WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
South Africa has a great sporting reputation but few top players come from poorer backgrounds and many young people lack the opportunity to play sport in a well structured environment. The project aims to bridge this gap and offer young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to benefit from structured rugby training. In addition, working closely with rugby academies, the project strives to identify South Africa's next generation of Springboks.
This rugby coaching placement gives you the chance to organise coaching sessions, training drills and matches for local children who are keen to play and develop in a game that is loved on all continents. Although the emphasis is on fun, you are sure to find some undiscovered talent that can be developed through your hard work and knowledge of the game.
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.
You will normally work with children who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and hopefully become much more than just a coach to them. As their mentor and friend, you will lead them on a rugby training programme from simple ball handling skills to movement, position holding and team play.
The majority of your placement will involve running training sessions and matches for the children as well as providing them with decent rugby balls and other training equipment. You will also have solid support from the other volunteers, our in country staff and local coaches, who will give you all the training methods and ideas that you might need. From complicated technical play and beach runs to rucking and mauling formations, you will soon develop your own coaching programme, unique to you and your players. Over the course of your project, you will see the children develop and improve under your guidance, making this an exceptionally rewarding project!