WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION
We work with a variety of schools in Perth that each differ in terms of the ages
of the children and their sporting abilities. Your day will usually be made up of
a mixture of teaching in class plus the chance to coach children a sport or a number
of sports during PE lessons. As the sports lessons won't fill up your time-table,
you'll help out with other lessons, too, such as English and helping with reading
and writing. The sports that you can usually coach are Football and Cricket.
You’ll have the opportunity to coach a sport, or a number of sports, in the day
during school hours, to children in Primary schools. The ages range from 5 to 10
years-old. The children at the school are young and sport is part time and to a
“playground” standard only. These primary schools are IEC (Intensive English Centers)
schools and take refugee children from countries such as Afghanistan, Sudan and
Somalia. However, the combination of teaching and coaching will give you great diversity
on the project.
The sports are generally coached by season, but if you wanted to coach a sport that
was not in season, or if you wanted to introduce a new sport to the children, the
school would welcome it as long as it was of benefit to the children. Usually, you
will be involved in a wide range or specific sporting activities, which will give
you a very diverse project. Some of the sports are generally taught by season, but
many are taught all year round. You’ll also help with sports lesson plans. The schools
usually have excellent facilities.
School lessons last for 40 minutes and the school day runs from around 8:45 - 2:45
pm. You'll spend about 4 to 5 hours a day helping the children at the school.
SCHOOL TERM TIMES AND PROJECT DATES:
This project runs during the school terms. The school terms are as follows:
- Term 4: Monday 8 October - Thursday 13 December
- Term 1: 4th February - 12th April
- Term 2: 29th April - 5th July
- Term 3: 22nd July - 27th September
- Term 4: 14th October - 19th December
Different sports have different seasons and the main sports are as follows:
- February - April: Swimming, Tennis, Cricket, Athletics
- May - July: Rugby Union & League, Football (soccer) , Hockey, Netball, Australian
- August – October: Football, Netball. AFL
- October - December: Athletics, Cricket, Cross Country & Football.
Teaching: You won't be involved in sports all the time, as the
may assign you to whichever activities are needed most by the children at the time
of your project. There is only a modest amount of sports coaching availablel in
the schools, so you must be prepared to get involved in all aspects of school work
as well, thus you will do a lot of classroom teaching.
When you are working on sports, you will be working as an assistant to the sports
teacher during school hours.
Regarding your normal teaching lessons, as well as teaching English, you get involved
with teaching a number of other subjects with the children from the IEC centre.
The subjects that may be available for you to teach are:
FREE COACHING MANUALS:
As a volunteer sports coach with Travellers, you have access to a large number
of coaching manuals for each sport - these manuals have been produced in-house by
Travellers and are generally very useful in helping you to plan coaching sessions
for your students.