Hockey: Coach in Australia


Pass your knowledge and enthusiasm onto junior hockey players in Australia. You’ll earn money and gain fantastic experience working with a team of mini Aussies. You’ll live and work alongside other participants, so look forward to making loads of new friends and influencing the next generation of Australian hockey stars.

Recommended for:

  • Earning money through paid coaching
  • Developing your coaching skills
  • A first hand taste of Aussie lifestyle
  • Time to explore Australia

At a glance:

  • 5-10 hours of paid coaching per week
  • Regular overseas social events 
  • Share accommodation with other participants
  • Sport Lived staff support throughout your stay

Sporting adventures

Our programmes in Melbourne offer a great opportunity to develop your coaching skills, help youngsters improve their hockey and earn a few Aussie dollars.  During the placement you will coach hockey to youngsters in schools and can expect between 5 and 10 hours of paid coaching work a week. 

You’ll share accommodation in one of Australia’s most vibrant cities. Living with other Sport Lived participants will give you a whole new group of friends whilst you’re overseas.

Coaching hockey in Australia

So, you’re passionate about hockey and want to share this with youngsters in an exciting overseas environment! With a Sport Lived coaching placement, you can develop your own coaching skills whilst passing on your knowledge and enthusiasm to the next generation.


During your hockey placement you’ll be working with a local Aussie school or club hockey team.  On average, coaches can expect between 5 and 10 hours of paid work per week and if desired, it’s often possible to supplement this with umpiring work.


Coaches generally work with a hockey team for an entire school term, helping to develop skills and working on match tactics.  The structure of our programme allows you to build a bond with your team and working on their development over a sustained period is highly rewarding. A Sport Lived coaching placement is also a fantastic addition to any CV. You’ll develop organisational, leadership and communication skills.  Having taken responsibility for a team of mini Aussies, you’ll probably feel ready for anything!


In order to guarantee your Sport Lived hockey coaching programme, you’ll need to obtain coaching qualifications prior to departure.  You’ll need an England Hockey Level 1 Coaching Qualification or higher.  We also recommend that you get as much practical experience as possible prior to your departure.

If you’re unable to obtain a coaching qualification before you join us please let us know. Some schools are happy to employ individuals who just have experience of playing and coaching hockey. Further details of how and where to obtain hockey coaching qualifications can be found at the England Hockey website.

Working Overseas

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

Employment options:

  • 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!

Social Life

Making the most of your time away

Travelling to the other side of the world to coach sport is a truly once in a lifetime experience. So all Sport Lived programmes are designed to make sure that both your sporting life, and your social life, are as action packed and exciting as possible. That’s why you’ll always get…

Social events with Sport Lived

The cities you can visit with Sport Lived are some of the most exciting and welcoming on the planet, and there always seems to be something interesting going on. So to help you make the most of your time away, our local staff organise social events like trips to top sporting occasions, surfing lessons, welcome dinners and loads more besides. They’ll also try to assist you get tickets to events you want to watch while you're away, and give you expert advice on the best things to see and do in the city.

A great place to stay in the centre of town

We offer programmes in some fantastic cities, and we know that to make the most of your time away, you need to be right in the centre of the action. So we make sure that your accommodation is in the heart of the city - just a short walk away from all the best cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and pretty much anything else you’ll ever need.

Like-minded flatmates

Having a few friends to share your experiences with is a huge part of any foreign trip – they make the whole experience loads easier and loads more fun. So you’ll always share your swish city centre accommodation with other Sport Lived participants - that way you’ll have a ready-made group of friends from the minute you step off the plane!

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 & 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.

Personal development

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.

Work 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.


1. What type of visa do I need?

Australian Working Holiday Visa

In order to undertake a Sport Lived coaching programme in Australia 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 £250 and can take up to 4 weeks to process so we recommend getting the paperwork sorted well in advance of your departure. For more information see the Travel & Visa section in the Need to Know area of our site.

2. Do I need to be an experienced coach?

No! To guarantee your coaching placement, you should obtain relevant coaching qualifications prior to departure. This will give you the necessary skills to plan and organise coaching lessons. In addition, gaining practical coaching experience will provide excellent preparation for your programme.

3. How much will I earn from my coaching work?

Rates of pay for coaching compare favourably to other forms of casual work in Australia. We can’t guarantee your rates in advance, but you can expect to earn at least £10-£12 per hour.

Standard Accommodation

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:

  • Top quality hostel accommodation
  • Located close to transport and nightlife
  • Shared with Sport Lived participants
  • Meet travellers from around the world

Your place in Australia...

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.

Premium Accommodation

Choose our Premium Accommodation in Australia and you’ll live in a 4 star apartment in the centre of town. Your sports club or coaching placement will be easily accessible by public transport and with lots of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops close by there are plenty of places to explore.

At a glance:

  • 4-star fully furnished apartments (twin rooms)
  • Located close to transport and nightlife
  • Shared with Sport Lived participants 
  • Relax! Most bills are included

Home from home...

Apartments are shared with other Sport Lived participants and include a 24 hour reception plus many mod-cons. Apartments are fully furnished including a TV, linen, kitchen appliances, washing machines, etc. They are also serviced weekly so you can spend your time having fun.

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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

  1. Travel the Great Ocean Road
  2. Watch ‘the race that stops a nation’
  3. Catch the ANZAC Day AFL Game at the MCG

What’s included?

Coaching Work
Organisation of a paid coaching placement
✓ A minimum rate of £10-12 per hour
✓ A DBS check in Australia
✓ First Aid Course in Australia (if not previously qualified)
✓ Anaphylaxis training

Sports Club
The opportunity to join an Australian sports club (additional fees apply)

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
Transport to the airport for your departure

Trip Essentials
Sport Lived clothing
 Information pack upon arrival
 Introductory travel pass
 Gym membership
✓ Sport Lived Australia handbook

Social Events
Regular overseas social events e.g. surfing trips and tickets to great sporting events*
*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. ​

And finally…
The sports experience of a lifetime!

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Prices and Dates...
Location Duration From To Accommodation Price
Melbourne 25 weeks 20/03/2023 10/09/2023 Premium £ 10695 Book Now

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