – 14 Days, Port Elizabeth

  • South Africa

Ages15 - 80

Tour ID121281

Arrival LocationPort Elizabeth Airport (airport code PLZ)

Take your school or club team to South Africa on a sports tour with a difference. Play against local school and club teams and help coach sports to children on our township community projects, whilst having and amazing cultural experience.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

South Africa Sports Tour
A group sports tour can be one of the most fun, eye-opening and rewarding experiences to share with your teammates. We all know the power that sport has, and how it can bring people together. Tours not only create togetherness in groups and teams, but also uniting people from all backgrounds and cultures, who would never normally meet.

Our tailor made sports tours to South Africa are tours with a difference. By combining competitive sports matches, with community sports coaching, and excellent group excursions, we will provide your school or club team with an incredible sport and cultural experience.

Well-matched Fixtures
With our exceptional knowledge of the sports environment in South Africa, we will assess the local club and school teams in the area to make sure your competitive tour matches are perfectly matched to ensure games are closely contested.

There is no better way to build togetherness in a team than taking on the challenge of competing against new opposition in a completely new environment.

Community Coaching Projects
A tour to South Africa would not be complete without helping out on a community project in one of the many deprived township communities. As part of your sports tour your group or team will have the opportunity to coach, teach and mentor children and young adults from the local township areas. Each group member will have the opportunity to coach their chosen sport(s), transferring valuable knowledge onto the children. This is a fantastic opportunity to interact with the locals and give something back to the communities that your group visit during your time in South Africa. Expect lots of singing and dancing from the kids as they show their gratitude for your time and efforts.

Unbeatable Cultural Experiences
A key element of a successful tour is not only to experience sport in a new light, but to also bond as a team by experiencing a new culture. Throughout the tour your group or team will have the opportunity to tailor a range of cultural activities in order to soak up all that South Africa has to offer with regards to the country’s stunning natural environment, lively local customs and rich history.

Available sports:
For a more detailed example itinerary please see the Extra Information tab.

Tour dates are flexible, so please contact us to discuss possible dates for your tour.

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.

Day 1

This itinerary is an example to show you some of the activities that are possible. Please contact a member of the Sporting Opportunities team to tailor a tour to your specifications.
Arrive in Port Elizabeth, where you will be met by a member of our team at the airport. Your group will then be taken back to the accommodation where you will receive an induction with a detailed itinerary of cultural activities and more information about the community projects and competitive matches. In the evening your group will be treated to a traditional welcome Braai (BBQ).


Day 2

Your group will start the day with a guided tour of Port Elizabeth including the local township communities where your community projects will take place. Here your group will be able to meet the friendly local township kids. The afternoon will see your group travelling to the Kragga Kamma Game Reserve for a 3–4 hour safari tour, soaking up all things wild.


Day 3

Day 3 is your first day on your community coaching project in the township, where your group will coach their chosen sport(s) to enthusiastic township kids from 09:00 – 16:00. The evening will be a social evening in the accommodation where games and activities will be arranged for your group.


Day 4

During the morning the group can be taken for team training and a fitness session in build up for your first competitive match in the evening. The afternoon will be similar to day 3 where we will get you out working again on the community sports coaching projects in the township. Early evening will be your first chance to show off your skills against the locals in a match that will see you stretched and challenged in your chosen sport. However competitive these games are you will still get a great deal of fun from them and make new friends in the process.


Day 5

The morning will include a trip to Seaview Lion Park, known for their rare breed of White Lions, where getting up close to the wildlife is a must. For those more brave and adventurous types, the group will have a chance to hold a lion cub and learn important messages about local habitats and nature conservation. The afternoon will include a trip to a Port Elizabeth beach (some of the best in South Africa) and the Boardwalk Shopping and Entertainment Centre where you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the sunshine.


Day 6

Much like Day 4 your team will start their day with an early morning fitness session in preparation for an evening match against a local team where you can run through drills and tactics for the game ahead. Late morning and afternoon you will be taken back out to the townships to continue having fun sports coaching sessions with the kids before your evening match.


Day 7

Continuing the positive work you have been doing in the townships we will take you back out to run more fun coaching sessions with the kids. Additional work might be in helping prepare up-and-coming matches or developing new sports facilities for the kids to enjoy. Previous groups have built and painted a new sports gym from a shipping container or run a sports day for kids from all over the area to attend where important health and educational messages can be taught. This session will be from 09:00 to 16:00. After a tiring day you will head back to the accommodation for a Braai (BBQ) and various games and activities arranged for the group.


Day 8

Free Day – This could be used to explore some of Port Elizabeth’s attractions, such as the Red Location museum to learn more about South Africa’s rich history and the harsh conditions many South African’s lived through during the apartheid years. You could also take a trip to the shops to pick up some souvenirs for family and friends back home. The evening will be a social evening in the accommodation where games and activities will be arranged for your group.


Day 9

In the morning your group will be taken to one of Port Elizabeth’s local markets, to pick up any souvenirs and bargains that you were not able to do on Day 8. The afternoon will include a trip to McArthur Baths, where your group will be able to relax in the top swimming pool complex.


Day 10

Ready for your third competitive match your group will be taken on a fitness and team training session in the morning before an afternoon on your community projects in the townships. Smiling faces will great you as you pull up at disadvantaged schools in our fun bus to continue building on the relationships you have with the kids there. The evening will test your sports abilities again as you take on one of the local sports clubs for another competitive match.


Day 11

Beach Day – Today your group will travel to Jeffrey’s Bay, the world famous surf beach. There are lots of amazing activities to get involved in, including dune boarding, surf lessons and horse riding.


Day 12

Day 12 will be your last day that you will go out to the townships and run your coaching sessions with the kids so it is bound to be an emotional one. The evening will follow with your fourth and final competitive match so if you want to go out on a high then your team better win this!


Day 13

Your final day of activities will include a day-long cruise down the stunning Sundays River. This is a fantastic opportunity to soak up the natural beauty of South Africa and relax after two weeks of hard and energetic fun. Your final evening will include an outdoor Braai with entertainment provided by traditional African dancers and drumming helping see you off in style.


Day 14

On saying your farewells to our South African team and packing up your newly acquired souvenirs, you will be taken to the airport ready to get your flight home.


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.

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.

Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival.

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

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; Spending money; Laundry service; Extra activities not on itinerary; Airport Transfers in UK (home country).

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

This is a 14 day tour – please ask us for details for longer and shorter durations.

Daily Activities starting from 9:00am.

Experience or Pre-Requisites
No pre-requisites for this tour, only that group members have a reasonable level of fitness and health.

With new South African immigration law, people travelling under the age of 18 will need to take their birth certificate with them. Please contact us for more information.

Ideal For
Groups Sports Tours in South Africa; School Sports Tours; Club Sports Tours; Sports Tours in Africa; Cultural Experiences in South Africa; Team Building

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.

South Africa Sports Tour – 14 Days, Port Elizabeth

  • South Africa

Ages15 - 80

Tour ID121281

Arrival LocationPort Elizabeth Airport (airport code PLZ)

  • Travel dates are flexible

Suitable for ages 15 to 80

Those under 18 must be accompanied by a staff member. Please talk with us for more information.

"The sports tour arranged for us was perfect. South Africa was a great country and having the mix of playing against locals as well as coaching sport to kids in the townships was a nice balance. Doing two weeks in South Africa has made a number of us want to come back for a longer stint on one of your 5 week volunteer coaching projects so look out for us. Thanks to all involved."
Dan Long: Football Captain
"Taking the girls on this two week hockey tour was excellent. It was the first time that any of us had been to South Africa and the team made us feel extremely welcome and comfortable. You pack so much into such a short period which totally tired us out but apart from being great fun will be a fond memory for years to come. We'll certainly be looking at coming away with you again."
Sarah Jackson: PE Teacher
"A well organised trip with a difference. Combining playing and coaching as well as all the cultural things you put on for us was a great idea. To even get to a Springboks Rugby game was a special treat for the lads on this tour so thanks for going the extra mile to make this happen for us."
Geoff Fagence: Rugby Coach

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