Coach Football and Volunteer Abroad
- Role: Assisting local coaches or leading your own classes in schools and local clubs, helping children to improve their skills and general fitness.
- Requirements: None
Considered the world’s most popular sport and played in virtually every country around the world, football is truly universal. It possesses a unique ability to excite and unite people at home and abroad, as demonstrated by the 2010 World Cup.
Football’s main quality has always been its simplicity; it requires a bare minimum of equipment, can be played pretty much anywhere – grass, concrete or sand – and is easy to pick up. Played regularly, it will develop many physical attributes: speed, stamina, balance and co-ordination being just a handful.
But football is about so much more than simply the physical side. It can be incredibly rewarding for children to play football because it develops notions of teamwork, fair play and respect, which in turn help to develop character. Within this social context it can also be good for communities because football focuses the minds of young people, occupying them with a wholesome, worthwhile activity.
For some who play football it can even be an avenue to fame and fortune but, for all, it’s ‘the beautiful game’!
To read about our football academy based in Ghana, please visit the Cantonments Football Academy. This project aims to help talented young African footballers with their education, development and eventual placement in a professional club.
Volunteer Football Coaching Abroad
Our aim is to give you the necessary information and skills to develop the young football talent of your chosen destination, while you develop your own skills as a coach. You do not have to be an experienced coach with a coaching certificate to get involved. You do not necessarily need to be an exceptional football player, although it is always an advantage if you have a few good skills.
Your role will be wide and varied, but there are certain criteria which are most definitely needed including enthusiasm, knowledge of skills and techniques and a warm, approachable manner. You can volunteer abroad on a football-coaching project on your gap year, career break or as part of an extended vacation.
Whether you’re on a placement for four, six, eight weeks or longer we will provide a specific coaching program to assist you in your role, and support you all the way. Whichever destination you choose to volunteer in, you will rapidly see the impact that you are making on the young people you are working with. At the same time, you will be gaining experience of sports development that will stand out if you choose to study or work in this area in the future.