WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
We welcome volunteers who enjoy playing or coaching netball, 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 big star, but on getting alongside children from less advantaged backgrounds and building friendships whilst sharing a common experience. It is from here that you will start to give enthusiastic 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 netball projects you work on making this an exceptionally rewarding project!
During your placement, you will be under the guidance of our in country team and largely based in the townships and schools that skirt the city. The first stage as a coach is to help organise and run training sessions and matches for the children, as well as providing them with decent netball equipment. This will be a great way of forming relationships with the players and also for developing your own confidence. The second stage will be planning and running netball tournaments that incorporate both matches and team building activities, providing enthusiastic young players the opportunity to develop and grow.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Under the leadership of local staff you will usually work five days a week coaching children of various ages, normally between nine and sixteen, on both in school and after school placements at various schools in the townships around Port Elizabeth.
Being a netball coach in South Africa will mean you are responsible for organising and supervising all training and matches for your players, who will typically come from disadvantaged backgrounds. This may sound daunting, but you will soon realise that you have an understanding of the game that the players are desperate to have. The rewards are great because the enthusiasm is there, whilst an understanding of the basics and the experience of a team structure are often not. By introducing passing and shooting techniques, as well as position holding, movement and team play, your players will develop rapidly. You will also have the flexibility to introduce your own coaching methods. From technical plays to fitness training, you will soon develop your own coaching programme, unique to you and your players.