A popular degree topic at University courses across the UK is sport related studies, whether that’s as a PGCE student and becoming a P.E teacher or a sports science student digging into the wonderful world of biomechanics and physiology. As with many academic fields, study will only get you so far. You need real world experience in a sporting setting to really stand out from the crowd when applying for positions in schools, colleges or even in as part of a professional sports team set up.
Taking a sporting gap year would be a fabulous addition to your C.V. A Gap year in a sports related discipline is not hard to find either, here are some options for the sporting student to consider.
- Become a Ski Instructor
Working outdoors in the fresh mountain air sounds like bliss, throw in the prospect of giving children the chance to conquer this exhilarating skill of skiing or snowboarding and what an opportunity for you to further yourself. Mountain regions that offer this kind of gap year range from Whistler and Jasper in Canada to Morzine in France.
- Get a PADI Qualification
It’s possible to not only get a PADI qualification but some gap year providers offer you the chance to do 60 dives to qualify as a Dive Master. You can also develop your diving skills by taking several courses i.e. PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Aid Response, Rescue Diver. Look up Thailand and Malaysia as the best and possibly cheapest options. Several programs allow you to partake in conservation work too, once you’re a competent enough diver.
- Coaching Kids
Spanning a month or even 3 months, basing yourself in a school overseas can be a wonderful experience and will hone your coaching skills far quicker than being stuck in Uni trying to learn from a textbook. From India to New Zealand and throughout Africa, not only will you immerse yourself in new local culture but C.V wise you’ll be putting yourself ahead of the rest.
- Physiotherapy Placements
Not technically a sport but studying and eventually working in the field of physiotherapy requires hand-on experience, knowing your way around a skeletal system is a necessity. Care systems in 3rd world countries are so poorly funded that they rely on volunteers to make a difference. This could be your opportunity to really make a difference.