WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION
You'll get involved in a number of different activities during the day. Apart from
coaching, there are also aspects of sports administration and management, which
the school needs assistance in, including:
- Monthly sports festivals at the Sports School - schools from around the country
come to take part in these festivals!
- Matches between schools and clubs.
- Matches for overseas touring sports teams.
- Sports facility maintenance
- General paperwork and administration
This Sports School is dedicated to the development programme which it implemented
to help the underprivileged children in the community and give them a chance to
play sports in an environment just geared for sport with other local children.
You will have the opportunity to coach and play a variety of sports, including:
Tag Rugby, Hockey and Cycling (biking which is done as an outreach program
in nearby Rheenendal). Football, Golf, Bowls and Tennis are also played but to not
as large an extent. You can also get involved in a number of different roles:
- Sports Administration & Management
- Organising Sports Events
- Sports Development
- Grounds Management
- Umpiring and refereeing games.
ABOUT THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME:
The Sports School has a well established sports development programme which aims
to allow children from the surrounding townships to come to the facility and receive
free coaching. They also have children from more affluent backgrounds attending
the Sports School so there is a wonderful interaction and benefits for both groups.
There are a number of qualified coaches at the school who you will be assisting,
so if you're not a very experienced coach, or you lack confidence in your coaching
skills, you can learn and develop your own abilities by working alongside these
coaches. you can choose to coach one or more different sports and you can do a placement
for any length of time, from two weeks upwards. The sports are divided into seasons
- Summer (between October and April, with a long break in the middle from around 1st
December to around 15th January) Cricket, Cycling and Golf
- Winter (April 10th approx to 22nd September approx) Football, Hockey and Tennis
- Tag Rugby, Golf and Cycling is played throughout the year
Morning coaching is mainly for the pre-primary school children while the afternoon
coaching is when the local school children and older learners attend for their coaching.
Any administration in attended to in the mornings.
During the start of the school year (February & March) you'll go into the township
schools with the coaches to do talent spotting to identify children who have talent
in a particular sport. These children are then encouraged to come to the sports
school to receive coaching.
As well as coaching sports, you may also have the chance to train (and possibly
play) for the sports schools senior/men’s teams, if you're considered good enough.
The sports school has teams in a number of sports. If you would like to compete
and train in a specific sport, the dates for the different sports sessions are as
- Competitive Bowls, Tag Rugby, Golf and Cycling: All year round
- Cricket: January – mid March, and September - mid November
- Tennis: April – end of May
- Hockey: Mid-March until September
This placement would suit someone who has a keen interest, not only coaching sports,
but getting involved with the sports administration and management role as well.
It is open to anyone who has, or intends to study sports. This is a very professional
and intense sports placement where you can really benefit by learning sports administration,
management and coaching. At the same time you will also be providing a benefit to
the poorer community through the sports development programme.
THE "KIDS IN TRAFFIC" PROGRAMME:
The sports school placement has rolled out a new program with pre-primary schools and crèches called “Kids in traffic”. A “mock street” area is set up with traffic lights, stop signs and zebra crossings. The coach instructs the little ones on basic traffic rules and then they are separated into groups of cyclists and pedestrians. With the help of coaches and volunteers they are then instructed how to walk on the pavement and how to use the roads.
Programs like this are really important to educate the little ones on the rules of the roads and thus prevent them getting into tragic situations and at the same stage they also start learning how to ride bicycles for the first time. A great way to combine sport, education and safety in a fun way.
SCHOOL TERMS IN SOUTH AFRICA:
Please note that this placement is not available during the school holidays, so it’s important to consult the school terms below to plan your placement dates. Your project coordinator will also assist you with your placement planning, as well as suggest alternatives and exciting things to do during the holiday periods.
Dates for the 2018 school terms (semesters) are given below.
Term 1: 17 January – 28 March
Term 2: 10 April – 22 June
Term 3: 17 July – 28 September
Term 4: 9 October – 12 December
Generally the last week before terms end is given to exams and tests. This means that you will find your work load dropping during this week and you will usually find more free time than normal school time. Exams are written by classes from Grade 3 upward three times a year. For the last three weeks of term 2, 3 and 4 it would not be suitable to volunteer in the classes doing exams. The younger children would still welcome volunteers, but individual requests for these dates would have to be discussed first.
Weekends and school holidays are free for you to sight-see and do activities, tours and trips! Please see some of the amazing Add-On trips we've put together for you to complement your placement. More information can be found on the ‘Optional Activities’ Tab on the left.
EXTRA ACTIVITIES YOU MAY BE ABLE TO INCORPORATE INTO
You may also have the opportunity to provide help and support to the local community
through the various afternoon activities we have to offer. This is an excellent
way to immerse yourself in the African culture, but most importantly to give a caring
hand to the local community. The activities could range from helping out at:
- The Safe House: Make the afternoons fun and exciting for these
lovely children by playing games, helping them with homework and just being there
to give them the attention that they so appreciate.
- After-school drama or sports - Take some time out after school
to set up after school sports or drama clubs, the children love it and it's a great
way to get to know them better in a relaxed and fun environment. If you'd like to
set up a drama or sports club, please let us know when you apply so that we can
arrange it with the school before you arrive.)
- Other community projects - Past volunteers have helped to paint
the outside of a crèche that was in desperate need of a lift. The crèche is now
looking very cheerful with brightly coloured walls. A jungle gym was donated to
this orphanage and volunteers also helped to put it together for the crèche too!
There may be other similar projects available at the time you're there that you
might want to participate in.
- Township Soup Kitchen: On days that your school roster might allow
you to finish a little early, our volunteers sometimes help at a local township