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Gap Year Sports Travel

Many people see a gap year as a great way to escape from the pressures and constraints of school, college and university, and to experience what the world of sports has to offer. A gap year can mean different things for different people, but the one thing that they all have in common with Sporting Opportunities, is that you will have the best sports experience available. Whether you are looking to take a whole year out to travel the world, take a 2 – 3 month voyage to experience the sporty lifestyles of another country, or just want multiple short breaks through the year in and around your work and studying commitments, then Sporting Opportunities has a trip for you! 

A sports gap year with Sporting Opportunities will give you so many opportunities to broaden your cultural and sporting horizons. Whether that is through volunteering your time to help coach kids from disadvantaged communities, play and train with a local team overseas, share your worldly knowledge in a sports summer camp, gain some valuable work experience, or pick up some handy qualifications for your career in sport, you are bound to get the most out of your gap year in an action packed sports adventure.

We understand that gap years are best when you get to meet people and share your experience, which is why our gap year sports trips are designed to be group orientated and all about the social side of things as well as your personal sport experience. Meet like-minded coaches and players, pick up some valuable skills and experience, and have an amazing sports gap year overseas!

What Can You Do?

If sport is your thing, then you are in the right place for the best sports experience of your life! Sporting Opportunities has searched far and wide and travelled to experience sport in some of the worlds top destinations, so that we can put together some epic sports trips for your gap year. We understand that everybody has there preferences in their chosen sports, and we have some awesome tailored trips to make sure you can have the best experience possible.

We offer an unrivalled range of sports trips in some of the worlds top travel destinations. Here are some ideas to get you itching to get on the plane and discovering a whole new world of sport:

Volunteering – Coach sports to kids from disadvantaged communities around the world. Run football coaching session in the barrio communities in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Train & Play – Take you game to next level and train with academies and local teams overseas. Build on your rugby skills whilst training and playing with a premier club in Brisbane, Australia.

Courses & Qualifications – Get qualified in sports overseas on one of our professional courses. Become a qualified snowboard instructor on the slopes of Fernie, Canada.

Internships & Work Experience – Gain valuable work experience abroad to kick-start your career in sport. Work as a sports physiotherapist for a top football club in Accra, Ghana.

Summer Camps – Guide and mentor young athletes and help them develop their sporting skills on sports summer camps – Join our coaching team working on sports summer camps across St Lucia.

University Deferrals

Many people finish their time at school or college and then it dawns on them that they need a bit of time out before heading straight into university life. If this applies to you then there are ways for you to not give up your university place, and to also embark on your sports trip of a lifetime.

Many universities are very happy to accommodate those looking to defer their place to start the following year, which will give you well of 12 months to do something new and exciting in the world of sport. 

Universities often appreciate and support gap years and travel experience, especially if you are travelling overseas to do something constructive. Gap year sports travel will give you time to mature and grow as an individual before furthering your education, as well as giving you that added conversation started when you arrive at your new university digs.


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Testimonials
  • “The volunteering and the staff made this the best 12 weeks of my life. To see how positive the community reacts on the work of the volunteers forces you to do your best to leave a good impression.”
    Patrick Radmacher , Football, India
     
  • "This was a really great experience, takes a couple days to get into the swing of things, but after that the trip runs very smoothly. All the staff and other volunteers were very friendly and I will defiantly be doing something similar next summer. Unforgettable!"
    Will Hurl , Football, Ghana
     
  • "The football coaching was great, and also being able to play a lot of football was even better. I thought the staff were great as they loved football and that added to our experience. Great people, great experience and a great sport to be playing in Ghana."
    Matt Pheasant , Football, Ghana
     
  • “Initially I had minor worries that a girl football coach would not be respected, but as soon as I got there, this illusion was proven very wrong!”
    Lucy Mills , Football, Ghana
     
  • "Hola amigos! Just got back to the UK after a epic trip out in Buenos Aires. I can safely say that it's one of my favourite places in the world.So many things make this city great be it the food, women, wine, or footy!"
    James Kennedy , Football, Argentina
     
  • ''I had an amazing experience and the team in Argentina are fantastic. Thanks to Alejandro for really showing me the true Argentine way of life. I look forward to visting again someday and seeing how the kids have developed their Messi skills!"
    Jason Evans , Football, Argentina
     
  • "Football Coaching in India was awesome - from the time I arrived to the day I left. The people, especially the children, the culture, the food, were all so great! It was an experience that I will never forget! Thank you Sporting Opportunities.... Sanj."
    Sanjay Thanki , Football, India
     
  • "The experience I had in Ecuador was without doubt the greatest experience of my life so far. I would recommend the programme to anyone who has even the slightest interest in playing or coaching football. The playing experience I gained with La Universidad Catolica was second to none."
    Craig Lawlor , Football, Ecuador
     
  • "My time in Quito was amazing. I had a wonderful experience working with the kids, and partying in the Mariscal. My homestay was also fabulous and I made amazing friends with my other housemates and the family. I look forward to returning sometime soon."
    Francesca Ioffreda , Football, Ecuador
     
  • ''Since coming back to England I have been able to get hold of two sets of junior clubs, of which there are none in Ghana – the children out there were practicing using full size clubs!''
    Francis Boatman , Golf, Ghana
     
  • "The in-country staff were really great and the kitchen and house coordinators were amazingly helpful and always there trying to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable."
    Juan Echeverria , Golf, Ghana
     
  • "Had such an amazing time out in Argentina. The pitches were good quality and managed to play some competitive games myself which was really fun."
    Sarah Marshall , Hockey, Argentina
     
  • "Absolutely incredible experience, had such a good time and have developed so much as a person as a result. Would do it all over again!"
    Dan Langman , Hockey, Argentina
     
  • “Whether you’re looking for sport, adventure or worthwhile volunteer projects, South Africa is definitely the place to come - it really does have something for everyone!”
    Hannah Clare , Hockey, South Africa
     
  • “I'd do this whole experience again without a shadow of a doubt - I had the time of my life! I think the coaching and building a great rapport with the children was one of the most rewarding things I've done in a long time.”
    Emily Crowe , Hockey, South Africa
     
  • “A challenging, yet eye-opening and amazing experience. Everyone, from staff to volunteers, were so friendly and welcoming.”
    Calum Hamilton , Hockey, South Africa
     
  • “For me it was a great experience and I would do it again for sure. The staff were all so friendly and it was always fun! With these projects I really got to know the Indian culture better.”
    Lisa Schaffner , Hockey, India
     
  • “The children seemed to always pay attention and were eager to learn, which is not always something you see in the U.K. This was really rewarding and a great way to see India.”
    Rujesh Dhulashia , Hockey, India
     
  • ''My best achievement in Ghana has been coaching a large group of under 12s hockey. I also learned a lot of new coaching techniques myself.''
    Hannah Levelle , Hockey, Ghana
     
  • ''Everyone was so friendly and made me feel very welcome and part of the club. They are absolutely devoted to the game and there is a real buzz around the place.''
    Julia Brooks , Hockey, Ghana
     
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