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Coach Football in India


Volunteering, gap year and career break in India

Coach football to children of all age groups, mainly in secondary schools in the bustling city of Madurai. Although facilities are basic, you'll be greeted with warm smiles and big hearts.

Indian children are lovely to teach and very enthusiastic about learning sport. The School Principals say that the children have also learned life skills from the team work and gained tremendous confidence in themselves.

Minimum duration is 2 weeks.
Not available during March, April or May


PRICES Please see the Prices Page - prices for all projects and all lengths are listed and you can also choose which currency you'd like to see them in.
Start Dates All year round (subject to school holidays), but not during March, April or May. You choose your start and finish dates (see chart below).
Duration 2 weeks to 1 year, subject to visa requirements
Requirements You don't need any qualifications to do this project, just a good knowledge of the game and lots of enthusiasm!
What's included
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Payment Protection Insurance
  • Meeting you at Madurai Airport
  • Transfer to your accommodation
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Local in-country team support and backup
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cost of Visas (if a visa is required)
  • Daily transport to and from your project
  • Return transfer to the airport
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities.

Coach Football in India


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Kids in India are wonderful to teach and incredibly enthusiastic about learning sport. They turn up for training each day eager to learn new skills and play a game. Coaching has immeasurable indirect benefits for the children, such as health awareness, increased confidence and social skills.

Most of the schools are privately run as they tend to be larger and have playgrounds. However, most of the schools have only basic equipment, such as a few deflated footballs, no nets or bibs and potholed pitches! Some schools even use the car park as a playing ground. Although materials and resources may be scarce, the enthusiasm of the students and colleagues more than makes up for any hardships.

You'll usually coaching for 3 to 5 hours at one school only, however there is a possibility that you may coach in two sessions and at two different venues. You'll work in secondary schools and you will normally help out with all age groups.

You will be in popular demand wherever you are placed and the children will crowd around you like a celebrity and want your autograph. Keep a pen on you at all times!

The Principal/sports director and/or relevant teachers at the school and colleges will liaise with you about your coaching assignments and our Organiser will also be happy to assist you where necessary.

Coaching football is only available from June to February as from the beginning of March the children have to concentrate on their academic studies as their exams are just around the corner. However, you may be able to coach during the Summer Holidays (April to May) when Summer Camps are held in some of our schools for approximately 60 children.

These Summer Camps actually take place in the school grounds and are an opportunity to give more informal lessons, perhaps combining them with playing a sport or putting together a music concert or play – much more relaxed and not quite so structured. Alternatively, you can use the holidays to tour around the country and sightsee.

If you would like to coach other sports and not just football then you also have the opportunity to do this. The sports you can teach are volleyball, cricket, football, tennis, table tennis and badminton.


Please keep in mind that school holidays can change unexpectedly with very little notice given. Although at times this can be quite inconvenient, most of our volunteers use the opportunity to travel around and explore the country.

  • First Term Vacation: 26 September to 6 October 2015
  • Gandhi’s birthday: 2 October 2015
  • Bakrid: 3 October 2015
  • Diwali Holiday: 21 to 23 October 2015
  • Second Term Vacation: 24 December 2015 to 3 January 2016
  • Pongal Holiday: 14 to 17 January 2016
  • Republic Day: 26 January 2016
  • Good Friday: 25 March 2016
  • Summer Vacation: 11 April to 4 June 2016
  • Idu’l Fitr : 5 July 2016
  • Independence Day: 15 August 2016

Exam Periods: (approx):

  • Quarterly Exams: 18 to 25 September 2015
  • Half Yearly Exams: 10 to 23 December 2015
  • Annual Exams: 2 to 11 April 2016 (although teaching is limited from Mid March)

Everything about my placement coaching football was fantastic - the friendliness of the people in Madurai, the excellent living conditions in the Volunteer house and the wonderful support from the in country supervisors. But most of all what really made it for me were the school kids I was coaching - all of them such great characters, extremely dedicated and so grateful for the opportunity to be taught more about football."  Tim Roberts

Coach Football in India

Coach Football in India

Coach Football in India

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For a complete Indian experience we'll arrange for you to stay with a wonderful host family. All of our hosts are very welcoming and not only will be made to feel part of the family you’ll also gain a great insight into Indian culture and customs. Many of our volunteers remain friends with their host families long after they leave India.

You may share a room with two or three other volunteers and in most homes you'll have an en-suite Western-style bathroom. Most of the showers in our host accommodation are cold water only – however your hosts will boil water for you. All of our host family houses are close together and just a few minutes’ walk away from internet cafes, banks and snack shops and just a short auto ride into the centre of town. Our staff in Madurai also live close-by.

Breakfast and dinner will be provided and prepared for you by the family and is mainly local fare, allowing you to taste a varied selection of delicious south Indian dishes and exotic fruits. You will need to make provision for your own lunch.

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You can explore quaint waterways, beautiful sandy beaches, and meander through forests and coconut groves, take a ride on an elephant and visit ancient temples.

MADURAI - Madurai is known by many names; ‘Jasmine city’ for the famous jasmine flowers that are cultivated here, ‘the city of Nectar’, Legend tells of a river of nectar that flowed after blessing from Lord Shiva, and the ‘Temple City’, Madurai really does have a temple or shrine on practically every street but it is most famed for the Sri Meenakshi Sundeswarar Temple. Approximately 10,000 people visit it every day!

Madurai is located on Vaigai River and is filled with pilgrims, market stalls and tourist shops. Children will stop you on the streets to chat to you and shake your hand and even ask for your autograph!

TRIVANDRUM - is the capital of the gorgeous state of Kerala and lies on the west coast. Kerala is known as 'God's own country' and the locals refer to the food as 'God's own food in God's own country' - with such a reputation, this is definitely an experience you shouldn't miss!! The city is built on 7 hills by the shore near the southern tip of mainland India. It's very popular with local and international tourists because it has so much - beaches, temples, mountains, rivers, museums and zoos, wildlife sanctuaries, palaces waterfalls ... the list is endless.

KODAIKANAL/OOTY - For a bit of cool relief, take a trip to the hill station of Kodaikanal, just 4 hours away from Madurai. A different world - breathtaking mountains, a picturesque lake with a wide range of activities on offer from horse riding, rowing, cycling, trekking. A trip to Ooty with its tea plantations should not be missed – ride the toy train for spectacular views over the Palani hills.

PONDICHERRY & MAHABALIPURUM - In the French quarter you will find leafy boulevards and restaurants serving European cuisine. The famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram is also to be found here. Just 14kms away is the commune of Auroville; stay in a tree house on the beach for a magical experience. 2 hours north is the delightful fishing town of Mahabalipurum famed for its shore temple and rock carvings.

KERALA has been named ""Gods own Country" by the locals for its stunning scenery, wildlife, beautiful beaches, picture postcard towns and the breaktaking backwaters. It is also the home of Ayurveda medicine, an ancient system using essential oils and vigorous massage to aid medical complaints or just for pampering. Explore delightful Fort Cochin with its famous Chinese fishing nets, souvenir shops, art cafes and Jewish quarter; explore some of Kerala's backwaters - an intricate network of rivers and smaller tributaries around Kochi.

Kerala also has one of the best wildlife parks in the country; Periyar. Jungle trekking and jeep safari’s take you off the beaten track in the hope of spotting an elusive tiger although you are more likely to see elephants, boar, monkeys and many species of birds. You can also take an elephant ride, boat ride, visit spice and tea plantations, watch martial arts – it’s an action packed weekend and only 4 hours from Madurai!

GOA is famous for its expanse of beaches, from big touristy ones to smaller, quieter and more picturesque beaches towards the south of Goa, where travellers and long term European residents congregate. In these tiny beach resorts, the beaches are almost deserted and you can mix with locals and tourists whilst lazing in the sun.

MUMBAI is a huge modern city. Bollywood cinema originated in this huge city and has become a major part of life here. The famous Chowpatty beach is where you can often see young Bollywood stars relaxing at sunset. The rest of the city is just as chaotic as other parts of India, with overflowing markets, bazaars and lots and lots of people! From Mumbai you can visit Elephanta Island, home to ancient temples depicting holy scenes that have been cut away from the rock and also Ajanta Caves.

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Riding an elephant in India