Thursday, 12 May 2016

Sports Management Internship at Grootbos Foundation 2016

It is the foundation’s mission to conserve the unique Cape Floral Kingdom, the region we call home; and to develop sustainable livelihoods through ecotourism, enterprise development, sports development and education.

The Grootbos Foundation creates sustainable project models which are replicable and scalable in order to assist the communities that surround us, and those in other regions. Many of our projects generate their own income and/or are partially self-sustaining, of which we are very proud!

The Foundation’s implementation strategies are based on three integrated ‘umbrella’ programmes: 'Green Futures’ which focuses on conservation, ‘Football Foundation’ which focuses on utilising sport for development, and ‘Siyakhula’ which focuses on the creation of sustainable livelihoods through enterprise development.

The organisation’s overarching objectives include:
  • Conserving, rehabilitating and protecting the natural environment of the Western Cape region, particularly the flora and fauna on Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and the Walker Bay region;
  • The provision of education relating to indigenous horticulture, agriculture, conservation, ecotourism, greening and life skills education;
  • Training and skills development for disadvantaged persons with the purpose of enabling them to obtain employment or become self-employed;
  • Using sports and sports facilities as a tool for social integration, promoting healthy lifestyles for youth, and increasing environmental awareness and life skills among communities;
  • Research, including ecological, educational, social and scientific research on topics related to our core programmes;
  • Developing sustainable and innovative solutions to tackle the issue of food insecurity.
Working for the Grootbos Foundation means immersing yourself in the development field and positively contributing to the lives of South African children and community members.
The Grootbos Foundation has three subsidiary groups: Football Foundation, Green Futures and Siyakhula. The coach and sport management intern will mainly work with Football Foundation.
  • Oversee the development of coaches and the delivery of social messages;
  • Mentor and motivate our sport coaches and volunteers, providing support and feedback;
  • Support and create a link between our sport and educational programmes;
  • Implement new sports training for our programmes (soccer, field hockey, athletics, netball, kick boxing);
  • Assist in planning events and scheduling games;
  • Identify training opportunities or courses for coaches;
  • Pursue partnerships with local and global sports for development organisations or sport bodies;
  • Project manager or facilitate projects such as Female Empowerment or Integration;
  • Liaise with the local community as well as local and regional schools and clubs;
  • Evaluate the performance of programme participants, assess their strengths and weaknesses and identify areas for further development; and
  • Work alongside the coaches and ensure daily registers are recorded and monitored.
  • Bachelor Degree in Sports Management, Physical Education, Coaching or related field;
  • Minimum of two years of sports coaching;
  • Experience in soccer, field hockey, athletics or netball;
  • Native-level English speaker, with outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Proficient in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, Pinterest, Google+;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel);
  • Ability to work both independently and with a team;
  • Proactive with interpersonal skills;
  • Driver’s licence with experience and willing to drive in South Africa;
  • Attention to detail and ability to work on multiple projects at a given time;
  • Experience with managing community coaches;
  • Experience managing and organising while working with a large group;
  • Working/volunteering/studying overseas, preferably in a developing country;
  • Nonprofit experience;
  • Knowledge and understanding of how sport as a tool can address social and educational issues;
  • Knowledge of current issues and developments in the sports and training field, including an interest of government policy and initiatives.
To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to or

Opportunity closing date: Thursday, 14 July, 2016. No late applications will be accepted.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

For more about the Grootbos Foundation, refer to

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