About Us

Helping young people to explore the world through sport

We believe that playing and coaching sport overseas is one of the best things you’ll ever do. Our programmes in Australia allow you to immerse yourself in a brand-new culture and experience a whole new approach to the sport you love. You’ll benefit from expert coaching, outstanding facilities and bond with your new teammates and coaches. It’s a truly unique way to experience sport and life in one of the southern hemisphere’s best cities.

The sports gap year experts

At Sport Lived we’ve been arranging for young people to play and coach sport abroad since 2004. Our hugely experienced team are committed to arranging the highest quality sporting gap year programmes. We do all we can to make sure you have an amazing trip and get the most from your time away.

A unique opportunity to play or coach sport in Australia

Tell us about your sporting career to date and the type of programme you’re looking to undertake and we’ll arrange the perfect trip. We’ll handpick the best sports club for you to join that matches your sporting aspirations and experience. We only work with clubs who have great facilities, awesome social scenes and provide a warm welcome to overseas players. If you choose to coach, we’re the only UK company that arranges paid coaching placements in Australia and we’ll arrange for you to work at a leading school, club or sports academy in Melbourne.

New horizons, new opportunities

We want this to be one of the best times of your life – full of new friends and amazing experiences. We arrange shared accommodation during your stay, so you’ll have a ready-made group of friends and a home from home as soon as you arrive. And our local team will be on the ground in Melbourne to help you settle in and make the most of your time here.

With Sport Lived you always get:

A quality sports placement arranged especially for you

Shared city-centre accommodation in a 4-star apartment

Airport pickup and transfers

In-person support throughout your stay

An exciting programme of social events and trips

Help with organising your flights, visas and travel insurance

The Sport Lived handbook – everything you need to know

Gym membership in Melbourne

Sport Lived clothing

Memories and skills for life

Whatever you choose to do after your time in Australia, you’ll have a whole new bank of incredible memories and some truly valuable experience to add to your CV too. Teamwork, interpersonal skills, initiative, independence, and a more open outlook – the qualities that you’ll develop on a Sport Lived programme will stand you in good stead for your future studies and career.

The Sport Lived network offers something for everyone, whether you want to coach gifted youngsters, train with a top class club or just have fun playing the sport you love with a local team.

Our Story

Sport Lived started because of the owner’s experience spending six months playing cricket in South Africa. Those six months changed his life, and it could change yours too.

Our Story

Magical Melbourne

Dynamic, energetic, cosmopolitan and cultured – Melbourne is one of the world’s most welcoming, liveable and vibrant cities.

Explore Melbourne

Success Stories

There’s no better testament to the value and enjoyment of a Sport Lived experience, than those who have been there and done it.

Read their stories here

Handpicked clubs.
Unique programmes.

An unmatched sporting experience awaits.

Develop your passion for sport overseas

We don’t like to blow our own trumpet, but we offer trips that no one else can match. We handpack the best club for you based on your playing career to date and the type of programme you’re looking to undertake.

Handpicked clubs. Exceptional programmes.
Discover your unique sporting adventure.