Volunteer Sports Coaching Programs
Eager to join a Volunteer Sports Coaching Program with African Impact? Here’s what you need to know.
What are the benefits of volunteer coaching?
Sports offer unique opportunities for youth to work together as a team to solve complex problems. This collaboration can develop behavioural skills that are critical to child development! Increased physical activity is proven to benefit a child’s physical health, mental well-being and academic performance. Further, after-school sports create a fun and engaging environment where youth can confidently grow, preventing them from joining dangerous activities like crime and substance abuse.
Sports in Africa
Unfortunately, a large portion of children in Africa does not have access to these opportunities. Almost 50% of children in Sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty, where communities cannot access the resources needed to run these programs. Across Africa, many public school systems do not offer physical education in their curriculum, and if they do provide it, these programs are often significantly underfunded.
Making an Impact
As a volunteer coach, you’ll get involved in bringing the rewarding benefits of physical activity to South African and Zambian youth who otherwise wouldn’t have access to sports programs.
Running sports programs in rural schools and assisting with local coaches for after-school clubs, you’ll empower young students to get excited about physical activity and health! During their project, volunteer coaches will collaborate with community members to develop new recreation programs for kids. These programs can inspire positive child development and encourage kids to engage in positive relationships with classmates. Working closely with your placement community, you’ll discover sustainable solutions to offering physical activities where resources are limited.
How to be a Volunteer Coach?
If you are looking to get involved in volunteer sports coaching, joining an African Impact project is an incredible way to start! Here are a few of the ways you can make an impact as a volunteer coach in Africa.
After School Programs
Volunteers will regularly have opportunities to participate in after-school programs for students. These programs are integral to providing safe and engaging environments where kids can participate in valuable physical activity! While their parents are working, after-school groups are an incredible place for youth to build essential interpersonal skills like leadership, teamwork, and communication. As a volunteer coach, you’ll help facilitate these programs by playing games, teaching new sports, and encouraging young kids’ growth.
Physical Education in Schools
During our sport coaching programs, volunteers will also have opportunities to teach sports with local coaches at schools! Bringing your unique skills and creativity, you’ll lead physical education programs at a variety of schools, getting kids moving and playing together. Resources at these schools are often limited, meaning creativity among volunteers is highly encouraged. Children love these programs, so we encourage volunteers to bring their positive energy and passion for youth development!
Coach a Specific Sport
If you have experience playing or coaching a specific sport, you can work with a team in a local league as an assistant coach. Working with a local team is an excellent opportunity to teach new skills and drills in a league setting! We work with various local sports organizations and NGOs, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in unique sport-specific leagues. Using your skillset in your sport, you’ll work with local coaches to run practice sessions for a local team, introduce new drills, and bring an international perspective to training.
One of the most meaningful ways volunteers impact their coaching programs is through their interactions with kids! Joining one of our coaching projects, volunteers have a unique opportunity to be good role models for local youth. Being an engaging, fun and supportive coach, you can be an inspiration for growing youth facing challenging circumstances, and potentially, transform a life.