Play the Full Football Season in Australia
Experience football Aussie style! With our Play the Season programme you’ll play, train and party all season long with an Australian football club. Plus, you’ll enjoy shared accommodation at the heart of a great city, and make friends for life along the way…
- Living like an Aussie, all season long
- Improving your game in a club environment
- Exploring Oz with new mates
- Boosting your CV and earning extra cash
At a glance:
- Hand picked Australian football club
- Regular matches, training & social events
- Shared accommodation
- Staff support throughout your stay
The Season allows you to spend 6 months living, working and playing football in Australia. You’ll have loads of time to make strong friendships and become fully integrated into Aussie life.
You will be located in the amazing city of Melbourne and placed with a football club that suits your sporting ability and personality! Our centrally located accommodation puts you at the heart of the city, so get ready to enjoy the freedom and excitement of life in Australia with a group of new mates.
We have links with a wide range of fantastic football clubs in Australia who’ll welcome you as a new member. What’s more, we’ll match you with an appropriate club, so whatever your standard of football, you’ll be able to make the grade!
With the Mini Season, you’ll experience part of the Aussie football season, spending 12 weeks playing and partying with your club.
Australian football clubs are generally large; they tend to have between 5-10 men’s teams, plus several ladies’ squads. The top team at each club will compete in the highest state leagues, a standard roughly equivalent to higher non-league levels in the UK.
Matches and training
Most clubs train 2-3 times a week and play matches at least once a week. There are optional gym and fitness sessions, and some clubs offer free or discounted gym membership.
Off the pitch
With so many members, your club will be a hive of social activity. There’ll be drinks after training and matches, plus social events throughout the season - new players’ night, pub crawls and an end-of-season dinner. Many clubs also arrange pre-season tours, a great chance to get to know your team-mates 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 player. 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
Plan the type of work you'd like to obtain
Try to gain relevant work experience
Prepare a CV and have two references
Be proactive & persistent in job hunting
Café/bar work: sociable environment
Office work: good rates of pay
Coaching: fulfilling and well paid
Work experience: boost your CV
Working in Australia
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!
Career enhancing experiences
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 and 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.
Your home from home
When you travel to Australia with Sport Lived, we arrange quality accommodation for you. Which means you can rest easy knowing you’ll have a comfortable and secure new home from the day you arrive. You’ll share a premium 4-star apartment with other Sport Lived participants, giving you an instant group of friends to share your new adventures with.
Central downtown location
Your apartment is in the centre of Melbourne, with a great selection of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and entertainment on your doorstep. Melbourne’s excellent public transport system is close by, making for easy travel to your sports club and for exploring the city’s attractions.
About your apartment
You’ll share a twin room with another Sport Lived participant, in either a two or three-bedroomed apartment. All apartments have 24-hour reception and are fully furnished, with a well-equipped kitchen, washing machine, comfortable living area, TV and bed linen. They’re also serviced weekly so you can make the most of your free time in this inspiring city.
- Fully-serviced 4-star apartments (twin rooms)
- Close to transport, shops, cafes and nightlife
- Share with other Sport Lived participants
- Relax – most bills are included
We understand that moving to Australia is a big step – albeit an incredibly exciting one! That’s why we’re here to support you every step of the way, from help and advice as you book your trip, to being there for you from the moment you land in Melbourne and throughout your stay.
In-person support from day one
A member of the Sport Lived team in Melbourne will be in touch before you leave home and welcome you at the airport on your arrival. They’ll help you settle in to your apartment and introduce you to other Sport Lived participants – you’ll soon have new friends to explore this great city with.
Explore with us
During your stay in Melbourne, Sport Lived staff are on hand to help you make the very most of your time. They’ll organise social events, including beach BBQs and dinners out, as well as arrange tickets for major sporting events and day trips to go surfing on the Mornington Peninsular. They’ll give you expert, insider advice on the best things to see and do in the city and further afield too – after all, there’s a whole new continent to explore!
Many of our participants choose to find part-time work during their time here, in between their playing or coaching commitments. It’s a great way to meet new people and add new skills to your CV. If you’re interested in finding work, we’ll give you contact details for companies who regularly need casual staff to help you get started with your job search.
Your Sports Club
- Membership of a quality football club
- The opportunity to play and train with top Australian players
- Centrally-located accommodation
- Shared twin room in a 4-star apartment
- Free internet
Support from the Sport Lived team
- Airport collection upon arrival
- Local in-person support throughout your stay
- Airport transfer on departure
- A police check in Australia to help with paid coaching work
- Sport Lived clothing
- Information pack upon arrival
- Introductory travel pass
- Gym membership
- Sport Lived Australia handbook
- Regular social events from surfing trips to tickets for great sporting events*
- Social events with your club
- The sports experience of a lifetime!
*Event options will vary depending on the length and time of your programme.
Questions? We are often asked…
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, Dutch, US and Canadian 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 £275 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.
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!
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