Volunteer Coaching Basketball in Ghana
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Accra
- ROLE: To coach young people in order to improve their skills and knowledge of the game
- AGE OF STUDENTS: 4 -17
- CLASS SIZE: 35
- REQUIREMENTS: None
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 1 week
- START DATES: Flexible
Basketball has often been forced to take a backseat in Ghana, due to the nation’s obsession with soccer. In recent years, however, basketball in Ghana has been on the rise. This is especially evident in the capital of Ghana, Accra, where many new courts have been built, increasing people’s curiosity about basketball.
Volunteer Basketball Coaching with Projects Abroad
You can get involved by volunteering abroad as a basketball coach on one of our sports placements. Projects Abroad works with two basketball clubs based in Accra. At one placement volunteers work with children aged from 6 to 17 years old. The other placementis with adults.
Basketball teams in Ghana practice from Monday through Friday with games mainly being arranged on Saturday mornings. Like other sports in Ghana, basketball practice is usually left until later in the afternoon once the heat has died down. To coach basketball in Ghana you do not need to have coaching experience, just a good understanding of the game and an enthusiasm to get involved.
Volunteering Abroad on a Basketball Team in Ghana
At first glance, basketball seems to rely quite heavily on its participants being physically fit. While this is true, people who have never been taught the strategy of the game don’t realize how much the game is also about tactics. This is where volunteer basketball coaches in Ghana can really help; by introducing simple training methods you can lay the foundations for the children’s progression.
Practice consists of fitness sessions, accurate passing drills, one-on-one and zone marking sessions, plus team structure and strategy sessions. Depending on your own previous basketball experience and knowledge of the sport, you will be able to lead coaching sessions or support others. Whatever role you can play you will be making a difference and you will be appreciated by your colleagues and students.
Having eager and able athletes who are willing to learn is every coach’s dream. Whatever your level of involvement, this is a great opportunity to play your part in the development of Ghana‘s next big game!
This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain 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 participating for a longer period.
If you are a high school student and first-time traveler you may want to consider our High School Special programs in Ghana.