NEW ZEALAND: Coach & Play CRICKET in Sunny Down Under!

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / Sports Coaching / Teaching
Country: New Zealand
Location : Auckland
Duration: 4 weeks to 6 months
Approx Costs: 1250 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Coach junior teams at the club, then train with & possibly play for one of the teams at the club. A great chance to share your skills and also improve them.

Cricket is one of New Zealand biggest sports. Their recent performance at the World Cup showed why they are on of the best teams in the world. On this project you'll be able to work at a cricket club, coaching the Juniors in the afternoons and evenings, as well as training and possibly playing for one of the men's senior teams. During the day you'll bring very welcome coaching skills to our sports project, where you'll coach a variety of sports to underprivileged children at a school. The club we work with has a very lively social scene and you will be welcomed with open arms. As the main cricket project won't occupy all your time, during the daytime you'll work on the School Sports Project. Here you can coach cricket or a number of other sports for around 4-5 hours every day, leaving your evenings free to coach and train with the cricket team.

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

You'll work at a cricket club located opposite the Auckland harbour and a short ferry ride away which is located fairly close to your accommodation. There are excellent facilities and you'll coach a number of junior teams. You'll also have the opportunity to coach, train, and possibly play for the senior men's teams, if you get selected. The junior teams at the clubs fall under the following age groups:

► 6 - 7s softball
► 7 - 9s little league
► 10 - 13s hardball If you would also like to play cricket on this project, you can do this with a number of senior teams. There is a good mixture of standards at the clubs so there is something for everyone. As well as training and playing for one of these teams, you may also be able to coach them if you're considered good enough. There are a number of senior teams that you can train with and play for:

► 4 senior 1 day grades (50 over cricket)
► 5 senior 2 day grade cricket

 

CRICKET SEASON AND COACHING TIMES

The cricket season runs from:
► Seniors 1st 0ctober - 31st March
► Juniors 22nd October - mid December & February - March Coaching and training times are as follows
► Juniors: 3:45 – 5:30 - Monday - Thursday
► Seniors: 5:30 - 7:30 - Tuesday - Thursday

Games take place on the weekends during the season. The juniors play their game in the morning where you will have the opportunity to coach a team putting everything you have taught them into practice on the field. In the afternoon, as a senior player it will be your opportunity to play. Out of season there will be no opportunity to play cricket at the club.

 

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

► An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure!
► The rewards from helping others and Making a Difference!
► New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
► An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market ► And best of all ... an unforgettable experience! 

 

ACCOMMODATION AND LOCATION

Our accommodation is located in the city centre of Auckland. Therefore you are very central, close to the main train station and shopping district. You'll live in a centrally located lodge that is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long-term stays. You may have your own room or you may share a room with other volunteers. There is an excellent kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to relax. Entertainment at your accommodation includes cheap internet access and cable TV (Sky) as well as an outside balcony. You are literally a stroll from the Sky Tower, harbor and waterfront.

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £1395 for four weeks and £175 for each additional week. You can participate for up to six months, subject to visa requirements.

Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, home stay, apartment or flat).

You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.

Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

Requirements

No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm and knowledge of sports! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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