Coaching and Sports Management Internship

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Coordinator | Andrew
Coordinator | Andrew


Work alongside professional coaches to gain practical experience and insight that can support your future career in coaching or sports management
Join a sports coaching clinic that is run by professional coaches who focus on delivering life skills through rugby to a group of children from underprivileged backgrounds
Work with children and the elderly, developing lesson plans and test batteries to improve overall health and wellbeing
Learn about the sport culture of one of the world’s most popular sporting hubs, South Africa
Spend your weekends exploring the city and enjoying all the incredible adventure activities on offer, including shark diving, surfing, hiking, Table Mountain, and more
Assist local sports coaches and short-term volunteers with sporting research and development efforts within Cape Town’s major townships. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

The days of developing gross or fine motor skills in children by letting them climb trees and make kites are long gone in South Africa. This has been exacerbated by the fact that physical education was removed from the school syllabus in 1994 and only reintroduced 19 years later in 2013 as a non-compulsory subject. This has meant that exercise has been abandoned by schools in impoverished areas due to lack of resources, infrastructure and staff.


Although sport development in school is not as strong in South Africa as it is overseas, it hasn’t squandered the passion to play sport in our townships. Sports is engrained in South Africa’s history - just watch Invictus. In fact, some of South Africa’s most famous sports stars come from townships, against all odds. We at African Impact believe that with the right coaching and tools, kids can reach their full potential under the aforementioned circumstances.


During your internship, you will spearhead sessions for our sports volunteers, learning how to manage a team. You will gain industry knowledge from esteemed coaches and have the freedom to change, create and implement new lesson plans. Your ‘clientele’ will range from 4-year old to grannies in their 70s, so bring your A-game. It’s time to put your knowledge into practice and add something of value to your C.V.


You will have the chance to support and expand your understanding, and further your career from your involvement in three different organizations working in the Cape Town townships:


To begin with, you’ll join a sports coaching clinic (VUSA Academy), run by professional coaches who focus on delivering life skills through rugby to a group of children from underprivileged backgrounds. In addition to learning about sports and nutrition, children in the program will also receive tutoring in academic subjects and a hot meal before they head home.


You may also be involved in working with one of Cape Town’s most renowned sports-upliftment organizations, Sporting Chance. This organization looks to provide opportunities in sporting achievement for as many children as possible – irrespective of race, gender or social class – by offering professional coaching within all community sectors.


You will also be part of the work being done at support group center, Grandmothers against Poverty and AIDs (GAPA). This organizations aims to support children and grannies who are affected by the HIV and AIDS epidemic. You will shadow and work alongside a qualified therapist while helping to assess the health of the grannies, offering guidance to help improve their daily lives.

Typical day

Sports Coaching

You will join VUSA Academy, a sports coaching clinic, to learn from professional coaches and assist by teaching rugby to a group of students. This will improve their fitness levels and foster an appreciation for rugby, one of the most lucrative sports in South Africa. These children will also receive academic tutoring and a meal before heading on home after a full day. This project has two aims; the first is to keep children safe and productively occupied in the hours after school when many of their caretakers are still at work, while the second is to grow the individual confidence of each child, while adding to the bank of resources the Academy requires in order to function optimally. This way you’ll get practical hours and hands on experience in the sports science universe from professional and experienced coaches.


Physical Education

In post-Apartheid 1994, the South African government removed physical education from the school curriculum.  While this has now been reintroduced, it only forms a small part of the Life Orientation syllabus. As a result, student involvement in physical activity is very low in township communities.

Partnering with NGO Sporting Chance, you will have the opportunity to work alongside professional coaches and provide students with 45-minute physical education sessions.  You will also be involved in lesson planning, designing and implementing drills and fitness tests, creating assessments to ensure each child is progressing and sharing knowledge and skills with the students and coaches. This is really valuable so to help develop crucial skills such as leadership, team work, and communication.


Sports Management

To compliment this internship, we also offer a sports coaching and development volunteer program. As an intern, you will offer support to the team of volunteers, some of whom may be inspiring kinesiologists themselves. This way you will get hands on experience in leading a team and developing activities for the volunteers to implement on the different locations they will be working in.


Community Health Intervention

GAPA is a community center in the township community of Khayelitsha, run by grannies that have been directly or indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS. Here they run an after-school program for children as it’s considered the most vulnerable time of the day in the township.

South Africa has shocking obesity statistics which is attributed to a high-carb diet and lack of exercise. Unfortunately, in impoverished areas, high-carb food is a cheap alternative but lacks necessary nutrients to sustain an active lifestyle. At GAPA, we find grannies who battle to move because of this.

As an intern, you will provide education to the grannies to help improve their diet and encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle. This will be in the form of workshops and exercises.


Training Programs and Test Batteries

Aiding in the sustainability of this internship, you will create measurable lesson plans for the children and grannies. With guidance, you will select specific test batteries relevant to the movements you are assessing to ensure the success of your plan. This will teach you about nurturing and adapting lesson plans to reach your target.



Kinderkinetics is a field of sport science developed only in South Africa. Derived from Afrikaans (one of South Africa’s 11 official languages), Kinderkinetics refers to the movement of children. Working with children allows you to be involved in development of core skills and movements. Use your afternoons at coaching to create and implement exercise programs specifically for children.


Personal Development

At African Impact we specialize in the personal development aspect of an internship and recognize this as hugely important. To achieve the most from your program it is crucial to challenge yourself, gain new insights and understanding, and develop the skills to become genuinely useful to the communities you would like to support. We’ll make sure you are taken care of and fully supported throughout your entire internship, enabling you to focus and get the most out of this placement in order to best achieve your set goals.

We provide professional support to you in the form of:

A highly experienced Personal Development coach who will work with you on topics, including community communication, ‘poverty porn’ and its existence in healthcare reporting, and your positionality in terms of culture, issues and spaces.

Mentorship from local teams and your set Intern Placement Manager as a means to guide contextual relevance and understanding on the issue of sports science and health in the South African setting.

Support and weekly meetings from the coaches in the different townships in the Cape Town area.

Free-time activities

Cape Town Sightseeing

Cape Town has many iconic sites which makes for great photograph opportunities. Take a boat trip to Seal Island, visit the celebrated Robben Island and of stand on top of the world-renowned Table Mountain, reaching it either by foot or cable car. A convenient and fun way to see more of what the city has to offer is to take the Hop-on, Hop-off City Tour bus. You will also have a chance to do some shopping and enjoy fine dining at the V&A Waterfront or at one of the many local food markets.


Cape Town Adventures

You can hike up the magnificent Table Mountain, or take the cable car to the top. Once you’ve soaked in the breath-taking view, you can choose to abseil your way down. Surfing lessons, shark cage diving and sky-diving are also on many tourists’ “bucket lists”, and Cape Town’s mountain ranges make for great mountain-biking too.


Beaches and Ocean Adventures

Although the water may be just a little cold, Cape Town has plenty of beautiful beaches to visit, each with its own unique atmosphere. If you are really keen to explore the waters you can dive with the sharks or take a tour to Cape Point Peninsula where you will have a chance to swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach.



Cape Town has something for everyone. If you’re not really a city slicker and prefer to discover what nature has to offer, you can experience an African Safari at Aquila Safari – a “Big 5” private game reserve with animals such as the springbok, lion, cape porcupine, olive baboon, leopard, and African elephant.

The Cape Point at the tip of the Cape Peninsula lies within a nature reserve within the Table Mountain National Park which is a World Heritage Site. Cape Point is a nature enthusiast’s paradise with many buck, baboons, Cape Mountain Zebras, birds and a variety of flora and fauna unique to the area.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
CV and Skype interview
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
mature, motivated and proactive, positive and passionate
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by African Impact

What’s included in the cost?

Return transport between Cape Town International Airport and the program base

Orientation program, including a security briefing and introduction to South Africa.

All daily transfers to and from your projects.

Full board and lodging, which includes 3 meals a day at our intern and volunteer house (excluding weekends)

Assistance at your projects by African Impact staff and volunteer coordinators


What’s not included in the cost?

Return flights from your home to Cape Town

Personal insurance cover for the duration of your placement - to include cover for repatriation and air evacuation

Visa – please note that the program fee does not cover the cost of visa’s, and visa requirements differ per country – while we will assist you in providing all of the relevant information required to arrange your visa, it will be the intern’s responsibility to ensure they have the necessary visa for the country

Snacks, soft drinks, souvenirs, and meals at the weekend

Airport Pickup at Cape Town International Airport

Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team is included in the volunteer fee.


About the location

Cape Town is an internationally renowned destination and has something for everyone. The Mother City is home to iconic Table Mountain, beautiful beaches, stunning vineyards and people that will leave your heart fuller. Enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the world, a beautiful mountain backdrop, spot stunning marine life and sample some of the eclectic restaurants and markets which have seen Cape Town recently been named the No. 1 Food City in the World! Plus, you have the Garden Route on your doorstep!


Where you will be staying

You will be staying in a fully furnished house situated in Muizenberg, just 3 minutes away from the beach. This area is one of the major tourist attractions in Cape Town and a surfer’s paradise. The area is filled with vibey bars, cafes, and amazing restaurants, and you’ll be based just opposite a major grocery store for you to do extra shopping should you need.

The accommodation is a cozy, safe home that boasts a central lounge and dining area, a living room with some comfortable couches for socializing and relaxing, preparing for your next day or chatting with fellow volunteers, as well as a spacious backyard in the sun to relax or to enjoy a South African Braai. It is the perfect base from which to explore this incredible city. African Impact supports you in full during your internship and you’ll get all your accommodation, meals, daily transportation and project support 24/7 so you can focus on your internship goals and get the professional experience you are looking for!

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community (weekdays only)

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

This project runs almost all year round and starts every second Monday.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
8 weeks (min. stay)
$ 3,985
9 weeks
$ 4,395
10 weeks
$ 4,805
11 weeks
$ 5,215
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,625
Average fees
$ 483 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. African Impact will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with African Impact during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Coaching and Sports Management Internship

Assist local sports coaches and short-term volunteers with sporting research and development efforts within Cape Town’s major townships.


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