Coach with Chigoli & Change the game

We have a fantastic opportunity coming this summer to join Chigoli, one of Africa's most forward thinking soccer academies.

Chigoli is a non profit organisation based in Malawi, the heart of Africa offering talented children pathways out of poverty through football, character development and education.

  • Opportunity available from: August 2017
  • Initial length of placement: 6 months
  • Language: English

Chigoli is looking for a driven and passionate coach (preferably UEFA B or above) to lead and develop the coaching team at our Academy and Soccer School. Working with the founders and local head coach (CAF A licenced) the key aim is to develop Chigoli's coaching philosophy by blending European and African methods to meet our players' developmental needs. Part of the role is also leading Chigoli's coach education programme to help develop our community and feeder team coaches from a number of different locations across Malawi. The successful candidate would also play a part in scouting and player recruitment.

Chigoli believes in an expansive, free flowing, and creative football philosophy. The role is varied, fulfilling and highly enjoyable for the appropriate candidate.

Chigoli has recruited some of the very best young players in Malawi and works with them in a player centred, holistic environment. We are looking for a qualified coach to help take our coaching program to the next level. We aim to redefine youth development and pathways for players from one of the most ignored, under resourced, yet largest talent development opportunities in world football today - South East Africa. 

Joining a highly motivated and dynamic team, Chigoli prides itself on creating a positive, enthusiastic and enjoyable working environment, which has changed the lives of a fantastic group of gifted children.


Chigoli means 'Goal' and 'Vision' in Chichewa the main tribal dialect of Malawi. Following nearly a decade of working in football development in Malawi (one of the poorest countries in the world) George Maguire teamed up with Alex Scott to found Chigoli in 2014 with the mission of providing pathways out of poverty for gifted children (both boys and girls) who are born into an environment that often provides no opportunities for people to better themselves. We at Chigoli believe talent deserves its chance to shine.

Chigoli has identified some of the most promising young footballers in the country and works each week to develop them in a well-resourced, professional coaching environment alomgside supporting their education and personal development.
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Malawi is a beautiful country in Southern Africa, located around Lake Malawi (350km long) and provides great opportunities for travel including Safari and the world reknowned Victoria Falls in nearby Zambia.
Don't just take our word for it: Read what a volunteer who spent 6 months with us said about Chigoli

Compensation details:
Whilst Chigoli is not in a position to offer a salary directly, the successful candidate will receive their return flights to Malawi, accommodation (private room in shared house of good quality), visa costs and for the right candidate potentially an allowance to cover some living costs. There may also be opportunities to earn through coaching at international schools.

If interested in applying please send your CV and cover letter to