Our Story

In 2002 I spent six months playing cricket in South Africa. Those 26 weeks remain the most amazing experience of my life so far.

I got to play my favourite sport in a fantastic country where I enjoyed great weather, beautiful beaches and an extremely warm welcome. When I wasn’t playing and training, I travelled all over the country and at the end of the season I did an overland tour from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe to Nairobi in Kenya.

During my six-month adventure, I not only improved my cricket beyond belief but I also trekked to see the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, lounge on the stunning palm-fringed beaches of Zanzibar and saw a side of the world that changed my life forever.

When I returned from South Africa, inspired by my recent adventure, I set up Sport Lived to help give other people the same kind of amazing, life changing experience. I honestly believe that travelling overseas to play and coach sport is one the best things you’ll ever do.

Today we offer a whole range of sporting programmes in Melbourne, Australia – as the sporting capital of the Southern Hemisphere there’s no better place to immerse yourself in sport. We’ve handpicked the best sports clubs, coaching placements and accommodation providers. I know they’re the best, because in most cases I’ve been out there and chosen them myself. We have a permanent team of staff in Melbourne so you can be rest assured that your trip will be well organised and that if you have a problem someone will be there to help any time of the day or night.

I hope our website will inspire you to get out there, see the world through sport and have some fun!

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Ian Dodd

Founder of Sport Lived

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Our programmes in Australia allow you to immerse yourself in a completely new city and culture, and enjoy the sport you love in a whole new way.

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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.

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