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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
  • "I made so many great friends on the surf camp that I stayed in contact with throughout my 12 months in Australia."
    Nikki Denton , Surfing, Australia
     
  • "Having the scuba diving course off the back of the job support and friends I made was such a useful start to my career break in Australia."
    Emily Lamb , Scuba Diving, Australia
     
  • "I loved everything about my time in Australia, made that much better by the Sporting Opportunities team helping me settle into Aussie life that more easily."
    Ed Dench , Scuba Diving, Australia
     
  • ''It was an ideal opportunity for me to combine travelling with my passion for sport.''
    James Hairsine , Football, Ghana
     
  • “This was a fantastic opportunity to gain some experience in sports psychology, which has really helped with the psychology element of my sports studies degree.”
    Anthony Gibson , Football, Ghana
     
  • "First class training and facilities. Just what I needed to keep up with my high performance training and fitness conditioning."
    David Burgess , Rugby Union, Australia
     
  • "This training experience in Australia was such a great way to spend part of my gap year and has got me focussed to continue my Rugby back home."
    Rory Leadbetter , Rugby Union, Australia
     
  • "The sports tour that Sporting Opportunities arranged for us was perfect. South Africa was a great country and having the mix of playing against locals as well as coaching sport to kids in the townships was a nice balance. Doing two weeks in South Africa has made a number of us want to come back for a longer stint on one of your 5 week volunteer coaching projects so look out for us. Thanks to all involved".
    Dan Long , Volleyball, South Africa
     
  • "Taking the girls on this two week hockey tour was excellent. It was the first time that any of us had been to South Africa and the team made us feel extremely welcome and comfortable. You pack so much into such a short period which totally tired us out but apart from being great fun will be a fond memory for years to come. We'll certainly be looking at coming away with you again".
    Sarah Jackson: PE Teacher , Volleyball, South Africa
     
  • "A well organised trip with a difference. Combining playing and coaching as well as all the cultural things you put on for us was a great idea. To even get to a Springboks Rugby game was a special treat for the lads on this tour so thanks for going the extra mile to make this happen for us".
    Geoff Fagence: Rugby Coach , Volleyball, South Africa
     
  • "Teaching netball and volleyball to the girls was great fun. I've totally loved Thailand and can't wait to see more of it."
    Lucinda Redfern , Basketball, Thailand
     
  • "To be part of a sports project that can have real impact on children's lives was an awesome experience to be part of. Thailand and it's culture has so much to offer and the people are so friendly. Thanks."
    Bernhard Gessler , Basketball, Thailand
     
  • "I had an amazing time working in Kenya with these kids. They show such dedication and there is some serious talent. I can't wait to go back."
    Will Ferguson , Rugby Union, Kenya
     
  • "Kenya is a fantastic country and being part of rugby development in this great place with these great kids will always remain a fond memory."
    Edoardo De Paoli , Rugby Union, Kenya
     
  • "I spent 8 weeks on this internship which was a great amount of time to get behind the organisation and really make an impact. An amazing experience."
    Marnie Gontovnick , Football, Thailand
     
  • "I did a 6 month internship in South Africa as part of my university course in the Netherlands and the whole experience has helped me now get a career in sport."
    Ruben Baarda , Volleyball, South Africa
     
  • "This sports project was incredible and so much fun. Experiencing the warmth of the Fijian people will stay with me forever."
    Megan Nadine , Football, Fiji
     
  • "Coaching rugby to the kids in a rugby mad nation was so much joy and I even got to watch an international match whilst in Fiji."
    Matt Henessey , Football, Fiji
     
  • "The 5 days were great fun and what a crowd of party animals to catch some waves with. Would defo recommend this."
    Suzie Holmes , Surfing, Australia
     
  • "I had always wanted to do surfing in Australia as this was a great few days to get me familiar and confident on the waves with a great bunch of people."
    Will Raffety , Surfing, Australia
     
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