Rugby Coaching in St Lucia

As a volunteer coach you will have the opportunity to work with schools, community clubs and even national sides.

Project Description 

Rugby is a sport that isn’t often associated with the Caribbean, but it has strong roots across the region and in the past few years a couple of countries have begun to break into the 7s circuit. Caribbean Coaching was initially created to help support the development of national and grassroots rugby in St Lucia back in 2011.

When we first began coaching in 2011 there were no community teams or grassroots initiatives. The national team was formed of anyone who came along to the weekly training sessions, and the equipment was old and worn. In the first year, we established a number of groups in local communities and schools to help get children involved in the game. This culminated in the first-ever youth rugby tournament taking place. Since then rugby has spread across the island with community clubs and school teams.

By volunteering as a coach you’ll help continue our work of expanding rugby by running sessions with community clubs, school teams, youth groups and the national male and female teams. Rugby has some fantastic values; respect, teamwork, determination and fair play which are at the forefront of our approach. We work with children in some of the Country’s most deprived areas and these values have made a real difference to countless children.

Volunteer rugby coach working with a community group in St Lucia
Rugby coach working with the St Lucian women's team while on his gap year

Coaching Role

You’ll have the chance to coach at a variety of levels. This will be based on your experience and personal preference. Ourwork with the youth groups places an emphasis on fun and interactive participation, looking to develop skills through games and activities rather than ridged drills. You have the option to be in charge of sessions, or work on specific games and activities depending on your confidence.

In addition, you can also work with the National rugby teams, both male and female, to develop and improve their drills and IRB ranking. You will have the opportunity to look at aspects, such as gym routines and offer nutritional advice. You’ll also have the option to run whole sessions or work on specific drills and skill depending on what you believe is appropriate at the time! If the team is competing in a tournament during your trip you will be given the chance to go on tour.

Schedule

Your coaching timetable will vary on the time of year that you volunteer. During the day you’ll be working with children in local schools and communities. There will also be some after school and club sessions in the evenings.  The National team train Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with a longer session on a Sunday morning.

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, but a background in rugby is always helpful (and recommended). We try to tailor your coaching placement to your ability. If you are an experienced and confident rugby coach then you can test your skills with a senior or national team. If you’re just starting out you can be more involved with the school and community sessions. Whatever your level we can also give you the opportunity to get some game time in during the senior sessions.

Gap year coach running a rugby session in the Caribbean

The project was definitely one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had. The chance to play and coach rugby in St Lucia is one I’m so glad I took up. It gave me the opportunity to work with children in local communities and schools as well as the national team! 

Henry Snow

This was a fantastic experience and I had some great learning experiences while coaching in a dream location! I would highly recommend this to anyone keen to coach in a foreign country while exploring the wonders of the Caribbean!
Rupert Deane

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

Dates for 2022 Projects

Project Start Date Duration
4th February 2 to 30 Weeks
18th February 2 to 28 Weeks
4th March 2 to 26 Weeks
18th March 2 to 24 Weeks
1st April 2 to 22 Weeks
Project Start Date Duration
15th April 2 to 20 Weeks
29th April 2 to 18 Weeks
13th May 2 to 16 Weeks
27th May 2 to 14 Weeks
10th June 2 to 12 Weeks
Project Start Date Duration
24th June 2 to 10 Weeks
8th July 2 to 8 Weeks
22nd July 2 to 6 Weeks
5th August 2 to 4 Weeks
19th August 2 Weeks