WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
We welcome sports volunteers who enjoy playing or coaching tennis, be it socially with friends, representing your school, club or university team or even as far as holding coaching qualifications. However, the emphasis is not on developing Africa's next big tennis star, but on getting alongside youth players from disadvantaged backgrounds and building friendships whilst sharing a common experience. It is from here that you will start to give passionate tennis players the chance to play the sport they love in an organised and fun environment.
During your tennis placement, you will be under the guidance of our in country team and largely based in the townships and schools that skirt the city of Port Elizabeth. The first stage as a tennis coach is to help organise and run practice sessions and tennis matches for the children, as well as providing them with decent tennis equipment. This will be a great way of forming relationships with your players and also for developing your own confidence as a tennis coach. The second stage will be planning and running tennis tournaments that incorporate both tennis matches and team building activities.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
The tennis coaching will mainly involve working with informal township and street leagues, which means there might be a lack of organisation at times. However, so long as you have the ability to accept that things may not always go as planned, this really will be an exciting and rewarding placement. Not only will you be making a real impact on grassroots tennis but you will be working alongside dedicated locals who are supported by the Roger Federer Foundation.
Being a tennis coach in South Africa will mean you are responsible for running and supervising all training and tennis matches for your players. This may sound daunting but you will soon realise that you have an understanding of tennis that the players are desperate to gain. The rewards are great because the raw talent is often there whilst an understanding of the basics are often lacking. You will spend time introducing and developing the fundamentals of the sport, including the technical aspects of serving, overheads, volleying and ground strokes, helping to build your players’ repertoire of shots. You will also work on your players’ general health and fitness, usually in fun, group sessions.