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Ghana: Volunteer Football Coaching Work Experience Placements

Sports, Football in Ghana

Football is the national sport in Ghana. Given the 'Black Stars' - the Ghanaian team's - successful performance in the 2006 World Cup, football in Ghana can only continue to get bigger and better. Football in Ghana is everywhere! Whether football flags on cars, stickers in taxis, locals in football jerseys or kids playing in the street, it is immediately apparent that Ghanaians are extremely passionate about football.

Our football placements in Ghana provide an opportunity for all young players to develop their basic skills and techniques with the hope that some may achieve the success of Premiership stars Michael Essien or Stephen Appiah. There will also be the opportunity to see one of Ghana's many top division club teams - like Kotoko and Hearts of Oak - in action. Volunteers sometimes take young players to games to help with their footballing development and to provide a well earned break from their sport coaching.

Coach Football to Children with Projects Abroad

Sports, Football in Ghana In this pioneering new project, first-time Projects Abroad football-coaching volunteers have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of a youth academy. Volunteers will train in the mornings with a local football squad and in the afternoons will work with a youth team, giving them the benefit of your newly acquired coaching knowledge and skills. Please see the timetable below.

This project is a fantastic chance to improve your skills and ability whilst also helping local children to develop their game. If you are good enough you may even be selected to play for one of the local third division teams!

Volunteers with more experience, those holding a Football Association Coaching certificate for instance, will be able to get involved in the coaching from day one. You will still be able to benefit from our support and guidance, and get the chance to compete for selection to a local Ghanaian team!

Your Role Volunteering Abroad on a Football Project in Ghana

Sports, Football in Ghana During your time coaching football in the afternoons you will be responsible for the development of young footballers' basic skills and techniques. You will co-ordinate and plan coaching sessions around topics such as development of ball control, accurate passing, keeping possession and moving into space. Furthermore you will help your supervisor - usually the team's part-time manager - to plan match strategies and take practice games. You will probably be asked to assist in team selection and may even be required to be 'on the bench' for weekend or evening matches.

Football Coaching Programme - Senior Team
MondayWarm up & skill workAerobic exerciseStretching & agility trainingBasketball, volleyball or handball. Warm down.Coaching Instruction 1
TuesdayWarm up, stretching & light joggingSkills workThemed drills & repetitive exerciseGames with opponent. Warm down.Coaching Instruction 2
WednesdayWarm up & skill workAerobic exerciseSkills workApplication of tactical awareness to the game. Warm down.Coaching Instruction 3
ThursdayWarm up, stretching & light joggingSkills workThemed drills & repetitive exerciseConditioned game. Warm down.Coaching Instruction 4
FridayWarm up & StretchingBall work - speed, strength & movementBall work - speed, strength & movementPrinciples of play. Focus on tactics for match tomorrow. Warm down.Coaching Instruction 5
SaturdayMatch Day - Post match analysis

This project is available for two weeks if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.

To find out more about Cantonments Football Academy please follow the link.


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