Gap Year South Africa sports coaching projects contribute to encouraging mass participation in sport for school children and are aimed primarily at previously disadvantaged groups, communities and individuals with a strong developmental approach. Our community sports coaching project contributes towards transformation whilst removing potential access barriers such as cost, elitism, race and gender. The intended beneficiaries of our sports coaching project are young people who have inherently been afforded very little exceptional sports coaching activities.
Community Setting Gap Year South Africa sports coaching projects partner school has over 1300 school learners with an everage class size of 45-50 children per class. The large majority of the school children attending the school live in shacks (with very little electricity and basic services). Often the only meal the children have on a daily basis is the one they receive at school as part of the school nutrition programme. Children of this community are often taking on responsibilities way beyond their years. Such as heading up households and caring for their siblings due to one or both of their parents being deceased (often caused by HIV Aids and related illnesses). The school is hugely under resourced with very humble surrounding and facilities. Formal physical was only reintroduced in 2010 . Prior to this there was no physical education at the school after the Government removed it from the National Curriculum. The Government is in the process of trying to reintroduce physical education back into schools. The children are busy doing basic speed, agility and quickness (SAQ) on a daily basis. There are a group of permanent coaches assigned to the school. These coaches are working hard at trying to get a smooth running physical education programme running on a daily basis. The development sports coaching programme would involve:
- During your stay you`ll receive a tour of both the school and the community, as well as meet the lead coaches at the school.
- You will then be inducted and trained by our SAQ Qualified Training Instructor
- The training will be conducted over a 2-day period at the Goodsport Training Grounds
- The course will cover the Fundamental Movement Award Certified Course which is the basic training required to deliver the coaching standards for the physical education programme.
- The other 3 days will involve you shadowing a Lead Coach and receiving an orientation at our partner school.
- During the morning you`ll be coaching the schools physical education programme along with the other coaching based at the school.
- During the afternoon you`ll take part in coaching one of the school or community sports teams who take part in a local school or community sports league.
- The physical education programme will take place during the normal school day and the sports team development coaching takes place after school.
If you are a qualified sports coach, physical education teacher or just enjoy fitness and sport. You will have an excellent opportunity to take on a greater level of teaching and sports coaching responsibility within our under-resourced partner school. And also be able to assist with coaching and getting the teams prepared for their different leagues in soccer, rugby, cricket, netball and basketball. And be a part of developing the potential of children who wouldn’t otherwise have access to such excellent level of sports coaching.
|Type of project:||Sports Coaching|
|Minimum duration:||5 Weeks|
|Maximum duration:||18 Weeks|
|Location:||Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa|
|Airport:||Arrive and depart Cape Town International Airport. All transport to and from airport is provided by Gap Year South Africa.|
|Included:||Accommodation, with Wifi. Food (healthy balanced meals) Transport to and from programs. Cape Town exploration excursions. Volunteering Program equipment and services.
|Excluded:||Flights, Travel insurance, spending money, any adventure activities that we do not provide.
|Laundry:||A washer and tumble-dryer are available in the volunteer house for volunteer usage.
|Accommodation:||The Gap House is located in the Beach Town Fish Hoek, which is known as the safest suburb in South Africa. Fish Hoek is central to all the South Peninsula attractions such as Kalk Bay, Cape Point and Simons Town. It’s a short 10 minute drive from both Muizenberg beach and your volunteering programs in Masiphumelele. The Gap House is safe and secure, all necessary security precautionary methods possible are implemented to ensure your safety at all times. This house has 3 bedrooms and caters for up to 14people. Each room has private bathroom, and the Gap House has as communal kitchen, a lounge area and Dinning area.
The Gap house is nestled between mountains and has an outdoor area with a pool, front garden and braai area where volunteers can hang out and enjoy the view. Housekeeping provided to ensure the Gap House maintains a hygienic and comfortable environment for all.
|Schedule:||Volunteering times are from Monday – Friday and between 09am-6pm. Weekends are free to relax, discover Cape Town with either our Planned excursions or on your own accord.
|Menu:||Breakfast and Lunch are provided on a Self Catering basis. Dinner meals are home cooked and hearty, and cater for dietary requirements such as Vegetarian and specific allergies. Meals are well balanced including all essential food groups and designed to promote a healthy lifestyle.
|Outings:||Every Second week we arrange an excursion to explore Cape Town. Please see our Adventures Page to see what an Included Excursion looks like.
5 Weeks – 2x Paid Excursions included.
8 Weeks – 4x Paid Excursions included.
12 Weeks – 6x Paid Excursions Included.
|Required:||To have an open mind and a heart for humanity as well as a respectful attitude towards the Culture.|
DATES AND RATES
SUMMER: DECEMBER/JANUARY FEBRUARY
Warm weather, warm water, small waves and busy beaches. The summer period attracts holiday makers from all around the world as they flock to our beaches and explore our extraordinary mountain rangers. The streets are buzzing and one could find something to do at any time of the day with good food and wine night markets, Kalk Bay night life and sunsets on the beach.
Spring time is a local favorite as Cape Townians start to emerge from their winter hibernation, and often adventure out to the West Coast to see the wild flowers come to bloom, or spend lengthy afternoons in the botanical gardens soaking up the sun.
Nature calls for rain, the air is warm and not smotheringly hot as in summer, thunder storms and lighting create a glorious atmosphere to match the dramatic landscapes as the colors change to deep oranges, reds and yellows. Certainly a favorite time of the year for many, as your likely to find exceptional weather in the mid ranges, less tourists and cheaper prices. An abundance of waves on both sides as the wind gives Cape Town a little breathing space. Still evenings with a slight chill call for evening sunset walks on the beach, fantastic mountain walks as the landscapes start greening again, and certainly the most attractive of all is the viewing the Southern Right Whales in the False Bay.
An awesome time all round to visit Cape Town and if you can brave the slight temperature drop from the hot summer time then your certainly in for a treat during this time.
The land of South Africa sings with joy after long months of little to no rain. Local long boarders flock to Muizenberg beach as the swells slowly roll in and the wind blows a warm off shore North Westerly. The air has a unique chill, refreshing yet still better spent indoors, huddled up by the fire drinking soup and staying warm. The South African sun is slow to rise behind the ice capped mountains, but when dancing between stormy clouds, it gazes upon our pale faces and reveales the secrets to winters charm in South Africa.
This time of the year is ideal for surfing Muizenberg as the conditions are offshore and the waves are consistent – We venture up the East Coast to seek warm water and weather as well as some monumental moments in time such as the QS event in Jeffreys Bay which always brings the best surfers in the world and good times to follow.
Schools are closed for 3 weeks between June and July, so volunteering programs are limited but still running.
Term 1 Summer 2018: 1-12 Weeks: 15 January – 10 April 2018
Term 2 Autumn 2018: 1-12 Weeks: 10 April – 26 June 2018
Term 3 Winter 2017: 1-12 Weeks: 24 July – 10 October 2017
Term 3 Winter 2018: 1-12 Weeks: 17 July – 09 October 2018
Term 4 Spring 2017: 1-10 Weeks: 10 October – 20 December 2017
Term 4 Spring 2018: 1-10 Weeks: 09 October – 18 December 2018
You can stay 1-12 weeks starting between the above specified dates.
You can arrive any time during this period, but recommended to begin with the rest of the group on offical start Date.
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|5 Weeks||12 Weeks||Additional Week|
George Hargy, Ireland – Sports Coaching 2014 Based in Cape Town, South Africa they have everything you could ever dream of; sun, sea, mountains, beautiful people as well as amazing volunteer projects. From spending a few months learning to surf or SUP in beautiful False Bay, to teaching sport in a local township school, to doing community work or being part of the Hillsong Africa Foundation, they literally have everything. I spent 7 months there last year and it was unbelievable. Honestly can’t recommend this enough, legit best experience of your life, no joke!
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