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South Africa Netball Coaching

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South Africa Netball Coaching

Work with disadvantaged children to promote teamwork and life skills, bringing happiness into their lives through netball.

Prices from $2,245

 Visit South Africa, a "Rainbow Nation" that combines modern culture with an ancient landscape that is simply breathtaking. South Africa has evolved over thousands of years to become the biologically and culturally diverse nation that it is today and attracts thousands of visitors a year to its wide, sandy beaches, cosmopolitan cities and, of course, its famous wildlife and game reserves.

Although netball may not be South Africa's most renowned sport, the enjoyment and passion for the game is shared by many. Furthermore, the desire to develop and play as part of a well structured team is as equally common and this is exactly what our netball coaching placements have enabled more and more young players to do. So why not spend a gap year, a career break or a sports activity holiday coaching aspiring young netball players? 


  • Become a coach, mentor and friend to disadvantaged children
  • Discover the Rainbow Nation
  • Make lifelong friends


  • Minimum age of 17 years


Location Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Activities Training sessions
Competitive matches
Organising competitions
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Shared volunteer house


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

Airport pick-up & drop-off
Project orientation & induction
Project-related transport
In-country emergency support
24 hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


We welcome volunteers who enjoy playing or coaching netball, be it socially with friends, representing your school, club or university team or even as far as holding coaching qualifications.  The emphasis is not on developing Africa's next big star, but on getting alongside children from less advantaged backgrounds and building friendships whilst sharing a common experience. It is from here that you will start to give enthusiastic players the chance to play the sport they love in an organised and fun environment. Whatever your background, be assured that you will be able to offer something positive to the children and netball projects you work on making this an exceptionally rewarding project! 

During your placement, you will be under the guidance of our in country team and largely based in the townships and schools that skirt the city. The first stage as a coach is to help organise and run training sessions and matches for the children, as well as providing them with decent netball equipment. This will be a great way of forming relationships with the players and also for developing your own confidence. The second stage will be planning and running netball tournaments that incorporate both matches and team building activities, providing enthusiastic young players the opportunity to develop and grow. 


Under the leadership of local staff you will usually work five days a week coaching children of various ages, normally between nine and sixteen, on both in school and after school placements at various schools in the townships around Port Elizabeth. 

Being a netball coach in South Africa will mean you are responsible for organising and supervising all training and matches for your players, who will typically come from disadvantaged backgrounds. This may sound daunting, but you will soon realise that you have an understanding of the game that the players are desperate to have. The rewards are great because the enthusiasm is there, whilst an understanding of the basics and the experience of a team structure are often not. By introducing passing and shooting techniques, as well as position holding, movement and team play, your players will develop rapidly. You will also have the flexibility to introduce your own coaching methods. From technical plays to fitness training, you will soon develop your own coaching programme, unique to you and your players.


On arrival you will be collected from Port Elizabeth airport and taken to your volunteer accommodation where you can settle in. You will then start 3–4 days of orientation where you will be given inductions and various workshops and training and be able to get to know the local staff and your fellow volunteers.Throughout your placement all work related transport is included in your project contribution. 


During this placement you will stay in a comfortable volunteer house with dormitory style rooms and shared toilets and showers. The volunteer house has a great sociable atmosphere with Sky TV and a games room with a pool table and table tennis to enjoy with your fellow volunteers. The accommodation is conveniently located only a ten minute drive away from town or the beach and a shopping centre and various amenities are within walking distance. 


Three meals a day are provided on your placement and vegetarians can be catered for if required. There will be breakfast of toast, spreads and cereals, a packed lunch which the volunteers make up themselves and dinner is available in the canteen offering various western style meals such as pasta dishes and burgers and some South African specialities. If you venture to any local cafe or restaurant, try some of the local cuisine such as biltong and bobotie, a delicious shepherd's pie-style dish, or boerewors, which are handmade farm sausages and very popular with visitors!

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You have most evenings free and weekends are also usually free for activities or personal travel. Port Elizabeth is a traveller's hotspot, renowned for its great social life, exciting activities, game reserves, scuba schools and vast stretches of golden beaches.

In country staff put great emphasis on aiding the volunteers to organise activities and outings together to explore South Africa and, all in all, have lots of fun whilst on their placements!  Volunteers enjoy playing volleyball and football on the beach nearby and you could even set up a volunteer sports team and see how you fare against the South Africans!  Further afield there are plenty of adventurous activities around Port Elizabeth such as scuba diving, horse riding, bungee jumping and elephant riding! You may also have the opportunity to see the amazing wildlife of South Africa on safari trips to surrounding game reserves.

In a 12-week stay, some exciting excursions are included in your project contribution such as a visit to Kragga Kama Game Reserve, a trip to Jeffrey's Bay, the home of surfing in South Africa, and one to Bloukrans Bridge, where the world's highest bungee is!  In the 12-week placement some local cultural activities are also included, comprising a traditional dance and drumming performance and workshop, an authentic evening meal under the stars at Bushcamp Boma and a visit to a historical museum. 


5 weeks $2,245

12 weeks $4,295

Extra week $345


Project runs from Saturday to Saturday


12th January (5-11 weeks)

16th February (5-6 weeks)

30th March (5-12 weeks)

4th May (5-7 Weeks)

6th July (5 weeks)

17th August (5-12 weeks)

21st September (5-7 weeks)


11th January (5-11 weeks)

15th February (5-6 weeks)

4th April (5-11 weeks)

9th May (5-6 Weeks)

4th July (5 weeks)

15th August (5-12 weeks)

19th September (5-7 weeks)


5 - 12 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre departure supprt & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Project orientation & induction
  • Project-related transport
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24 hour international HQ backup


Nearest airport(s): Port Elizabeth (PLZ)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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