WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION
Depending on availability and where you are most needed, you may work at just one or both centres. You'll spend time sharing your skills and building confidence and team morale, whilst working towards improving technique and strategy. What you will offer through coaching is immeasurable in terms of education in social skills, team work, self- development, confidence and the obvious positive effects it will have on their English language learning.
In the centre in the North the children train three days a week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday for two sessions, one morning and one evening and at the centre in the favela they train Monday to Friday, afternoons only.
At both centres you will be coaching children and teenagers aged between 6 to 18 and your main role is to assist the coach in all roles from warm up’s, drills, skill practice, to refereeing and sometimes you can also get involved in playing the game, as the kids love to play above all else!. Your working hours may vary as you may work solely at one centre or divide your time between the two. The children have a huge love for football and take it very seriously so working at this project will be a totally rewarding experience as their enthusiasm is infectious!
Coaching swimming is also available in conjunction with your football
coaching project; however you need to hold a level one badge or a lifeguard’s certificate
as a minimum requirement.
HOLIDAYS AND CARNAVAL!
The project runs all year round except for Carnaval; the dates for 2017 are 24th February to 1st March.
The best part so far is seeing the enthusiasm of the kids at the football projects. They are all really friendly and try to communicate and thank me all the time. Seeing a famous city like Rio has also been of one my favourite parts.
The first day or so in any new environment can always be a bit uncertain, but the placement kicked off with a really warm welcome from Karen and Romulo, the staff at the Samba Palace, and then finally Jose at the football pitch! From a football perspective, I was really pleased to see the 3G a step pitch and the players all kitted out in strips - it is certainly taken seriously but all in good spirit at all age groups. We sometimes do drills, at other times games and you have to be on your best game of you join in! It's a case of just getting stuck in really - play, coach, referee, help organise. Each day can be different.
With everyone turning out to play,
team Sunscreen headed to the pitches to take on some local talent. The pitches were
all busy as usual for a weekend, but we found one pitch (in slightly better nick
than the last time). With a couple of kids who had a ball and with our broken Portuguese
and lots of random gesturing, we managed to get a game of 5-A-Side going.
The 2 hours in the burning heat was brilliant and we headed home feeling very much
the better for it.
The evening was even more eventful, we’d decided to
go watch Rio’s two biggest teams fight it off in the season’s big derby match –
Fluminense v Vasco!
CAN'T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE?
If you speak some Portuguese (or even Spanish), you will find it very beneficial
on this project. But don't be put off if languages aren't your thing! You're sure
to pick up some of the basic words whilst you are there, and will find other ways
to converse without language becoming a barrier. Don't forget that we can also arrange
some Portuguese Lessons for you during your programme if you'd
like. Please ask for details.