Our most popular program at Camp South Africa
*Sports coaching can be done alongside a teaching English project, or by itself.
Our sports coaching project is our most popular program at Camp South Africa, but you do not need to be an expert far far from it. If you have a passion and simply want to help, then that’s all is needed from you.
As Nelson Mandela said: ‘Sport has the power to change the world… Sport can create hope’, and this message has inspired Camp South Africa.
The children in South Africa’s townships do not get the opportunity to play sport within their school day due to low funding and resources, and this is where you come in!
What kind of coaching would I be helping with and how does it work?
Depending on the number of coaches there at the same time, you will usually be coaching in groups of twos or threes. So don’t worry – you won’t be on your own. It’s a team effort!
A usual session will start with a fun warm up (including games and fun competitions), develop into some skill development exercises, maybe a small match or two and most likely end with lots of singing and dancing and maybe the odd Xhosa lesson (this is where the children will teach you!).
Coaching in this project relies on having a relaxed attitude and being able to improvise. The levels and quantities of equipment out there can be very limited, so you may have to use rocks instead of cones, but that’s all part of the fun.
What kind of children would I be Coaching and what kind of sports?
You will be coaching kids ranging from 8-14 years of age, sometimes in the same class (as the classes are very mixed) with a mixture of boys and girls (depending on what sports you help to coach, with more girls in netball and more boys in rugby).
Nearly all of the children have a very basic level of English, but you might have to improvise in how you explain things, with lots of demonstrations, but this really does just add to the fun and the experience!
The abilities of the children you coach will be very varied depending on the school you’re in and the sport you are coaching.
Those coaching football often find the boys are quite skilled due to their sheer love of the sport. However, those coaching sports such as Netball and Hockey may find themselves coaching complete beginners.
What does a normal day look like?
- Coaching takes place from Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
- On a normal day, you will leave the accommodation at about 8:30am and return at about 5:00pm. We say ‘on a normal day’ because as you will quickly find out, the way of life in South Africa is very relaxed and plans often change, so you may get a few half days off here and there!
- Participants will coach in three different schools a day for about an hour and a half at each, and you will be transported to and from each by the team in South Africa.
- The purpose built guest centre and other facilities are situated both in close proximity to and on the main reserve.
- The main facility is an area locally known as Pote, which is on the wildlife breeding area of the reserve. General game including zebra, kudu and waterbuck can be found along with buffalo on the adjoining property.
- The reserve is malaria free.
Main Building Accommodation;
- Spacious twin bedded rooms
- Shared shower, toilet and basin bathroom facilities per room
- Communal safe per room
- Built in cupboards
- Outdoor boma area (fire pit and seating area)
- Plunge pool
- Canteen dining area
- Lounge and entertainment area
- Television with DVD player and access to local cable channels
- Computer with internet access (Wi-Fi vouchers bought at cost)
- World Call Card telephone system
Tented Camp Accommodation;
- Spacious tented accommodation sleeping three per tent
- Shared en-suite shower, toilet and basin per tent
- Cupboard storage space
- Canteen dining room area serving as study room and kitchen
- Communal fridge for storage of beverages or perishables
- Communal computer
- Outdoor ‘boma’ (seating area) and fireplace
- Airport pick up and transfers
- 3 meals a day, 7 days a week
- Accommodation throughout your stay (complete with WiFi and other amenities)
- Shared House with a Swimming Pool
- Full Orientation in South Africa
- Pre-departure and 24/7 in-Country support from our supported charity
- Coaching equipment – feel free to bring your own too!
- A Camp South Africa goody bag (with a branded t-shirt, whistle, lanyard and sports bag!)
- 2 FREE Group Excursions, which may include (depending on date of travel) a visit to a local safari park, day trip to Jeffreys Bay, day trip to Bloukrans / Storms River, Boat trip