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Use your passion for sport and inspire the next generation

Be the positive role model the next Beckham, Bryant or Brady need to succeed.

Sport brings people together the way very few other things can do. Although technical skills can be learned and improved, sport helps develop key character skills, such as communication, confidence and working amongst a team.

It's so important for kids to understand these key areas at an early age, which will help them succeed not just in sport, but in life as well. Summer camp provides the perfect environment to teach sports coaching abroad.

Not only will you experience a summer of a lifetime, but you'll be a key part in other people's incredible summer.

Sport is the favourite part of the day for so many people. Your passion for sports coaching abroad will shine through and you'll become the campers go-to person for their favourite activity.

Campers will remember the incredible times and your impact will far outlast each session; you could be a pivotal moment in their young lives and what direction they ultimately take.

Work Type: Various
Food Provided: Yes
Age Requirement: 18+
Accommodation Provided: Yes
Destinations: Worldwide
Timeframe: During Summer Break

Frequently Asked Sports Coaching Questions

Where can I work as a sports coach?

Sport is a universally connecting activity, which brings people together all around the world.

The summer months tend to be an ideal time for sports coaches to be recruited, as summer camps all around the world are looking for key staff to guide children during their holidays.

Where you work can be very dependent on what you would like to do in your sports coaching role.

The likes of summer camp in America have a huge range of sports, from the home sports of basketball, baseball and more, through to the likes of soccer, golf and tennis.

Canada and China also need staff for a wide range of sports, with dozens and dozens of different activity roles available.

Do I need to have experience in coaching sport?

Sports coaching requires some form of background or experience within your chosen field.

This does not mean you have to have a high level of formal education, but it is important to pass on the correct, safe and focused knowledge of your chosen sport or activity.

You may have experience leading a children's netball team, or you could be a fully fledged Level 2 football coach. An involvement within your sport is vital to show that you can help lead a group of children to having a great time.

What types of sports coaching roles are there?

Sports coaching is not just limited to the major sports.

Although summer camps will always be on the look out for mainstream sports coaches, there are dozens and dozens of other sports which need passionate leaders.

Mainstream sports that are recruited for at most camps are:

  • Football (soccer)
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Tennis
  • Athletics

Other sports include:

  • Archery
  • Watersports
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Skateboarding
  • And much more
Are there outdoor activity roles available outside of sport?


There are a huge range of different roles at camp, with superstars needed for all types of outdoor education roles.

Whether you love the water and want to be a watersports instructor or lifeguard, or if you love camping and you wish to teach outdoor cooking, we would love to hear from you.

You can find more information about this on our Outdoor Jobs page here.

Why Should I Work as a Sports Coach Abroad?

Inspire the next generation

Staff at summer camp are leading role models for campers at such an influential stage in their lives. You'll be who they look up to for advice and guidance during their time at summer camp.

You will leave an lasting impression, which can have a huge impact on what they decide to do in life.

Further your coaching career

By working abroad as a sports coach, you are not only gaining experience in a new area (which looks great for your CV), but you'll also pick up new tips, tricks and techniques.

You'll be around new coaches, all of who have different experiences and education, which you can learn a lot from. Sports coaching abroad is the perfect next step.

Have your '9-5' in the sun

There will be no picking up cones and equipment in the pouring rain, you'll be soaking up the rays on gorgeous summer days.

You'll be out and about leading by example, getting involved with the sports outside, not just working on plans inside.

Coach in a new environment

Get out of your comfort zone and test yourself in a new, challenging environment by taking up sports coaching abroad. Sports coaches live for pushing themselves further, and this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

Whether you decide on America, China and Canada, you'll go home having grown as a sports coach.

Explore new sporting areas

Wherever you go in the world, sport has a massive impact on the local area. Huge sporting clubs dominate communities so there's loads of bucket list items to tick.

Whether it's the Yankees Stadium in New York, or catching an NBA game in LA, you'll have the opportunity to see some of the world's most famous arenas.

Make lifelong friends

Summer camp allows you to be around like-minded people, in an dream environment. You'll be working alongside strangers, who become colleagues, who become friends for life.

These people will form the basis of the most incredible summer of your life.

Sports Coaching Abroad Opportunities



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Come chat with us at your university job fair

From September onwards, Smaller Earth will be touring universities up and down the country, chatting to students about potential opportunities for next summer.

If you can't make it, why not speak to us today about setting up your summer of a lifetime by sports coaching abroad? Whether you have a million questions, or simply want advice on how to sign up, get in touch with us today to discuss your next student job!

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