BUNAC’s Sports Coaching South Africa programme gives you the opportunity to use the power of sport to raise awareness of health and social issues among underprivileged children in Port Elizabeth. You will be living with fellow volunteers and working alongside full time local staff.
By running coaching sessions, matches and organising tournaments, volunteers are able to give local children access to sporting facilities they would otherwise not have access to, as well as bring their passion for sport to the local community.
Use the power of sport to raise awareness of health and social issues among underprivileged children
Teach sports in Port Elizabeth to children from disadvantaged backgrounds
Instil life skills and raise awareness of health and social issues
Live with other volunteers, working alongside local staff
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How you can help
Take training sessions and plan football tournaments
Organise and run sports clinics
Help promote good citizenship and impart social / health awareness and knowledge
Why your help is needed
Volunteers on this project connect with children from underprivileged backgrounds via the medium of sport, combining physical education with the promotion of health and social awareness.
The schools in these townships simply do not have the resources to provide pupils with any kind physical education so volunteers are able to give local children the opportunity to use sports facilities they would otherwise not have access to. Bringing their passion for sport to townships on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, volunteers take coaching sessions, run matches and organise tournaments.
However, while the focus is on sport, the priority is on developing personal life skills among South African children, promoting health and social awareness and getting children involved in a positive activity that bridges social divides, keeps children off the streets and gives them the chance to learn and develop while enjoying themselves. This means that volunteers do not simply coach sport, they make a real difference to the lives of children from underprivileged backgrounds.
Our partner organisation in South Africa also co-ordinates a programme that gives children the opportunity to receive a scholarship to an acclaimed sports academy, and volunteers may nominate any children they identify as possessing exceptional sporting potential to be considered for the scholarship.
How long can I go for? Placements last either 5 or 12 weeks.
Working hours: 4-6 hours a day, 5 days a week
Eligibility: British/Irish, 18+
Volunteers must love sport! No coaching qualifications are required.
If you wish to coach swimming, then you must possess an RLLS life guard qualification. As swimming pools are outdoors and are unlikely to be heated this project is only available during the South African summer months (October – April).