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Volunteer Coaching Soccer in Ghana

  • ROLE: To improve local children’s soccer skills and techniques
  • CLASS SIZE: 20-25
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 1 week
  • START DATES: Flexible

Coaching soccer in Ghana with Projects Abroad is a chance for volunteers to share their passion for this popular sport abroad and to help children develop their skills and talents. Soccer is the national sport in Ghana and its popularity can be seen everywhere. From the numerous soccer flags on cars, stickers in taxis, locals in soccer jerseys, or kids playing in the street, it is immediately apparent that Ghanaians are extremely passionate about soccer. Given the 'Black Stars' - the Ghanaian team - successful performance in recent World Cups, soccer in Ghana can only continue to get bigger and better.

Our soccer projects in Ghana provide an opportunity for all young players to develop their basic skills and techniques with the hope that some may achieve the success of Premiership stars Michael Essien or Stephen Appiah. There will also be the opportunity to see one of Ghana's many top division club teams - like Kotoko and Hearts of Oak - in action. Volunteers sometimes take young players to games to help with their soccer development and to provide a well-earned break from their sport coaching.

Coach Soccer to Children in Ghana with Projects Abroad

Female volunteer coaches teenagers soccer team in Ghana

By joining the Soccer project, first-time Projects Abroad soccer-coaching volunteers have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of a youth academy. Volunteers will take part in the morning meeting with the local coaches to prepare the training session, do match analysis, and discuss the weekly schedule. In the afternoons they will work with a youth team, giving them the benefit of their newly acquired coaching knowledge and skills.

This project is a fantastic chance to improve your skills and ability while also helping local children to develop their game. If you are good enough you may even be selected to play for one of the local third division teams in one of their friendly games.

Volunteers with more experience, those holding a Soccer Association Coaching certificate for instance, will be able to assist the coaches in training the senior team.

Volunteer Profile Former volunteer Alice Wonnacott shares her story from the sports project in Ghana
Alice Wonnacott
I cannot express in words the joy that I saw on the faces of these little children whilst playing soccer. Every one of them comes from a family with problems, whether it be they are orphaned or abused, and I find it hard to stress just how worthwhile this project is. It gives them the invaluable opportunity to forget their family problems and just to play hard. I was proud to be involved. Read more...

Your Role Volunteering Abroad on a Soccer Project in Ghana

During your time coaching soccer in the afternoons you will be responsible for the development of young players' basic skills and techniques. You will co-ordinate coaching sessions around topics such as development of ball control, accurate passing, keeping possession, game tactics, and moving into space. Furthermore you will help the coaches to plan match strategies and take practice games. You will probably be asked to assist in team selection and may even be required to be 'on the bench' for weekend or evening matches.

You can join the Soccer project in Ghana from one week if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

To find out more about our Cantonments Soccer Academy please follow the link.

If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Ghana.

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