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Sports Coaching & Development Placement in Ghana

Our ​Sports and Coaching Development ​opportunity in Ghana will enable students to play a vital role in teaching youth the importance of maintaining active and healthy lifestyles, while building skills in teamwork and sportsmanship.

To be an effective sports coach abroad, you’ll be encouraged to be inventive with your lesson plans, teaching new skills, and organising tournaments for the children. This opportunity it's a mix of rural and inner city projects and it's available for sports groups.

We have a wide range of rewarding sports coaching opportunities available in Ghana. You will work with local teams, clubs and schools to develop the sport, skills and the players you will be working closely with.

FOOTBALL:​ Ghana’s number one passion. Every child grows up playing it anywhere and everywhere they can. Because of this we are using football as a tool to help improve the lives of disadvantaged children and create better opportunities in the communities that we work with. We work with an academy of elite players aged 13- 18, these boys are working hard to make it as professional players either in Ghana or abroad and are currently playing in one of Ghana’s best divisions.

HOCKEY:​ You’ll work closely with the Ghana Hockey Association to help promote, develop and coordinate hockey in Accra. With Ghana Men’s national team currently ranked 36th in the world and Ghana Women ranked 32 in the world there is an increasing interest and participation rate in the sport, especially amongst young girls and boys wanting to learn more about the sport.

NETBALL: ​Still a developing sport in Ghana although the introduction to the sport in schools, colleges and universities across Ghana has seen a huge rise in female participation in sports and created a pathway for interested students to make an impact through their coaching experience. You’ll be primarily working in schools with girls and boys during their sports lessons.

RUGBY COACHING: ​Although it’s still a grassroots sport in Ghana there is a huge amount of talent and passion for the sport. You will help to structure coaching sessions and help us to initiate positive and lasting change for individuals and communities using the universal power and simplicity of team sport.

''I have been to Ghana twice, both times I went for 6 week placements. The placement was massively influential in me achieving my merit in my PG Certificate because of how different it is and the actual experiences I was able to extract from that. As a part of my qualification we had to be actively involved in coaching and my block placement in Ghana working was mine. Where I did well over 150 hours worth of placement in the 6 week period. Coaching for 4/5 hours per day and planning my sessions in the evening.''
Rob Ellington, Sports Business Management, Leeds Beckett University

“I couldn’t recommend the Vocational Impact placement enough. It has given me vital experience I can use when applying for my PGCE as I want to be a PE teacher after uni. Doing something like this will make me stand out and I’ll be able to give practical examples of when I overcame sports related challenges”
Ashley, Sports Management & Development, Portsmouth University
> ​Watch Ashley’s full video interview here​ <


In Ghana, it is important to note that living conditions are different to being at home. Despite being basic, this is part of the experience when volunteering in a new culture and developing country. With an open mind and patience, you will quickly get used to your new environment and you will eat some amazing local food and live and work alongside local people!

In Accra, the volunteer house is located in a very quiet and safe area, plus it’s next to the beach! The house itself has shared single sex rooms with bunk beds and a large communal area. 3x super yummy meals will be freshly prepared and cooked every day by the local in-house chef.

In Senya Beraku, volunteers stay in a volunteer house, located in the heart of the village. The house is basic but comfortable, and you will stay in a shared single sex room.

Additional Extras

Outside of your placement, there are plenty of opportunities to travel and experience the beauty and diversity that Ghana has to offer. As we have an in-country volunteer coordinator, they will be able to help arrange trips to places such as idyllic beaches, national parks, historic landmarks and the best local spots to check out in order to get the real Ghanian experience. Watch this video to see everything Ghana has to offer

Placement Fee/Donation

This is a self-funded experience and part of your fee will be sent directly to the project to support their sustainable development goals. Vocational Impact promotes ethical travel and a shared learning experience. You will pay an all-inclusive fee, which will include a donation. ​** ​From £57 per day **.

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