9 Football Coaching Gap Years in South Africa (and One Gap Day)

9 Football Coaching Gap Years in South Africa (and One Gap Day)

On June 11th the attention of the world will turn to South Africa as the first match of the 2010 World Cup kicks off.

Though 15,000 World Cup volunteer positions were allocated to South Africans long ago, there are plenty of organisations willing to help travellers and gappers find volunteer work involving football.

Typically meals, accommodation and in country support are included in the fees quoted below, flights, insurance and additional costs are not.

Africa Venture

Help out at a football clinic in Philippolis, a small rural town two hours from Bloemfontein. Costs are around £30 per day for the four month projects including plenty of sightseeing time.

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Passionate sports men and women are wanted to share their enthusiasm for football with young South Africans. No coaching qualifications are required and participation fees are £1100 for five weeks or £2100 for 11 weeks.

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Grootbos Foundation

This not for profit organisation welcomes foreign students and young professionals to help organise training and matches for children, aged seven to 19, in the Gansbaai area, two hours from Cape Town.

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Personal Overseas Development

Coach football in Cape Town to disadvantaged kids. Departures are the first and third Mondays of every month and placement fees cost £695 for two weeks and £220 per extra week. WAGs, not interested in football, can teach surfing to local township kids, volunteer at a penguin sanctuary or in an orphanage.

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Projects Abroad

Two football programmes are offered. One involves coaching in disadvantaged areas of Cape Town; the other with an organisation founded by former professional footballers to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS. Prices start at £1695 for one month with fees substantially reduced for longer stays.

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Help organise and run training clinics and matches for the township kids of Port Elizabeth. Enthusiasm and an understanding of the game are the only qualifications needed. The five week programme is £1239, or stay for 11 weeks for £2,199.

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An international non profit organisation specialising in community development through sport and recreation. Volunteers should have a minimum of one years experience working in sports development. Fees are €2500 for six months, €3500 for one year.

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Sporting Opportunities

Centred in Port Elizabeth, volunteers help organise football matches and are encouraged to develop their own coaching programme. From £995 for four weeks. Extra weeks are £145 each.

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Travellers Worldwide

Three programmes feature sports coaching including football: sports coaching in Cape Town and sports work experience or coaching sports in poor schools, both in the coastal resort town of Knysna. Placement fees range from £845 to £2595 (for two to 12 weeks).

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Lastly, if you are going to the World Cup, the Backpack and Africa Travel Centre invites travellers to Cape Town to drop by for the day and volunteer for an afternoon of coaching and playing football. See http://www.backpackers.co.za/Responsible-Tourism/community-projects.html for more information.

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