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Do you want to coach soccer in America this summer?

February 11th, 2017 11:00 AM

By Southern Star Team

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DO you fancy working as a soccer coach in the US for the summer? If so, then USIT can help you out.

Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports in the US, especially amongst young children, so there is a huge demand for soccer coaches to work in summer soccer camps for 2017.

USIT is hiring people with an interest in soccer, travel and working with kids to work as a soccer coach this summer around the United States.

There is an assessment day at CIT Sports Astro Pitches on Campus this Monday, February 13th, at 6pm.

In 2014, more than three million children were registered to play the game and with that there is a need to place hundreds of coaches to work in summer soccer camps.  Over the last decade the average attendance at Major league Soccer games has grown by over 40 per cent. Clubs such as Seattle Sounders and Orlando City can boast more than 30,000 in attendance at their home games. Over 25 million Americans watched the country's women's team win the World Cup in 2015 - that's more than watched the NBA final that year. The growth of soccer in the States has extended to the number of people playing the global game. Among children aged 12 to 17, soccer is second only to basketball for participation numbers.

USIT is giving anyone between the ages of 18-30, with a passion for soccer, the chance to go to the US and coach. On USIT’s Soccer USA programme you spend between 6-12 weeks in the summer working as a soccer coach for young kids in different cities around the US. Each week the coaches move to a different location, which gives them a great opportunity to visit several cities around the US and experience the American culture.

This year, Benjamin Colin from Youghal is heading off the USA to coach soccer for the summer. Benjamin attended an Assessment day a few weeks ago with USIT and is thrilled to be offered a soccer coaching contract to go to Seattle, USA. 

‘I can’t wait to see a country I've never seen before and experience a different culture, meet new people, travel and coach kids Soccer... and obviously get a tan!,’ he said.

To get hired as a soccer coach you need to pass a coaching assessment. You don’t need to be a brilliant player or a college student, just show you’ve got enthusiasm to do the job and will work well with kids. There are free assessment days coming up in Cork, Limerick, Galway, Dublin, Letterkenny. If you are successful, you will be offered the job on the day.

The programme fee is from €999 and that includes return flights (east coast), insurance, summer work visa, accommodation, meals, Garda vetting fee, coaching kit etc

To register for an assessment day visit www.usit.ie or email [email protected]

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