WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Many young people lack the opportunity to play sport in a well structured environment. This project aims to bridge this gap and offer young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to benefit from structured sports training. Working closely with local schools and sports clubs, this project strives to identify Madagascar’s next generation of top sportsmen and women.
Although the focus is on sport, the project's aims are far larger. The goal is to inspire young people and teach life skills, developing a responsible youth generation, as well as bridging social divides and enhancing awareness of a wide range of social and health issues. Essentially, sport is used as a vehicle holistically to improve the lives of young people from township communities.
As a sports coaching volunteer, you can help provide opportunities for enthusiastic young players to practise sports in an organised and fun environment, as well as teaching them personal life skills which will equip them for the rest of their lives!
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Under the leadership of local staff you will usually work five days a week coaching children of primary and secondary school age (5-16). You will normally work with children who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and will become so much more than just a coach to them. As their mentor and role model, you will lead them on a sports training programme, as well as teaching parts of a life skills curriculum designed to be both enjoyable and educational.
You will be fully integrated into the life of the school or sports club, organising a variety of sporting activities. During your placement, you may find yourself coaching basketball, football, handball, netball, volleyball and a whole host of other sports. With extracurricular activities often taking the back burner to other subjects such as English and maths, you will inject much needed enthusiasm and creativity into the children's lives. Whilst working on this project, you are encouraged to be creative and bring your own unique skills and personality to enliven and enrich the experience of the kids in your care.
The majority of your placement will involve running training clinics and matches for the children. You may also get the opportunity to organise tournaments, holiday camps and various educational activities, depending on when you travel and local school holidays. Over the course of your project, you will see the children develop and improve under your guidance, making this an exceptionally rewarding project!