Get a taste of Aussie life with our Mini Season swimming programme. Spend part of the season with a local swimming club, enjoying our shared accommodation at the heart of the action. As with all Sport Lived programmes, you’ll also make friends for life along the way.
At a glance:
The Mini Season gives you the freedom to combine swimming overseas with a more flexible programme. Our links with clubs ensure you’ll be matched with a team that suits your ability and your personality.
We also know how much you’re looking forward to life in Australia – so we give you everything you need to settle in and enjoy your freedom. With city centre accommodation and our friendly local advisors on hand, you can make the most of every minute. Add excellent training facilities and a thriving social scene and life doesn’t get much better than this!
We have links with a wide range of good Australian swimming clubs who’ll welcome you as a new member. Get ready for plenty of banter - the Aussies love to have a laugh with their new Pommey teammates! With the Mini Season, you’ll experience part of the Aussie season spending 4 - 17 weeks swimming and partying with your club.
Most of our swimming clubs in Australia have between 8-10 squads. These squads span the full spectrum of ability from international, national and state through to intermediate and social squads. As clubs have lots of members and a variety of squads they are able to accommodate swimmers of all abilities from elite to social.
Competitions and training
You will train 3-4 times a week and compete regularly at the weekends. Each club also offers high quality coaching and many have instructors who have worked with state and national swimming squads. In addition, a number of the swimming clubs have both indoor and outdoor pools and on site gyms. Swimmers going to Melbourne train at the aquatic centre which hosted the majority of swimming events during the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Out of the pool
With so many members, your club will be a hive of social activity. There’ll be drinks after training and competitions, plus social events throughout the season – club nights and regular socials. Many clubs also attend swimming competitions in other cities - a great chance to get to know your teammates whilst exploring a new part of Oz.
Our clubs are selected for their high quality coaching and facilities, helping you to return home as a much improved swimmer. If your performances are noted, you could also find yourself selected for a state representative squad – highly prestigious!
What are you waiting for? Get out there and show the Aussies how it’s done!
You’ll have plenty of spare time between training and competing if you’d like to get a job. As well as enhancing your CV and boosting your bank balance, working overseas will help you meet new people and provide more structure to your time away.
Top tips for getting work:
You’ll be living close to lots of employment options like offices, shops, bars and restaurants. Contacts at your sport club might also help you to find coaching work.
In addition, your mentor will provide guidance on working in Australia but you should ensure you’re well prepared as the job market can be as competitive as the sports arena!
Your Sport Lived adventure is the perfect time to get work experience and demonstrate the skills that universities and future employers look for - your Sport Lived work experience will help set you apart.
Independence & initiative
Sport Lived will provide loads of help when you're looking for part-time work but ultimately it's down to you to get out there and make it happen. Showing a prospective employer that you've managed to find, secure and maintain a job in an overseas country is highly impressive.
Teamwork is at the heart of the Sport Lived experience. Living, playing and training alongside a new group of friends is a great way to develop strong social skills and show that you're a real team player.
Joining a new sports club, living in an overseas city and securing a job are exciting challenges that will enable you to grow as an individual, leaving you ready to tackle whatever lies ahead after your Sport Lived experience.
Living overseas is a great time to think about gaining invaluable work experience in a field you're considering as a career. Sport Lived participants have volunteered in hospitals, law firms and newspaper offices. Such work demonstrates commitment and initiative.
Thinking of swimming in Australia over the Summer? Aged 15 – 17? You’re in luck. We offer a swimming programme during July that has been specifically designed for enthusiastic swimmers aged 15 – 17 years.
During your time in Brisbane you will have daily training sessions where you will receive elite coaching and have access to outstanding facilities. There are also opportunities for you race in competitions where you can put in to practice the skills you’ve developed training with your club in Australia.
Whilst in Brisbane you will live a host family close to your swimming club where you will receive daily breakfast and an evening meal.
1. What type of visa do I need?
Australian Working Holiday Visa
If you would like to obtain paid work during your programme you will need to obtain an Australian Working Holiday Visa. UK citizens aged 18-30 are eligible for an Australian Working Holiday Visa which enables holders to live and work in Australia for up to 12 months. It costs around £150 and can take up to 4 weeks to process so we recommend getting the paperwork sorted well in advance of your departure.
Australian Tourist Visa
If you don’t want to work in Australia you can get an Australian Tourist Visa. For more information see the Travel & Visa section in the About Us area of our site.
2. What is the standard like?
Sport Lived offer programmes for players and athletes of all abilities. Therefore, whether you play at a high standard or not, a Sport Lived programme is perfect for you. A desire to play the sport you love in a spectacular new country is all you will need!
Choose our Standard Accommodation in Australia and you’ll live in a dorm room in a hostel or lodge. All our Standard pads are centrally located and provide easy access to public transport. This makes it easier to get to your sports club or coaching placement, as well as giving you the chance to try out all the bars, clubs and restaurants in the city centre.
At a glance:
You’ll share a dorm room with other Sport Lived participants. You’ll get fully equipped kitchen facilities, a base for your belongings and large comfortable communal areas, so you can catch up with other Sport Lived participants and travellers from around the world.
NB: Illustrative accommodation pictures.
We arrange for all swimmers who are aged 15 – 17 to stay with a welcoming host family in Brisbane. You’ll live close to your swimming club making it easy for you to travel to all your training sessions and races. Breakfast and an evening meal are provided leaving you with plenty of time to work hard on your swimming, top up your tan and enjoy all that Brisbane has to offer!
At a glance:
N.B. Illustrative accommodation pictures
Beautiful one day, perfect the next is the ideal way to describe sunny Queensland. Brisbane is located right at the heart of Queensland and is renowned for its laid-back lifestyle and welcoming atmosphere. It’s hard to go wrong with the tropical climate which leads to long balmy nights spent either on the beach or enjoying a cold drink with friends.
Situated on the magnificent Brisbane River the city is the place to be. It is well known for its bustling night life. Whether you want a couple of drinks in a traditional Australian pub, a night on the dance floor or anything in between, Brisbane has a night spot to suit. Brisbane is very popular among travellers and backpackers as the city is constantly thriving with life. Brisbane also boasts two of Australia’s best sporting stadiums. The Gabba and Suncorp Stadium host matches of Rugby League, Cricket, Aussie Rules, A League Football, Rugby Union - basically every sport you could wish for!
The city is also just an hour's drive from the stunning Gold Coast, which is known internationally as a popular tourist destination, thanks to its white sandy beaches and crystal clear ocean. Maybe now is the time to take up the opportunity to learn how to surf; or travel up further north to the beautiful rainforests and spectacular waterfalls.
In summary, Brisbane is a fantastic city offering amazing experiences. Your time spent here will be remembered and treasured for life.
Top things to do in Brisbane:
First things first. Whether it be playing professionally, socially with mates, coaching or simply watching on the telly, Melburnians LOVE sport. It doesn't matter where you are - the heart of the city, a country town, or in the suburbs, you will not only find a pub with a TV screen, but also an enthusiastic Aussie crowd to watch the action. In terms of live sport, we have the famous Boxing Day test match, Aussie Open Tennis, Grand Prix and the Melbourne Cup – Australia’s most famous horse race.
But there’s more than sport. Most importantly, the Melbourne people are an incredible bunch. There's a warm, community sense that vibrates through the city. The locals are typically laid back and welcoming. They love to show off their city and will probably insist on taking you out on the town, exchanging slang words and introducing you to their mates.
This city is famous as the home of culture in Australia and has amazing art exhibitions, markets, music and comedy festivals; shopping, nightclubs and trendy bars. Whatever your taste, you'll find places in Melbourne dedicated to people like yourself.
Top Things To Do In Melbourne
✓ Membership to a quality swimming club in Melbourne or Brisbane
✓ Pool pass for the aquatic centre where you will train with your club
✓ Swimming club coaching fees
✓ The opportunity to train and compete with top Australian swimmers
✓ Shared centrally located accommodation
✓ Choice between a quality lodge or a 4 star apartment
✓ Free internet
Overseas staff support
✓ Airport collection upon arrival
✓ Staff support throughout your stay
✓ Transport to the airport for your departure
✓ A DBS check in Australia to help to get paid coaching work
✓ Sport Lived clothing
✓ Information pack upon arrival
✓ Introductory travel pass
✓ Sport Lived Australia handbook
✓ Regular overseas social events e.g. surfing trips and tickets to great sporting events*
✓ Social events with your sports club
*The social events arranged for our participants are dependent upon the length and time of their programme. Our participants are informed of these social events during their programme.
✓ The sports experience of a lifetime!
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