Mauritius is renowned across the world as Paradise island and people jet set to this tropical island to relax on the beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise warms seas. The island has so much more to offer than just its idyllic coastline. This Indian Ocean island has a rich melting pot of cultures and its people are a sea of smiles. It’s people love sports wherever you go on the island you will see locals, sporting football t-shirts from the Premiership. Yes, it’s an island mad about football, with basketball and volleyball being the other two main participatory sports in Mauritius.
There is an emphasis with the Ministry of Youth and Sport to introduce new sports in Hockey, Rugby, Cricket and Netball, as well as developing existing sports such as Football, Basketball, Volleyball and Handball.
Sport in Mauritius
Mauritian sport is marginalised in competition with the demands of academic subjects within schools. Our sports project work is to re-prioritise the importance of physical activity both within the curriculum and in the community. A national concern of the country is the overall health and well being of the next generation with few role models in sport to aspire to. By providing valuable coaching lessons within the school structure you will be key to re-establishing sports at a mass participation level.
Sports that you are all familiar with in your own country, such as hockey, rugby, netball, and cricket are not that well known or played in Mauritius. The potential to develop these sports on the island could lead to establishing participation and developing competitions. Your role as a Sports Development Intern will be to introduce grass roots coaching in these sports in order to assess the potential of these sports to become established in Mauritius
Your Sports Development Internship in Mauritius
Your role along with a small team of sports coaches, will be to deliver a fun experience encompassing multi-sports sessions. The children will be from a selection of secondary schools and special needs schools providing you with a wide group of participation levels and ages. Coaching will cover a range of sports from football, basketball, and volleyball all played to a decent national level. The secondary aim will be to introduce new sports such as netball, cricket, hockey and rugby.
Sport can play a vital role to help young people to achieve a higher academic level by providing key learning skills such as listening, following instructions. motivation and trusting others to support their personal development.
In the afternoon we will head out to a community centre delivering sports sessions to children who normally would not get much access to sports coaches providing fun training drills to help with interest and engagement,. The emphasis here is less structured but will have as much of an impact on these young children.
The aim of the sports internship is to continually assess the success of delivering sports coaching lessons into the community with the hope of developing a long-term sustainable sports development programme in Mauritius.
Your sports experience with us will provide you with unique access to contributing to sports development in Mauritius whilst supporting our work which is the first of its kind on the island, helping you appreciate sports management and development on an international level.
CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
It is advised that participants complete a CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) check in order to take part in this project. We can provide this service for you at an additional cost because some people may already have one that is valid (please get in touch for more details).
Gap Year and Career Break Sports Coaching Project in Mauritius
Mauritius is a top travel destination and for those who enjoy the outdoor life there is a myriad of adventure activities to experience from kite surfing, scuba diving, mountain biking, hiking and exploring the natural environment. Take a gap year, head out in your summer holiday or plan a career break and be part of an exciting sports coaching and playing project in Mauritius, developing sporting opportunities for young people that could have a positive impact on their lives.