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Student Sports Travel

As a sports student or student who just happens to be crazy about sports, there is simply no better way to spend your student holidays than on an awesome sports project, placement or trip tailored specifically for you. It is always good to take the time to have a break from you studies, and why not use that time to see the world and experience sport abroad with friends and likeminded sports fanatics. Maybe you are in the midst of a sports coaching or sports studies degree and feel you could do with some hands on practical work experience to support your studies, or you could be just looking to have some in your time off between term time or university / college years.

Sporting Opportunities has a vast range of opportunities available to students looking to take their sporting passions overseas, from internships and work experience with professional sports clubs, sports coaching volunteer projects within mass participation and higher level coaching, through to train and play options to develop your personal sports skills, and also tailored sports tour options for you and your university or club team to travel and play competitive matches against some top local teams.

There is nothing stopping you if you have an unquenchable appetite for sport. The world really is your oyster, and the opportunities available in sport spread right around the globe. Use your knowledge and skills to progress your career and employability options as you gain valuable experience overseas that will no doubt give you that something special that sports industry employers are looking for!

What Can You Do?

For those of you who love sport, but have never had the chance to travel and experience sport abroad, you are missing out! Hopping on a plane and travelling overseas during your time away from your studies you will open a door to a hugely unexplored world of sport. From charity and community development projects in 3rd world nations, to first-rate academies in the developed world, sport has many extremes, all of which should be witnesses to build up a true understanding of the role that sport plays in society. You may be looking to build on your knowledge and skills in order to boost your employability in the sporting world, or you may just be looking to share what knowledge you do have with kids and young adults from deprived communities. 

Wherever your interests lie within the sporting context, if you travel and discover more about your favourite sport, there is no debating that you will return home an enriched and matured individual with a new perspective and broader mind towards international sport. There is only one way to find out, so find yourself a trip, hop on a plane and make the most of your student holidays!

We offer an excellent variety of sports travel opportunities for your student holidays and placements, so here are a few awesome ideas to get you thinking about your future in sport:

Volunteering – Coach sports to kids from disadvantaged communities around the world. Run football coaching session in the township communities in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Train & Play – Take you game to next level and train with academies and local teams overseas. Build on your hockey skills whilst training and playing with a top club in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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 in St Lucia.


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Testimonials
  • ''I have been playing rugby for a number of years through school and university and this experience was a perfect way of sharing my knowledge with a great bunch of young people. The kids really took to the game and working alongside the National Rugby Team is another experience I will never forget. Thanks to everyone involved in organising this fantastic sporting opportunity''.
    Paul Adams , Rugby Union, St Lucia
     
  • "What an amazing 8 weeks had on the rugby coaching placement in Ghana. The kids were just so receptive to what I taught them and there is some serious skill in Ghana! I've made friends for life and this rwho experience really has set me up for wanting to become a sports coach in the future".
    Rob Davies , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • "Training in the Ghana heat is a challenge but so worth it. My fitness has improved 10 fold. Working with the young rugby lads was excellent and seeing my team score a winning try has to have been a highlight. Ghana has some amazing places to see and if you like Baboons then a visit to Mole National Park is a must".
    Phil Hall , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • ''I made a difference by encouraging children and adults to believe that everyone has some degree of talent... and to believe in that talent.''
    Stuart Garrett , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • ''What they don’t have in skill, they certainly make up for in speed and determination. Ghana also has some very promising youngsters and it has been really exciting, and a real privilege, to share my knowledge of the game with them.''
    Doug Graham , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • “Coaching rugby to underprivileged children is a very rewarding experience. I am seriously considering coming back here and staying longer. It’s such a great place and there is so much to do!”
    Luke Norfolk , Rugby Union, South Africa
     
  • “I’ve had the best three months of my life! I would definitely recommend it! Thank you.”
    Philippa Tollit , Swimming, South Africa
     
  • "Being able to teach kids how to swim has to have been one of my most significant moments in life. From seeing 12 year old kids fearful of water on day one to being able to swim full lengths of the pool with confidence after 5 weeks was just incredible. You also know that you are giving these kids a gift for life".
    Neil Dennison , Swimming, Ghana
     
  • "I have had the best three months in Ghana ever! Working a living alongside local Ghanaians and seeing a completely different way of life will live with me forever. My project in helping kids learn how to swim was so rewarding too and it has really made me think about what I want to do when I get home with my future career and working with young people. Thanks to everyone involved and I look forward to coming back to my African home again one day."
    Sarah Dunbury , Swimming, Ghana
     
  • ''I really enjoyed the tennis coaching and was amazed at the standard of tennis and the dedication of the children. And they always had a smile on their face too.''
    Charlotte Wallis , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''Ghanaians are friendly in a way that is almost unheard of in the West. They are extremely affectionate and, once you have got used to it, you can be just as friendly back.''
    Graeme Acheson , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''I feel really fulfilled that I have aided less fortunate people in giving them a chance to play tennis in the first place and to offer assistance with my coaching knowledge to help the development of the sport in Ghana.''
    Sal Bolton , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''It was a seriously amazing trip that I will never forget. So thanks for what all you guys have done, and thanks for making it such an unforgettable trip!''
    Christian Dorin , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • “It was an incredible experience coaching the children in Port Elizabeth – they are so enthusiastic about learning to play tennis. Their energy levels are amazing and they had improved greatly by the time I left.”
    Dave Leicester , Tennis, South Africa
     
  • “One of the best experiences of my life! I just can’t believe how enthusiastic and grateful the kids were to learn and play Ultimate. The talent was awesome too – some were naturals! I can’t wait to come back to South Africa one day and see how my players are getting on.”
    Miles Jackson , Ultimate Frisbee, South Africa
     
  • "I've had the best few weeks of my life. The kids loved learning volleyball and in turn I loved every bit of my experience!"
    James Taylor , Volleyball, Ghana
     
  • "Coaching Rugby out here has definitely been one of the best experiences of my life. Met some awesome people and really enjoyed the country. Really kind host family made me feel v-welcome. Would definitely like to come back one day!"
    Tim Wace , Rugby Union, Argentina
     
  • "Taking my love of tennis to Argentina was a dream come true. I will never forget this once in a life time opportunity to play and coach tennis to a range of abilities in such a great country. Thanks to all who were part of this".
    Ceri Newman , Tennis, Argentina
     
  • "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: Football Captain , 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
     
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