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About Sporting Opportunities
Sporting Opportunities is for anyone who loves sport and wants to travel with it. We have a number of different ways that you can get involved, whether it be coaching sports to kids on a volunteer project abroad, getting qualified as an instructor in a new sport like skiing or snowboarding or taking your game to the next level whereby we place you with a top club overseas so you can work on your own fitness and skills development.

Our trips are ideal for school, college and sports groups, gap year students, students at university, those looking for an exciting and worthwhile summer holiday as well as people needing to take a career break or professional sabbatical abroad.

Sports Coaching Volunteer Projects
Sporting Opportunities runs sports coaching volunteer projects in Africa, Asia and South America, giving sporty people (like you) the chance to coach sports to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our volunteers work together to organise coaching sessions and sports matches in the local community, giving children and youth athletes the chance to play and be coached in the sports they love. You don’t need to be an experienced or qualified coach to join our sports coaching projects. You just need lots of enthusiasm and some basic playing or coaching experience, be it at school, club, university or county level. 
Check out our volunteer sports coaching projects abroad.
Sports Tours
Sporting Opportunities organise tailor made sports tours with a difference. Our sports tours combine playing sports with impacting volunteer work. This means you and your team mates can play against local opposition in America, Australasia (Australia, New Zealand and Fiji) Africa, Asia or South America while also helping on worthwhile volunteer projects in the local community. And being the sports-mad organisation that we are, these volunteer projects tend to be sports-orientated, such as running coaching sessions in townships or organising sports tournaments in local schools. It’s easy to see why our tours are both challenging and deeply rewarding on many levels.

Check out our sports tours abroad.

Sports Qualifications and Courses
If you fancy taking on a new sport or progressing up your sports career then an instructor course might be for you. This could see you going to the snowy slopes of Canada and training to become a ski or snowboard instructor taking you into some of the worlds most beautiful resorts as you teach others in the mountains. And if you like water then you could spend your summer months in warm ocean waters whilst training in a range of watersports activities. If you like the seasonaire lifestyle then our sports courses and qualifications might be an alternative way or using your time away. 

Check out our sports qualifications and courses abroad.
Sports Summer Camps
Sporting Opportunities organises sports camps for young athletes aged between 12 and 16 who want to improve their skill, ability and mental approach to sport. Our residential camps are based in South Africa and are open to athletes from all over the world. This offers a fantastic cultural experience. And with first class facilities and professional sports coaching, our sports camps are ideal for any aspiring athlete who wants to take their game to the next level.

Check out our sports summer camps abroad.

Sports Training and Playing
Take your game to the next level and work on your fitness conditioning in top locations around the world. We place budding sports men and women in sports clubs and academies overseas. We work with some of the finest instructors there are who give you one to one attention on your own personal player development. These trips are perfect for pre-season training getting you up to a level to hit first team clubs back home whilst giving you the opportunity to discover some amazing countries around the world.

Check out our sports training and playing trips abroad.

Sports Internships and Work Experience
We have a limited number or sports internships and work experience trips abroad which are perfect for giving firsthand insight into various sporting professions overseas. You could see yourself working at a newspaper or TV station as a sports journalist or working as a sports physiotherapist alongside a countries top athletes. We also offer a number of internal sports internships with our charity work that could see you travelling overseas and supporting our work by getting more kids from disadvantaged communities into sport, helping us to improve education, health and build life skills which will help any CV stand out for the average crowd.

Check out our sports internships and work experience trips abroad.
Where Can You Go Away With Sporting Opportunities?
We focus our volunteer projects into developing world countries in Africa, Asia and South America. Each of our destinations is unique in their own right, but they all share the same need for more sporting opportunities at the grassroots end of sport. For more information on our destinations, check out our destinations page and the country information. We also work in popular locations like Australia and North America providing a wide range of alternative sports trip abroad.
When Can You Go Away With Sporting Opportunities?
We have a number of departure dates that vary depending on where you want to go and what you want to do. Simply check the dates listed against each trip you are interested in to see when you can go. And if our published dates don't fit exactly into your travel plans, give one of our Travel Advisors a call – they can often offer you even more flexibility!
Any Questions?
If you have any questions about who we are or what we do, contact one of our Travel Advisors or request a call back. We would love to tell you more about our sporting opportunities abroad.
Volunteer abroad or taking a gap year or career break is a big decision, especially with the amount of time and money you need to invest into it. Therefore, to help set you mind at ease, here are 10 good reasons why you’ll love coming away with us.
Our Focus
Our pride is in our focus. We are not trying to 'conquer the world' by offering hundreds of projects all over the world. Our goal is simply to provide well-structured volunteer projects in a few select destinations. This ensures better management of our projects and greater impact for the community. It also helps us recruit teams of volunteers who can travel and work together, making for a fantastic and truly unforgettable social experience.
"Thank you so much to both the UK team and the in-country team for making my experience so enjoyable"
- Chelcie Chittenden
In-Country Support
Unlike many other organisations, we make sure you are properly looked after during your time away. Our resident in-country staff live near you and are on call 24-hours a day to make sure you are safe, secure and really enjoying your experience abroad.
"The in-country team was superb throughout the whole trip and were always there for everyone, no matter what."
- Dan Cotton
Value for Money
Although you do have to fork out some cash to come away with us (and let’s face it, no-one likes doing that!) you will soon see that we offer great value with no hidden costs. Comprehensive pre-departure advice, excellent in-country support and professionally run activities are just some of the benefits you will receive.
"I am so glad to have gone with you because I have seen what other travel companies do and it’s not all that great!"
- Christian Dorin
Tailor Made Trips
We will give you the flexibility in dates, durations and activities to tailor make the experience you desire. Want to coach and play sport? How about combining a sports and non-sports volunteer project? Or what about extending your trip once you’re in-country? These options are all available, as are many more. Just get in touch to discuss your plans.
"I coached football, played football, taught in schools and even worked in an orphanage! I can’t believe how much I was able to do."
- Tom Baine
Passionate People
We are passionate about sport and fanatical about travel. And you will soon discover this when you talk to our sports-mad staff and meet our other travellers. Come away with us and you will meet lots of like-minded people who share the same passions and interests as you, be it sport, travel or volunteering abroad, many of whom will become friends for life.
"Thanks again for everything and congratulations on being such a great organisation. It’s been a pleasure and honour to be part of your team"
- Charlotte Sadler
Knowledgeable Staff
All our staff are experienced travellers who have taken time out to explore the world. They are also big sports lovers who have been known to swing bats, kick balls and even shoot hoops in their time! So, if you want to find out the 'real deal' about our programmes, speak to one of our Travel Advisors who will be more than happy to answer all your questions about our destinations and activities.
"All the staff were friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable."
- Sarah Kendell
Coaching Experience
If you are an aspiring sports coach, our projects will give you valuable hands-on experience in coaching sports to youth athletes. This looks great on any CV when applying for future coaching jobs. Most of our projects take place at the grassroots end of the game, but there are often opportunities to work with higher level teams. Just ask our in-country teams.
"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. It was a pleasure to be coaching alongside some top guys and I can only thank the head coach for his complete support."
- Julia Brooks
Social Experience
We are all about the 'team' and are renowned for our unrivalled social experience. Our programmes see groups of sporty people living, working and travelling together. This creates a close family spirit amongst everyone involved, from your fellow travel mates, to our in-country staff, to the friendly locals you meet.
"I met incredible people from all over the world, many of whom I will definitely keep in touch with"
- Jenny Renton
Responsible Travel
We are committed to minimising any negative effect our projects have overseas, whether economic, social or environmental. We therefore ensure money goes directly into local services like food, accommodation, training and local staff. A portion of your fee also goes to our sister charity, United Through Sport, to create more sporting opportunities for children in developing countries.
"It’s great to see so much money going straight into the local community, whether it’s into a small business, a township school or a valuable community project. We are so grateful to have you in South Africa."
- Ludwe Memese, Teacher at Isaac Booi Primary School
Financially Secure
You need to know that your money is safe when you book your trip, especially as you pay the full amount a few weeks before you leave. This is why we protect your money in client accounts and follow strict UK legislation to safeguard your money, ensuring you would be paid back in the unlikely event of our financial failure.
Some of you may be wondering where the money you pay towards your sports placement 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!
Project Assessment
Before you see a sports placement on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book or apply for your place, safe in the knowledge that it is a well-structured and great opportunity to gain some sporting experience overseas.
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which sports placement or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively, all love sport and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to travel much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your placement, 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 like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after your volunteer placement. 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
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure our in-country staff are there to meet you on arrival. 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 where you can meet the people you will be living with.
Arrival Orientation
We will take you through a local orientation and placement induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while you are abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is included in all of our sports placements. Our volunteer houses, family home-stays and shared residences are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. Just contact us for details. We endeavour to supply food on all of our placements, however in some cases this is not always possible. In many cases you will receive at least 1 meal a day, please see the project summary for further details.  
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 throughout your sports placement. Our staff live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new environment.
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.
Ongoing Volunteer Project Support
For every person who travels with us, we make a donation to support our registered sports charity, United Through Sport. This donation funds future initiatives in many countries around the worlds, and helps to support the local community, ensuring that those living in disadvantaged communities also have opportunities to develop in their chosen sport.
Giving Others the Same Amazing Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants on our overseas sports placements, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you to take part in these amazing experiences. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions! 






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