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Volunteer Rugby Coaching in Ghana

  • ROLE: To train local rugby players and help to plan games in the local league
  • AGE OF STUDENTS: 12-18
  • CLASS SIZE: 70
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 1 week
  • START DATES: Flexible

Rugby practice outside of a school on the Sports project in Ghana

Rugby is an emerging sport in Ghana, with many Ghanaians now discovering its attractions. But up until now, it is a sport which has barely penetrated Africa, other than in the far south of the continent.

As a volunteer sports coach in Ghana with Projects Abroad, you will have the chance to coach rugby in schools in Cape Coast, teaching children and teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18. We are working alongside a respected local rugby coach George Avoola Ladipo, the coach of the Junior National Rugby team, to help develop the sport in all of the Cape Coast Region. George is a qualified coach who is eager to pass on some of his coaching skills and experience to willing volunteers who want to help him bring rugby to Ghana.

Your Role Volunteering Abroad on a Rugby Project in Ghana

Volunteers will participate in the following activities:

  • Help in planning the central and western rugby league
  • Planning toward and training for the September Cape Coast festival beach rugby competition
  • Engage in training some of the school sports teachers
  • Training children and adults within various rugby clubs
  • Beach rugby training

This is a great opportunity for anyone passionate about rugby to get involved in the development of the project. You will be able to pass your enthusiasm for rugby on to a new generation of young people and - who knows – in a few years’ time you may even find that you have been coaching members of the first national Ghanaian rugby team!

Rugby Program Schedule

Our rugby program is most effective when schools are in session, especially at the beginning of the school terms. The best months for volunteers to work on the project are February/March, May/June as well as September through to November. If you cannot join the project during these months, you may still participate in the project, but it is best combined with a Care or Teaching project, as the training will be in the afternoons only.

Gap Year volunteer coaches a school rugby team in Ghana

Upon arrival, your daily program will be discussed with the project supervisor. Training times are as follows:

  • 5:00am - 8:00am
  • 12:00 noon - 3:00pm
  • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm

This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.

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