Football in Mauritius
Football has a higher profile in terms of participation and following at national and international level compared with any other sport in Mauritius. Like many other African countries, Mauritius has a keen interest in the English Premiership Football and where ever you go on the island you will see locals sporting their favourite team’s kit. Historically, Mauritius had a very strong national club and league structure with a huge following and the national cup competition drawing large crowds. However, following a dramatic game in the late 1990’s where the result caused national debate, subsequently a decision was made to ban football at local league level for 18 months. The sad outcome was the infrastructure and fan base declined and local clubs never recovered. Mauritius still plays a very high standard of football at school and inter college tournaments, but there was no opportunity to develop the youth further in both girls and boys football. However, in 2019 Liverpool Football Club agreed to open the first Football Academy in Mauritius. The future looks bright again and now there are excellent football camps and tournaments taking place throughout the year with a big emphasis on football coaches to support these sports development initiatives.
Your Football Coaching Placement
In tandem with school football coaches and youth development officers you will be part of a team of coaches delivering core football skills to different age groups during school physical education lessons as well as after school football camps. On regular basis schools will have matches against other schools from around the island and this will provide opportunity for you to see football being delivered at other schools. Depending on your experience and coaching qualifications your football coaching placement may provide the opportunity to support coaches for the national junior teams to assist in football training sessions. Our organisation is committed to providing a continuum of football development from grass roots to high performance.
Your Football Coaching Role
On average you will spend 4 – 5 hours per day coaching children ranging from the ages of 11 through to 17 years. Their overall standard will be competent but your role will be to raise the skill level through structured drills working on passing, shooting, positioning, movement, awareness and most importantly technique. You will have the support of the local football coaches to help you deliver the sessions , at the same time you will be given autonomy to lead the sessions independently.
A key requirement will be to identify talented individuals and provide focused coaching for them to ensure that they can reach their full potential. The hope is that these children are set on a pathway to the new football academy.
During school holidays a series of football camps are run daily during the week and your role will be to help organise these and become part of the football coaching team. During the football camps there is organised inter-college tournaments where you will be able to see the impact of your football coaching placement.
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).
Football Gap Year and Career Break Football 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 football coaching and playing project in Mauritius, developing football skills for young people that could have a positive impact on their lives.