Hockey: Coach in South Africa

6 Weeks


If you want to develop your skills as a hockey coach while immersing yourself in a vibrant new culture, this programme is just the thing. Whilst in Cape Town you’ll undertake a coach development course to broaden your hockey knowledge and make you a better coach.   You’ll then put what you’ve learnt in to practice by coaching young hockey players at schools and clubs in Cape Town. 

Recommended for:

  • Developing your coaching skills
  • Gaining coaching experience in a new environment
  • A first hand taste of life in South Africa
  • Time to explore Cape Town

At a glance:

  • Professional coach development course
  • Around 5 - 10 hours per week of coaching
  • Weekly social activities
  • Sport Lived staff support throughout your stay

Sporting adventures

Our programmes in Cape Town offer a great opportunity to broaden your coaching knowledge, gain hands on coaching whilst immersing yourself in a new culture. During the placement you will coach hockey in leading schools and clubs and also work with disadvantaged youngsters in Cape Town. 

You’ll enjoy weekly social activities so you can experience all the amazing things on offer in Cape Town and the surrounding area. You’ll also live in centrally located accommodation which you’ll share with other Sport Lived participants. 

Coaching hockey in South Africa

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 your knowledge and enthusiasm on to the next generation.  


Our South African hockey coaching placements run for 6 weeks and start in April and June.   Whilst in South Africa you’ll undertake a professional coach development course to enhance your coaching skills and broaden your knowledge. You’ll also gain coaching experience working with local school and club hockey teams in Cape Town. Coaches can expect around 5-10 hours of coaching work per week. During your 6 week programme, you’ll also have 16 hours of seminars and practical sessions during your coach development course. 

Broad Experience

Our programmes are designed to give you a broad, enriching and rewarding coaching experience. The coach development course will make you a better and more knowledgeable coach and you’ll gain diverse coaching experience working with hockey players in some of South Africa’s top schools and youngsters from deprived areas of Cape Town.  

A Sport Lived coaching placement is a great addition to your CV. You’ll develop organisational, leadership and communication skills. Having taken responsibility for a team of mini South Africans you’ll 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.

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!


1. What type of visa do I need?

British Citizens do not need to apply for a visa before travelling to South Africa. Upon entry you will be issued with a 90 day visa, if you wish to stay in the country for longer you can leave, go to a neighbouring country, and be issued with another 90 day visa when you re-enter South Africa.


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.

Standard Accommodation

Choose our Standard Accommodation in South Africa and you’ll live in a hostel/ lodge in a dorm room or twin room. All our Standard pads are centrally located and provide easy access to your sports club, coaching placement and nearby entertainment.

At a glance:

  • Top quality hostel accommodation
  • Shared with Sport Lived participants
  • Centrally located close to sports clubs and entertainment
  • Meet travellers from around the world

Your place in South Africa...

You’ll share a dorm or twin room with other Sport Lived participants. You’ll get fully equipped kitchen facilities, a secure base for your belongings and large comfortable communal areas where 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 South Africa and you’ll live in a 4 star guest house in one of Cape Town’s most historic suburbs. Your playing or coaching placement will be easily accessible and you will be in touching distance of the world famous Newlands rugby and cricket grounds.

At a glance:

  • 4 star guest house
  • Twin ensuite room with TV
  • Free breakfast & optional evening meal* 
  • Centrally located close to sports venues and entertainment
  • Shared with like-minded participants

*The daily cost of an evening meal at the guest house is approximately £10

Stylish, sophisticated and secure...

You’ll share a twin room with another Sport Lived participant; all rooms are ensuite and have a TV. There are plenty of communal areas where you can relax after coaching and training sessions and socialise with other Sport Lived participants. The guest house has excellent facilities including a swimming pool and a gym! 

Cape Town

Sexy South Africa is known for its beaches, mountains, surf and incredible wildlife. Its people are passionate about sport, as you’d expect from the land of the Springboks, and beyond the stadia, even the wildlife enjoys breaking records. The country’s game reserves contain the top three fastest land animals on the planet - the cheetah, pronghorn antelope and lion.

With beaches and mountains within easy reach of the city, our base in Cape Town offers a fantastic lifestyle. Our programmes in South Africa include options to coach youngsters in local schools and clubs or work intensively on your game at a Sport Lived academy. 

Top things to do in Cape Town:

  1. Catch a cable car up Table Mountain
  2. Spend the day at a Cape Town winery
  3. Catch a wave at Muizenberg

What’s included?

Coaching Work
✓ 16 Hour Professional Coach Development Course
Organisation of a voluntary coaching placement

Transport to all coaching sessions

✓ Shared centrally located accommodation
✓ Choice between a quality lodge or a 4 star guest house
 Breakfast (Premium Accommodation only)
✓ Free internet

Overseas Staff Support
✓ Airport collection upon arrival
✓ 24/7 mentor support
✓ Transport to the airport for your departure

Trip Essentials
✓ Sport Lived hoody
✓ Welcome pack upon arrival
✓ Sport Lived South Africa handbook

Social Events
✓ Weekly social events e.g. surfing trip, Stellenbosch wine tour, tickets to great sporting events etc

And finally…
✓ The sports experience of a lifetime!

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