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Get totally immersed in the waves on this 7 day group surf camp experience in Australia, as you explore the delights of downtown Sydney and surf with some of the regions top surf instructors at our awesome surf camp!

Trip price displayed is per person for a minimum group size of 8, plus 1 free group leader place.

Australia Surf & Sydney Tour
Are you and your mates looking to take your passion for surfing to the next level? Are you part of a surf club or society and you are looking for a way to pick up some useful surf tips whilst embracing the chilled out Aussie surf lifestyle?

If surfing is your passion, then the Surf & Sydney Tour is for you! Starting with 2 nights in the hustle and bustle of downtown Sydney, you and your group of beach bums will have the opportunity to explore the highlights of Sydney, from the world famous landmarks to the lively bars and clubs, followed by a wild 5 days at one of the regions tops surf camps where you will learn the tricks of the trade from some totally ‘bonza’ instructors! With crazy nights of fun planned, and long days catching waves, you and your group will have an experience like no other, before heading back to Sydney for one final night of madness before heading off for more fun or hopping on a flight back home…. you decide! (We can help you make arrangements if your group is looking to extend your time in Australia)

Sydney – Sights, Sounds and Beautiful Beaches
With epic sightseeing hotspots including the world famous Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and Harbour Bridge, to the beauty of Darling Harbour and the Botanical Gardens to the wild backpacker fuelled nightlife that makes Sydney one of the top travel destinations on the planet! 

It’s not all about the downtown experience, Sydney is home to some of the worlds most famous beaches, including Bondi, Coogee and Manly, all offering up a laid back surf vibe that your group will be able to soak up during your stay in Sydney!

We have a team of awesome staff on the ground in Sydney, who will be on hand if you want to book any excursions, such as Dolphin Cruises, Sand Boarding, and more…

Surf Camp Experience
Whether your group is made up of novice surfers looking to catch your first waves, experienced boarders wanting to brush up on their skills in a new environment, or a mixture of both, this incredible Aussie surf adventure will show your the best bits of Sydney's surf culture! 

With expert instruction from some top notch surfers, you will soon find yourself dropping into some awesome waves and riding them all the way back into the beach. 

Not only will you be on your way to becoming a surfing legend, the surf camp experience is also a fantastic opportunity to meet some more of Australia’s back-packers, and get to know the local surfers who love to show you the tricks to get you on your board and loving life! These local surfers live life by the saying ‘surf hard, play hard’ and they are sure to show your exactly how to do this in style! There are some lively bars just a stones throw from your camp, and you are only a few minutes from the beach, the setting for some incredible beach parties!

For a more detailed itinerary please see the Extra Information tab.

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Australia Surf & Sydney Tour
Trip Code
AUTSS1
Continent
Australasia
Country
Australia
Airport
Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD)
Minimum Duration
7 Days
Minimum Age
0
Trip Type
Sports Tours
Activity
Surfing
Cost
From £595 for 7 Days
Deposit
£ 95.00
Preferred Duration
This is a 7 day tour. Ask us for details if you wish to extend your tour duration.
Pre-requisites
No surf experience is required for this tour, however participants will need to be able to swim and be of a reasonable level of health and fitness.
Ideal for
Surfing in Australia; Surf and Sydney Tour; Surf Camp Experience; Group Surf Tour in Australia; University Surf Society Tour; Surf Abroad.
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Arrival Dates

Tour dates are flexible. Please contact us to discuss possible dates for your tour by emailing info@sportingopportunities.com or giving our office a call on +44 (0)208 123 8702.  

Visa
British Nationals will require a visa to enter Australia, we recommend you apply for a tourist visa. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Australian government website by clicking here.

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Included

Accommodation
3 nights stay in selected accommodations while in Sydney (backpackers hostel – dorm beds). 4 nights stay in camp accommodations while at Surf Camp (dorm beds).
All Meals at Surf Camp
3 meals per day at surf camp are provided (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Transport (Sydney - Surf Camp)
Transport from Sydney to Surf Camp on the Monday, and then back from Surf Camp to Sydney on the Friday is provided.
Surf Lessons
Organisation of 5 days of professional surf lessons with qualified instructors is included.
Surf Equipment
Provision of all surf equipment, including Rip Curl wetsuits, rash vests and surfboards is included.
Social Activities
Evening social activities with the instructors and your surf group will be arranged by our team at Surf Camp.
Support
You will have access to a dedicated in-country team, as well as 24 hour emergency support from our UK based team.
Travel Equipment & Medical Discounts
Sporting Opportunities customers will receive 10% off all Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Airfare, airport transfers in the UK, return airport transfer to Sydney Kingsford Smith, visas, breakfasts, lunches and dinners in Sydney, beverages, tips, entry ticket at visits/excursions, local/social related transport and activities, spending money.
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Example Itinerary:

This itinerary is an example to show you some of the activities that are possible on your tour to Australia. Please contact a member of the Sporting Opportunities team to tailor a tour to your specifications.

Day 1
Arrive at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, and transfer to accommodation at a backpacker hostel in Sydney city centre for your group's check-in for 2 nights stay in dorm bedrooms.

Day 2
Free day to explore Sydney. Options include taking the ferry to Manly or Bondi Beach, taking a Sydney Harbour Cruise to view Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House from the water. Explore Sydney’s botanical gardens.

Day 3
Pick up from your accommodation in Sydney at 8:30am followed by a quick 2 hour journey North from Sydney to Surf Camp where you will check in and explore the area. After Lunch you will hit the beach and get started on your first surf lesson with the camp’s experienced instructors.

Day 4
Full day of surfing split into 2 sessions, one morning and one afternoon. Spend the evening at Surf Camp or at one of the local backpacker bars or pubs with your group and instructors.

Day 5
Another full day of surfing split into 2 sessions. Spend the evening at Surf Camp getting to know the instructors over a good meal and some party games. 

Day 6
Your final full day of surfing, will be followed by your final night at surf camp. Enjoy an epic meal with your group and relax those aching muscles.

Day 7
Your final morning of surfing is split into 2 sessions, working on all the things you have learned, will be followed by a farewell lunch with the instructors before heading back to Sydney arriving early evening. Enjoy your last night in Sydney with a night on the town.

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Australia’s warm weather, friendly people and sight-seeing opportunities have consistently attracted international travellers and domestic tourists alike. Its cosmopolitan cities, lush rainforests and long stretches of coastline are just some of the reasons people love spending time here. A passion for the outdoors, which many Australians and visitors share, has helped to create a relaxed pace of life throughout the country and sets the scene for an awesome adventure. It is difficult to shortlist Australia’s ‘must-see’ places so fit in as much as you can and enjoy!

Australians love sports, and as such the sporting calender makes up a strong part of their annual schedule, with impressive international teams in almost all sports, including hockey, cricket, rugby union and league, basketball and more, there is no disputing the sporting appetite of this vast nation.


Quick Facts
Name
Commonwealth of Australia
Location
Australasia
Bordering Countries
Australia does not have any bordering countries
Capital City
Canberra
Government
Federal monarchy, Constitutional monarchy, Parliamentary system
Population
23 million
Language
English
Currency
Australian Dollar (AUD)
Name
Commonwealth of Australia
Poverty
12.5% of the population live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Coal, Iron ores, Tin ores, Wool, Beef, Barley, Raw sugar.
Climate
Varies from the tropical northern regions, to the temperate climate of the southern regions.
Time Zone
GMT +8/11 - Australia covers multiple time zones.
Flag
Australia Flag

Fun Facts
• A wombat’s poo is square
• Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards
• A stubby is a 375ml bottle of beer
• Canberra was selected as the capital because Sydney and Melbourne could not stop arguing which city should be the capital of Australia

Travel Highlights
• Star-gazing at the beautiful and peaceful Ayres Rock (Uluru)
• Driving the Great Ocean Road – the fantastic coastline from Melbourne to Adelaide.
• Surfing in Manly – one of Australia’s most popular surfing beaches.
• Visiting Wave Rock in Western Australia – looks like a wave, made out of rock. Incredible!
• Sailing around the Whitsunday Islands – Queensland’s very own offshore paradise.
• Swim with turtles and try to find Nemo while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef 

Aires Rock Australia Wildlife Sailing in Sydney

 Where is Australia?

Also know as "Down Under", Australia is a country in the Southern Hemisphere, lying to the south of Southeast Asia, and dividing the Indian and South Pacific Oceans. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.

It is vast, covering an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), giving a wide variety of landscapes, with tropical rainforests in the north-east, mountain ranges in the south-east, south-west and east, and dry desert in the centre. It also boasts the largest coral reef in the world, The Great Barrier Reef, giving scuba divers an exquisite underwater landscape, stretching as far as the eye can see.

History of Australia
Australia's Aboriginal people, the original inhabitants of the Australian continent, arrived from Asia at least 50,000 years ago. Parts of the continent were mapped by Dutch navigators in the seventeenth century and by French and British navigators the following century, but it was not until 1770 that Captain James Cook charted the east coast and claimed it for Britain.

From 1788, Britain established penal colonies in New South Wales and Tasmania and later in Western Australia. Free settlers followed in increasing numbers, gradually outnumbering convicts. A colony made up entirely of free settlers was established in South Australia in the 1830s.

Today, Australian society is a melting pot of cultures and diverse people. While Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the traditional inhabitants of the land, immigrants from more than 200 countries also call Australia home. Since World War II, more than seven million migrants have come to Australia. From 1788 to the 1970s, the majority came from Europe. These days, Australia receives many more migrants from Asia, and since 1996 the number of migrants from Africa and the Middle East has almost doubled.

The nation has developed a highly diversified economy with considerable strengths, particularly in the mining and agricultural sectors as well as manufacturing and services, and it has become increasingly economically integrated with the countries of East Asia.

Music in Australia
The music of Australia has an extensive history stretching back to the Indigenous and colonial societies. If you ask people what do you think when asked 'What is Australian music', most will say it consists of the iconic sound of the didgerdoo. Contemporary fusions of Indigenous and Western styles have helped define Australia as producing high quality world music covering a broad spectrum of folk and bush ballards to trends concurrent with those in the USA, UK and similar nations.

Climate in Australia
Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate varies widely due to its large geographical size, but by far the largest part of Australia is desert or semi-arid. The northern states typically experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters. 

Australia's climate is ruled by the hot, sinking air of the subtropical high pressure belt which moves north and south with the seasons. This causes the rainfall pattern over Australia to be highly seasonal. Australia's rainfall is the lowest of the seven continents (besides Antarctica) with an average annual rainfall of less than 600 millimetres. Rainfall is variable, with frequent droughts lasting several seasons.

Australia's seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.

Sport in Australia
Naturally competitive, Australians excel at a number of sports and regularly compete at international level in team sports such as cricket, rugby, netball and hockey as well as individual events like swimming and tennis. The Olympics and Commonwealth Games often end with Australia ranked near the top of the medal table, displaying an impressive multi-disciplinary strength considering the relatively small population. This all makes it a fantastic place to play, train and coach your favourite sports with the help of professional instructors and excellent facilities. Become a surf instructor, learn to sail or improve your rugby skills and immerse yourself in the Australian way of life!

Gap Year and Career Breaks in Australia
Australia is still one of the most popular destinations for gap year, student holidays and career breaks, with thousands of young visitors descending on the country each year. Your sports trip to Australia will allow you to embrace just how passionate Aussies are about the outdoors and sports they play, whilst giving you the chance to travel to this amazing and diverse country. 

“Scuba diving, making a didgeridoo and chilling out at Manly Beach. My favourite experiences in Oz can all be summed up in one simple word – bonza!” Phil Young

You may be wondering where the money you pay towards your tour is actually going. As with any trip overseas, there are many things to consider that incur a cost, all of which are added benefits making the experience as memorable and fulfilling as possible!
 
Tour Assessment
Before you see a tour on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. Many of our tours include volunteering activities so we see it as a crucial element to make sure that the volunteering activities are as beneficial to the local community as they are to you. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the tour. Only then do you get to see the tour on our website and book your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and guaranteed to be an amazing sports experience.
 
Help Choosing Which Sports Tour
If you are not sure which sports tour or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right sports tour or destination for you. This makes the task of deciding to travel in a foreign country much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
 
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your sports tour, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions in build up to your sports tour start date.
 
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our sports tour fees. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to find flights and insurance to suit your sports tour budget. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
 
Airport Pick-Up
There’s nothing like seeing a friendly face when you walk out of a new airport. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation and help you settle in.
 
Arrival Induction
We will take you through a local orientation and tour induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, talk your through your sports tour itinerary, and it will also show you how to stay safe while travelling abroad.
 
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is provided on all of our sports tours. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. We endeavour to supply food where we can on our sports tours, however in some cases this may not always possible.  

Transport
Transport will be provided to and from your sporting activities and cultural excursions, to ensure that your sports tour group remain safe during your travel in your destination.
 
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you and guide you throughout your tour. Our staff can be reached 24-hours a day and will travel with you throughout your sports tour to ensure everything is running smoothly, and that you are happy.
 
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   
Flights to Australia Beach Fun Surf in Australia

There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your placement, trip or tour. 

Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic this can be simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – STA Travel. They will guide you every step of the way. Simply email STA Travel at sportingopportunities@statravel.co.uk or call +44 (0)333 321 3102 to meet your personal booking agent and get a free quote.

In many cases your chosen destination country will have requirements with regards to visas, which will depend on the purpose of your visit, and there will be recommended and required vaccinations to make sure you are protected against any possible health issues that you may face in specific areas. Sporting Opportunities is here to help and we are on hand to provide you with advice on visas and vaccinations.

Flights
Booking your flights is an essential part of your trip. That's why we have teamed-up with STA Travel. This means that once you have reserved your place on your chosen placement, trip or tour, you will have a dedicated booking agent on hand to talk through your plans.

Travelling after your project? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem. Your booking agent will work with you to find the most suitable and flexible flights possible. And remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the better the price will be.

STA Travel is also one of the world’s largest flight providers specialising in adventure travel and can therefore offer some of the cheapest prices around. They have over 700 branches worldwide, which makes them easy to contact wherever you are in the world. They also hold an ATOL licence through the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in confidence, secure in the knowledge that your flights are fully protected.

Note: If you choose to book your tickets through another flight provider, you must ensure that they hold a full ATOL licence.

Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our placements, trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner – STA Travel.

Insurance
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your placement, trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.

To help you navigate through this confusing world of insurance, we have partnered with STA Travel to offer you a specialist insurance service. Your personal advisor will find out exactly what you’re planning to do, from scuba diving to jumping out of planes, and tailor a policy specific to your requirements. In addition to this personal service, some of the other benefits of booking with STA Travel are as follows:

• Access to a network of over 700 branches in over 40 countries worldwide
• Advice and assistance over the phone from a travel help facility, available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
• Access to a 24-hour multilingual emergency telephone number for medical help, hospital treatment and/or repatriation
• A choice of 3 levels of cover to suit your needs – budget, standard and premier
• A range of durations, from 4 days up to a maximum of 24 months
• A simple extension service that gives you the flexibility to extend your 4-week volunteer project while in-country (up to 24 months!)
• Cover for over 100 adventure sports and adrenalin activities, including black water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant trekking, heli-skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, shark cage diving and sky diving
• Peace of mind – STA Travel is an Appointed Representative of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Note: You must provide us with details of your travel insurance before you leave as you will not be permitted to participate on your placement, trip or tour if you do not have adequate cover. It is also advisable to book your cover as early as possible to make sure you are insured for cancellation of your trip due to illness, serious accident or any other insurable reason.

Why is insurance not included?
Each of our volunteer’s plans are different, and while STA Travel can provide adequate cover for the vast majority of our travellers, there may be some activities or destinations that cannot be covered by STA Travel. It is therefore important to give you the freedom to choose the insurance that covers your plans and that you feel comfortable with. It also saves us from having to pass on extra admin costs to you.

Visas 
Different destination countries have different visa requirements depending on things such as your length of stay and your reasons for entering the country, and whether you will be gaining paid work during your time in the country. Sporting Opportunities will supply your with any advice you need with regards to the visas you require for your chosen destination, and we will make information available to you to assist with your application.

It is important that you check your visa requirements well in advance of your travel date, as with many tourist and working holiday visas you will need to submit an application to the relevant consulate, embassy or high commission before your travel date. In some cases entry to your destination country will be granted at immigration on arrival without having to apply for a visa before the departure date for your travels.

With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.

Vaccinations
At least 6 – 8 weeks before your chosen travel date you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to discuss your vaccination and medication requirements. Your medical professional will be able to advise you of any recommended and required vaccinations for your chosen destination(s).You should inform your doctor of all of your destination countries, and what activities you plan on doing, and in which regions you plan to stay while you are there, as different regions and activities have different health risks in some countries.

Some destination countries will require you to produce a certificate of vaccination in order to enter the country, so be sure that you understand any vaccination requirements for your chosen destination, so that you do not have any issues when passing through customs.

Above all you should make sure you are well prepared for your travels, so that you have the best experience possible whilst overseas!

        
Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. They will answer any queries you have and tell you what it’s really like to take part in a sports tour overseas, and to put together a tailored tour itinerary. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email.
 
Book Your Sports Tour Place
Once you have decided to come away with us, you and your team can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will all then be able to pay the rest of your sports tour fee in easy-to-manage installments.
 
Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking and sports tour with us. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen sports tour and all the things you need to do before you depart.
 
Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best sports tour experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous sports coaching you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check (CRB).
 
Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the tour fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around and you will pay them directly for this service.
 
Visas and Vaccinations
Next you will need to get your vaccinations and visas for your tour if this applies to you. Your travel nurse or local doctor will tell you exactly what you need. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
 
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!
 
Orientation
Our in-country team will give you a warm welcome at the overseas airport before taking you to your accommodation. You will then receive an orientation to help you settle into the country and prepare you for your sports tour abroad with us.   
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Specialising in kit that can take you off the beaten track, Nomad ensure that you leave fully prepared for your trip. With large ranges in-store and online including clothing, rucksacks, footwear and a lot more as well as a team of travel experts to help you select your gear, Nomad are the one stop shop for all your sports travel needs. 

In addition Nomad have been providing travel health advice to thousands of people to ensure they leave prepared health-wise for their sports trip. As well as general advice about your destination, vaccinations and information about anti-malaria options, you will also be able to discuss any health issues you might be worried about when travelling abroad.


Sporting Opportunities have teamed up with Nomad Travel Stores to offer great deals on a whole range of equipment and clothing.

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  • ''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.''
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  • "A truly unique experience and most amazing time. I have loved every aspect of my 3 months in Ghana working alongside the kickboxing and judo gyms. I've made some great friends and encouraged a younger generation of Ghanaians to get involved with Martial Arts."
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  • "It was great working in Ghana with the school kids and giving them access to athletics opportunities that we get so easily back home. See them develop their techniques and really improve over the time I was there was so rewarding".
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  • "Thanks so much for letting me be part of this project in Ghana. Apart from really improving my own Athletics fitness and skills it was a real privilege to work alongside some of the countries up and coming athletes".
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  • ''I had an amazing time and had an experience into another world. A real privilege to be part of Ghanaian boxing culture. I originally went for 5 weeks, not sure what to expect but actually ended up staying in Ghana for about 18 months.''
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  • ''I definitely wouldn’t swap the experience for anything. I met such friendly people out there.''
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  • “I was able to introduce new ideas and activities to the children who were so enthusiastic and they enjoyed everything we did for them. Being able to help them improve in netball was a real joy and made me so proud.”
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  • “Without a doubt this has been the best five weeks of my life! The kids I have been coaching are inspirational – they are so positive despite having such tough lives.”
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  • “If I had to describe my time in South Africa in four words, they would be ‘Time of my Life’! The experiences and friendships I now have are so special. South Africa was truly life changing and I’ll never forget it. I’d recommend it to anyone.”
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  • "What an amazing experience. Both working with the junior players as well as playing against local teams gave me a real insight into what a wonderful and amazing place Ghana was from a sporty angle. I've made friends for life and thanks so much to all the staff that made this period of my life completely unforgettable."
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  • "I will always remember what a mad, brilliant and fun loving country Ghana is. 3 months on the netball coaching placement has opened my eyes to so many things. I loved seeing the young netballers develop their skills and winning regular matches was a thrill. I hope to visit Ghana again one day and see how everyone is getting on. Thank you so much".
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  • "An amazing 4 weeks in the sun doing something completely worthwhile. I was so impressed with the enthusiasm of the girls and ability to pick up the game and follow my instructions. I can't wait to revisit St Lucia again some day and seeing whether the young netball players I helped coach made it into the National team".
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  • "I have always wanted to go to the Caribbean but never thought I would be able to get so involved with the local culture. St Lucia has wonderful people and great places to dance and chill out... I have never seen beaches like that in my life. The project work was fantastic as well and thanks to all the staff and kids involved that have made this a trip of a lifetime".
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  • ''To be able to assess and treat some of the most promising young footballers in the country, both on and off the pitch, provided me with an opportunity that I would never have been able to get in the UK.''
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  • ''Just keep doing what you’re doing, it was wonderful to see the differences you have made! I’ve made so many great friends and have the most amazing memories!.''
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  • ''I would just like to thank you for such a brilliant to trip to Ghana. I had a fantastic time and thought I was really able to use my skills as a qualified physiotherapist.''
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  • ''The outpatients and staff gave me a send off party and I was touched and embarrassed by the extent of their gratitude. To be truthful, my contribution was limited, but it was appreciated, and I got an enormous amount out of being there.''
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  • ''I would never have thought about going to St Lucia on a sports gap year but I am glad I did. The kids were just amazing and had real passion for the game. I really felt I contributed massively to the development of these young players and I look forward to booking my next trip back to see how they have progressed."
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  • ''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''.
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