Sports Coaching in Sri Lanka
Sports coaching involves developing and nurturing talent and personal development of children from disadvantaged communities through sports. Volunteers for sports will be coaching, training and playing sports in local schools, orphanages and community centres. Children in Sri Lanka love cricket, volleyball, netball, swimming and cross country. You don’t need to be a qualified coach. You don’t need to be a pro-sports star. You just need bags of enthusiasm and to be passionate about sport to be able to coach for sports.
Sports is extremely important in the personal development of children. Many children have talent and develop self-confidence. Our sports coaching projects are based in a local sports centre in Southern Sri Lanka.
The community centre was started after the Tsunami of 2004 to give the community a facility to develop their passion in sport particularly cricket and volleyball. The sports centre is bridging the gap between communities that have been split by the aftermath of the 30-year civil war. After a war that went on for decades, in which children were pulled in to fight, these children of conflict remain displaced and communities are in desperate need of reconciliation and healing. In the post-war fall out, it is estimated that at least 270,000 Tamil children are displaced. The programme supports education, healthcare, and business skill development to ensure these youth are not a lost generation.
Sports is brilliant for children to develop discipline, team skills and morale boosting. A lot of national level sporting hero have emerged from this community centre and we hope to keep building their skills and confidence to perform well in sporting activities.
The sports centre supports almost 600 members from the community annually. Some of the key sports that you can expect to be involved in include cricket, volleyball, badminton, netball and swimming.
During your time you as a sports coach you will be placed in a local sports centre in Southern Sri Lanka in the town of Seenigama. The centre has pretty good facilities where you will work with local coaches working with different age groups and levels for swimming, cricket, volleyball or general fitness. The focus of our sports volunteering projects is not to find Sri Lanka’s next cricket or swimming star, instead the goal is to simply give more children the opportunity to play sports as part of a structured team or club. You therefore do not need recognised coaching qualifications to join this cricket project, however you just need to some experience playing sports at a reasonable level. Your commitment and enthusiasm will fill in the rest.
As a sports volunteer your main role in the sports centre will be to organise coaching sessions and matches for the children. Your coaching sessions will be timetabled after the school day, however there may be options for long term volunteers to organise additional sports clubs. You may be nervous about sports volunteering in Sri Lanka, but you will soon discover that you possess a wealth of knowledge that your young children are desperate to have. By teaching simple sports techniques the children will develop rapidly. And you will find your coaching sessions extremely rewarding, not only because the young players are so enthusiastic, but because many of the players are very talented. Seeing the children improve so quickly is great motivation for any sports volunteer. Once you are more settled in your role, you may want to help organise sports days or tournaments for the teams you work with. This is a great way to get your players excited about the competitive side of the game, and also to develop a strong team bond and sense of sportsmanship.
Your sports coaching schedule can include the following: Warm up routines and stretching guidance, rules and regulations of different formats of the game, overview of equipment and specific requirements, techniques of the sports your are teaching, as well as developing teamwork and matchplay strategy.
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- Pre-departure guide – to prepare you for your trip
- Pick-up and drop from Colombo Airport
- Accommodation in a guest house homestay (Twin Room) with AC and Fan
- Wifi in the house
- Experienced bilingual local staff team
- All Meals – traditional Sri Lankan Cuisine
- Location orientation – showing you the ATMs and amenities
- Project training with the local Program Manager
- 24 hour support in your location for emergencies
- Working and living like a true local in SriLanka and get real medical experience in a developing country
- Donation to medical centres or hospitals
Whats Not Included in your program fee :
- Flights to the program destination
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Personal shopping and gratuities
- Local excursions
Local Team On Ground
Kushil Gunasekera: Founder of Sri Lanka Seenigama Center
Kushil is the founder of the Seenigama centre where you will work. Born in the village of Seeingama, Southern SriLanka, Kushil used his ancestral home to start community development programs following the Tsunami of 2004.Kushil usually works in his office in Colombo but is actively involved in creating community development programs that uplift lives. We are working with Kushil to support his team, the sports centre and the local hatchery for sea turtles.
Ravindram: Sri Lanka Program Leader
Ravindram is a key member of Kushil’s team in Seenigama. Ravidram was a coral miner and stopped once the Tsunami displaced his community. He now works with Kushil in an effort to rebuild his community. You will be working with Ravindran when you join our volunteering program in Sri Lanka. Ravindran will be working with you on your first day to give you a tour of the projects and also giving you a work schedule for your time in Sri Lanka.
- The nearest airport for this program is Colombo Airport ( CMB )
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What your week looks like:
Arrival Day Monday: Once you get picked up from Colombo airport you will be taken to your villa in Seenigama. The journeys takes about 2.5 hours. One of the local project team will come and meet you and give you a house an project orientation. The area you live in is very safe and you can take a walk to visit the beach or local sights in the evening.
Tuesday to Saturday : After breakfast you will be volunteering during the day at local education projects. In the afternoons you can head over to the sports centre after lunch till evening helping with sports. You can also assist with sports early morning as well before breakfast. You will have evenings free for cultural activities such as visiting Temples in the area, local markets or to chill by the beach!
Free Days: Sunday & Monday
We highly recommend utilising your free days to explore Sri Lanka. Located along the Southern coastline of Sri Lanka, you will have access to nearby beaches and you can take part in the local activities such as diving or surfing. Just a few hours away are major cities and tourist destinations such as the capital of Colombo or the historical city of Galle. If you love animals you can also go tot Yala National Park for a wildlife Safari.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Family Volunteers:
You will stay in the lovely Lahiru villa in Seenigama. Located in a quaint residential neighbourhood, your accommodation is a 5 minute walk to the beach. Your villa boasts of ensuite air-conditioned rooms, and you will be sharing rooms with another volunteer. Wifi is available, there is a communal area for socialising and a swimming pool for your use if you wish to cool down! You will be conveniently located to nearby shops and amenities and Hikkaduwa a famous tourist hub is a 20 minute walk. Nearby there are temples and markets that you can visit in the evenings.
Daily meals (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided to all our families and will consist of fresh, delicious and locally produced cuisine so you can get fully immersed into the Sri Lankan lifestyle and really experience life as a local! You projects are about 5-10 minutes walk from your accommodation making it convenient.
Health and Safety :
When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants.
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Why Volunteers Love Us!
‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand. I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks. Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’
‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
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“Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”
‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’
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