NEW ZEALAND: Coach RUGBY in Amazing and Lively Auckland!

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, Train and Play Rugby Union at a club in Auckland AND help out coaching sports to children in some local schools.

This project gives you a diverse experience in that your activities will take place in two locations and the opportunity to coach other sports as well:

► 1. You'll spend your afternoons and evenings coaching and/or training at a Rugby Club in Auckland.

► 2. During the mornings and early afternoons, for about 4-5 hours every day, you'll bring very welcome sports coaching skills in the School Sports project.

This project takes place in a school in one of the suburbs of Auckland and here you'll coach Rugby plus a variety of other sports to children from the Maori community and other countries. You'll work with a variety of ages at the club and during the weekend you will have an opportunity to compete yourself and test your abilities against the Kiwis! The club we work with has a very lively social scene and you will be welcomed with open arms.


Main Program

This element of your programme will take place in the late afternoons and evenings. You'll work at a Rugby Union club that is conveniently located fairly close to your accommodation in Auckland. Auckland is home to the Blues Rugby Team which plays in the Super 14. The stadium is located fairly close to your accommodation and if you time your placement to take place during the season, you should try and watch a game. The club has excellent facilities, including an indoor Astroturf training facility, and a large number of junior teams that you'll have the opportunity to coach. They also have a large number of senior teams including a women's team as well as colts teams (under 19s & under 21s) which you'll have the opportunity to coach, train with and possibly play for if you get selected.

The club we work with plays to a high standard in Auckland. The age ranges we work with include U6's to U13's, and U19's and U21's (Colts) If you'd like to play Rugby while on your project, you may be able to play with a number of senior teams. There is a good mixture of standards at the clubs so there is something for everyone. Rugby in Auckland is also divided by weight so if you are under 85 kg you can play in the restricted weight category which tends to be a very fast paced and exciting game to play. 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.



The School Sports Project will take place during the day. For this element of your programme, you'll work at a school located in Auckland that has children from a variety of backgrounds and countries such as Maori children and children from Sudan and Somalia who are refugees, as well as children from other lower economic countries such as Samoa and Tonga. The school has good facilities that will enable you to coach a variety of different sports. You can coach a number of sports and you will be involved in a wide range of sporting activities, giving you great diversity. The sports are generally coached by season, but if you wanted to coach a sport that was not in season, or if you wanted to introduce a new sport to the children, the school would welcome it as long as it was of benefit to the children.

Each school offers different sports so if there was a particular sport that you were interested in coaching please let us know and we will make arrangements for this. The sports vary with each term, as follows: • Term 1: Swimming, Tennis, Cricket, Athletics • Term 2: Rugby Union & League, Football, Hockey, Netball • Term 3: Rugby League, Football, Netball • Term 4: Athletics, Cricket, Cross Country & Football. The lessons last for 45 minutes and the school day runs from around 8:30 - 3:00 pm. You'll assist the sports teacher to coach the children. You'll spend about 3 to 5 hours a day helping the children at the school.



► 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!



"Everyone is so nice and welcoming over here. The kids at the school couldn't be happier that I'm here to coach rugby, and couldn't be keener to get stuck in! Its a lot different at the rugby club as the kids there are far more privileged, and seem less interested when at training, but it just means that I have a greater challenge in front of me and am looking forward to seeing the results once I come to the end of my time there! Have my first game with the school team on Tuesday so should be interesting to see how much they have picked up in the short time I've been there. " - Jonathan Dick

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose, but subject to school terms. 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 one year, 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.


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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