Football Coaching in St Lucia

Make a real difference on your gap year by coaching football in the Caribbean.

Program description

Football is by far the most popular sport in the region with the highest participation levels, which makes it the perfect vehicle to tackle key social issues effecting the region’s youth. Under the guidance of our tour coordinator and coaches, volunteer coaches will work with inner-city city children within our partnered schools, free summer camps and our established community groups around the Castries area. Sessions concentrate mainly on skill and tactical development with an overall emphasis on fun, continued participation and social development.

In recent years St Lucia’s football teams have been gaining recognition internationally. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams have been in the qualifying rounds for the World Cup, an impressive feat for a country with a population of just 182,000.

As a football coach you will be working with local coaches and other volunteers to deliver coaching sessions in the disadvantaged communities on the island.

Volunteer football coach on their gap year in St Lucia
Football coaching project in St Lucia

There are also lots of football teams competing across the Island. You will have the chance to work and train for these teams to help develop their skills for their regular matches. You might even have the chance to play for your team.

Saturday sessions take place with the islands top youth academy, which has groups ranging from age 8 to a senior level so the volunteer coaches an select the level they will work with according to experience, knowledge and ability. It is also a great opportunity for volunteers to get some playing time in competitive matches.

Another side to our work is the training of local coaches, we have recently supported the formation of three new youth groups across the island, you will aid the development of their current coaches while working within these groups. We also currently work with local children in the region, offering them fun coaching sessions and distributing any equipment that has been generously donated.

Your coaching role

As football is a relatively well established sport on St Lucia many of the kids you work with will have a good natural talent for the game, however their understanding of the rules, tactics and strategies are likely to be undeveloped. Your role in the school and community coaching clinics will be to introduce new elements of the game whilst developing the young players’ skills through the application of drills, exercises and conditioned games.

When working with local football clubs, the players will have a much better understanding of rules, tactics and strategy, so your focus will be on building up team play, match-play situations such as set pieces and working on skills and fitness in preparation for competitive matches.

Program participant criteria

To volunteer as a coach you must be a minimum of 18 years old. There is no maximum age and we welcome everyone who is passionate to help. But our volunteers do tend on average to be aged 18 to 25. No coaching qualifications are required, just a desire to help others.

Gap year volunteer running a football session in the Caribbean

Project Overview

Included

  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 24-hour assistance from our in-country team
  • Coaching placements
  • Welcome orientation
  • Pre-departure support
  • Transport to and from training sessions,
  • Coaching shirt
  • Breakfast

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Additional food
  • Excursions
Project Length Cost
Two Weeks £695
Four Weeks £1195
Six Weeks £1595
Eight Weeks £1995
Ten Weeks £2395
Twelve Weeks £2795
Project Start Date Duration
5th February 2 to 30 Weeks
19th February 2 to 28 Weeks
5th March 2 to 26 Weeks
19th March 2 to 24 Weeks
2nd April 2 to 22 Weeks
Project Start Date Duration
16th April 2 to 20 Weeks
30th April 2 to 18 Weeks
14th May 2 to 16 Weeks
28th May 2 to 14 Weeks
11th June 2 to 12 Weeks
Project Start Date Duration
25th June 2 to 10 Weeks
9th July 2 to 8 Weeks
23nd July 2 to 6 Weeks
6th August 2 to 4 Weeks
20th August 2 Weeks