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Coach Sports Abroad: Teach Soccer in China

  • PLACEMENT LOCATION: Shanghai and Chengdu
  • ROLE: To improve local children’s soccer skills and techniques
  • CLASS SIZE: 10-20
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 4 weeks
  • START DATES: Flexible

Soccer in China is increasing in popularity. While the national team still struggles to compete at an international level, more and more people are becoming involved in the sport and supporting local teams.

Chinese players going to play in European leagues attract massive media attention, and as a result also gain a large following. Many school children are eager to begin playing soccer and many soccer academies have recently been set up as a result.

Coach Soccer to Children with Projects Abroad

Children play soccer at their school club with a volunteer coach in China

Soccer placements in China might vary from working with a well-known Chinese school which specializes in turning out professional young players, to private coaching for organizations which run programs aimed at a wide variety of enthusiastic young hopefuls.

On these projects volunteers can coach different age groups and abilities, and will have the opportunity to mix with people from backgrounds very different from their own. This provides a rich international experience all within the sphere of one of the world’s most loved sports.

Whether you are coaching your own class or providing support to the local coach, your help will be much appreciated by both the coaches and the students. Most children, boys and girls, have a great enthusiasm and an unlimited appetite for sports, especially when they are made accessible and fun.

During your time as a sports volunteer in China you will be responsible for the development of young players’ basic skills and techniques. You will help co-ordinate and plan coaching sessions to develop skills such as ball control, accurate passing, and keeping possession. Furthermore you will help your supervisor to referee games.

Your Role Volunteering Abroad on a Soccer Project in China

Soccer team coached by volunteer at a school in China

When you arrive in China, you will be introduced to the students and your supervisor. Don’t worry if you have little or no coaching experience; the staff here are dedicated to their programs and very open to volunteers, so will help you in anyway they can. You will be working alongside bilingual English/Mandarin speaking coaches, or will be provided with a translator, so communication won’t be a problem.

Volunteers typically begin coaching in the afternoons and may be involved in the planning of the sessions with the lead coach or other administrative work before hand.

Volunteers can also work on Saturdays and Sundays coaching youth sessions. You can arrange to take a couple of days off during the week if you prefer in order to relax and explore China.

In addition to coaching the students at the soccer club, volunteers may also have the opportunity to help with demonstration sessions at various Chinese schools around the city. If you have coaching experience you can also be involved in coaching education sessions to improve the quality of coaching at the club.

For those volunteers interested in business there is the opportunity to be involved in marketing the soccer club.

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