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 football training. In addition, working closely with Football Academies, the project strives to identify South Africa's next generation of top footballers.
Although the focus is on football, the project's aims are far larger. The goal is to inspire young people and teach life skills, developing a responsible youth, as well as bridging social divides and enhancing awareness of a wide range of social and health issues. Essentially football is used as a vehicle to holistically improve the lives of young people from township communities.
As a football coaching volunteer, you can help provide opportunities for enthusiastic young players to practise sports in an organised and fun environment as well as teaching them personal life skills which will equip them for the rest of their lives!
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 you will become so much more than just a coach to them. As their mentor and friend, you will lead them on a football training program as well as teaching parts of a life-skills curriculum designed to be both enjoyable and educational.
The majority of your placement will involve running training sessions and matches for the children as well as providing them with decent footballs and other training equipment. You may also get the opportunity to organise tournaments, holiday camps and various educational activities depending on when you travel and local school holidays. Over the course of your project, you will see the children develop and improve under your guidance, making this an exceptionally rewarding project!