WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION
Everything about my placement
coaching football was fantastic - the friendliness of the people in Madurai, the
excellent living conditions in the Travellers house and the wonderful support from
the in country supervisors. But most of all what really made it for me were the
school kids I was coaching - all of them such great characters, extremely dedicated
and so grateful for the opportunity to be taught more about football.
The schools we work with are all situated in the bustling city of Madurai in the
southern state of Tamil Nadu. The school are mainly ‘Matriculation’ which means
that English is taught as the first language. These schools tend to have play areas
for sport which is enjoyed as PE classes throughout the day. However most of the
schools have only basic equipment such as a few deflated footballs, no nets or bibs
and potholed pitches! Some schools even use the car park as a playing ground. Although
materials and resources may be scarce, the enthusiasm of the students and colleagues
more than makes up for any hardships.
The children are a joy to teach as they are incredibly enthusiastic about games.
They turn up for training each day eager to learn new skills, have fun and practice
their English. Coaching sports has immeasurable indirect benefits for the children,
such as health awareness, increased confidence and social skills. The Principal/sports
director and/or relevant teachers at the school will liaise with you about your
coaching assignments and our Organisers will also be happy to assist you where necessary.
You may teach between 10 and 30 children at a time. Sometimes the children can be
split into smaller groups with the PE teacher taking half the children if you find
that they are too many to coach. You’ll most likely be teaching children aged between
7 and 16. Although the children can speak English they tend to be incredibly shy
at first, but they will soon open up!
You will usually be coaching for 3 to 5 hours at one school only, however there is
a possibility that you may coach at two different venues. You will work in secondary
schools and you will normally help out with all age groups. You will be in popular
demand wherever you are placed and the children will crowd around you like a celebrity
and want your autograph. Keep a pen on you at all times!
The lessons are approximately 40 minutes each and you will be coaching a variety
- Cricket: Cricket is by far the most popular sport in India and
has produced some of the finest cricketers in the world such as Tendulkar, Dravid
and Sehwag. India won the Cricket World Cup in 1983 and under the wonderful guidance
of captain Mahindra Singh Dhoni, they won again in 2011 after a 28 year gap! Celebrations
went on well into the night all over India as fans took to the streets with flags
and firecrackers! They also won the first ever T20 world cup in 2007. Everywhere
you go you will see groups of children and adults alike playing on every piece of
spare ground they can find. Children love to practise at every opportunity so this
sport will be in great demand.
- Football: Football is probably the second most popular sport in
India after cricket. All the children in India love David Beckham and will be keen
to play the game! Football is not widely played though so resources are lacking.
You may find a few deflated footballs and cones and most of the time you will need
to improvise as you may not find goal posts. Football coaching is also available
as a full time project.
- Badminton: Badminton is also one of the most popular sports in
India with Sania Nehwal one of the emerging players in India today. Many children
play badminton but few receive proper coaching.
- Tennis: Although tennis is widely played, the recent rise of Sania
Mirza has helped to boost its popularity. The facilities at the schools may be basic
and the children may not receive proper coaching; this is where you come in.
- Volleyball: Volleyball is another popular sport in India and is
played in the larger schools.
- Basketball: Basketball is becoming more and more popular in India so any help you
can give the children will be appreciated.
Coaching is only available from June to February as from the beginning of
March the children have to concentrate on studying for exams. However, you may be
able to coach during the Summer Holidays (April to May) when Summer Camps are sometimes held in some of schools. These Summer Camps actually take place in the school grounds and are an opportunity to give more informal lessons, perhaps combining them with playing a sport or putting together a music concert or play – much more relaxed and not quite so structured. Alternatively, you can use the holidays to tour around the country and sightsee.
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 very useful and will help you to plan coaching sessions for your students.
Please keep in mind that school holidays can change unexpectedly with very little
notice given. Although at times this can be quite inconvenient, most of our volunteers
use the opportunity to travel around and explore the country.
2018 SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES
• Pongal Holiday: 13 to 17 January 2018
• Republic Day: 26 January 2018
• Mahavir Jeyanthi: 3 March 2018
• Good Friday: 30 March 2018
• Summer Vacation: 22 April to 5 June 2018
• Independence Day: 15 August 2018
• Bakrid: 22-23 August 2018
• Vinayakar Chathuri: 12 September 2018
• First Term Vacation: 24-30 September 2018
• Gandhi’s birthday: 2 October 2018
• Diwali Holiday: 17-19 October 2018
• Thevar Jayanthi: 30 October 2017
• Second Term Vacation: 24 December 2018 to 2 January 2019
Exam Periods: (approx):
• Annual Exams: 8 to 21 April 2018
• Quarterly Exams: 11 to 23 September 2018
• Half Yearly Exams: 11 to 23 December 2018