Our Locations

Having started as a single apprentice scheme, Coach Core continues to grow city by city. The 7 cities that were launched in the first phase of the project have now been joined by 3 new locations: Bristol, Devon and Middlesbrough. Our plan is to grow this in 2018, so that even more communities have access to innovative coaching and mentoring, impacting more lives.

The graphic above shows the list of project sites, the employers we work within each respective location, the history of projects in that location along with when the next recruitment phase will be. If you would like more information, or to register your interest for any locations that will be launching a new 14-18-month programme soon, please contact us at: info@wearecoachcore.com. Please make sure you state which programme you are interested in when contacting us.


Our Birmingham Year 1 apprentices have recently graduated, having worked across the city gaining a number of recognisable qualifications and experiences. Our employer list was a very exciting group of organisations, committed to driving change for the young people involved and the communities in which they were based.

Our Birmingham programme is driven and managed by the Community Sports Partnership, Sport Birmingham and the following employers: Aston Villa FoundationBillesley Tennis CentreBirmingham Moseley RFC, B-Row: Youth Rowing & Canoeing, City of Birmingham Rockets Basketball Club, Edgbaston Priory, Holford Drive, InUnityKings Heath Boys SchoolMoseley Road Baths CIO, Sport Birmingham, and Street League. As ever, our apprentices, although employed by one of these amazing organisations, were given the opportunity to undertake experiences, training and/or work with all of them!


Next recruitment phase- November 2018
Coach Core Bristol launched for the very first time in December 2017 and incorporated a notable range of youth, community and sporting partners. Wesport, the Community Sports Partnership, took on the project administration, supported by the following key partners: Young Bristol, Shine Coaching, University of the West of England, Bristol City Council, Creative Youth Movement, Youth Moves and Empire Fighting Chance. The programme made a strong start, with apprentices engaging in a host of exciting opportunities, including NBA Coaching Clinics and inclusive sports events. Apprentices have also been given the opportunity to access live netball matches, thanks to support from Coach Core ambassador, Eboni Beckford- Chambers.

Our next recruitment cycle for Bristol will begin around November 2018, so to register your interest in this programme, please email us: info@wearecoachcore.com.


Next recruitment phase- November 2018
Coach Core Devon became our eighth programme when it launched in November 2017. As with Bristol and Middlesbrough, the employer consortium featured a diverse range of well-respected partners, committed to the development and progression of young people. The employer partners for 2017-2018 were: Exeter City FC, Plymouth Argyle FC, Hamoaze House, Devon FA, Torquay United FC, Sportsway Management, Ivybridge Tennis Centre, South West Athletics and Plymouth Raiders.

Coach Core Devon apprentices have enjoyed a busy start to the programme so far, engaging in a number interactive coaching workshops led by experts including GB Paralympic athlete Dave Hill, former NBA players Henry Utku and Neal Meyer and respected tennis coach Judy Murray.

Our next recruitment cycle for Devon will begin around November 2018. To register your interest, please email info@wearecoachcore.com, making reference to the Devon programme.


We are currently recruiting for Coach Core Essex! If you’re interested in joining the team, click here to go to the application page.

Team Essex represents Coach Core’s first truly county wide project with employers from all corners of Essex working collaboratively. Active Essex, the County Sports Partnership, drive the programme centrally, providing places of employment, combined opportunities for training and links to events, to ensure both the apprentices and the businesses benefit fully. This project sees a real focus on disability and adapted coaching practice and sees incredible work undertaken by the team in their respective communities.

The latest Team Essex employers are: Brentwood Leisure TrustColchester United Community TrustSouth Essex Gymnastics ClubYellow Door Canvey Youth ProjectMotivated MindsProsports Solutions, West Ham Community TrustBrentwood Ski CentreEssex County CricketSport for ConfidenceAchievement through FootballShe Can Play / PlayFootball, and Active Essex.

This programme is made possible through our partnership with BT Sport’s Supporters Club. The Coach Core Essex ambassadors are Olympic gold medallist, Max Whitlock and his high-level GB gymnastics coach, Scott Hann, who help to inspire participation.


Next recruitment phase- September/October 2018
Building on the learning of our London pilot project, Glasgow Sport launched their first Coach Core partnership in 2013, aiming to bring high quality coaching to some of Glasgow’s most challenging communities, whilst also improving the lives of 20 young people directly through the apprenticeship programme. In partnership with the Hunter Foundation, Glasgow Sport are supporting young people directly, with a 30 hour week contract. The majority of their hours are spent training as coaches “on the job” within community sports clubs, schools and community settings. The remaining hours are spent undertaking the education programme, attending further courses and mentoring one to ones. This individual support for the apprentices is key, and a one to one mentoring system has been implemented involving 17 Glasgow Sport staff and club volunteers, all of whom have knowledge of the programme and experience of working with young people.

The apprentices also receive classroom training in coaching and employment skills. The apprentices deliver, on average, 1500 hours of sports coaching per month in their local community, with support going to over 20 voluntary sports clubs. Now into its fourth year, Coach Core Glasgow is driving real change not just in the city through the young people, but also across Scotland, as it works towards ensuring the Coach Core education can be accessed by others in the country.

We will be opening applications for the next stage of the Glasgow scheme around August 2018, so to register your interest for the programme, please contact us at: info@wearecoachcore.com.


Coach Core London was launched by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in July 2012 and set about providing young people with comprehensive and high-quality training in community sports coaching that aligned with the ethos of the Olympic Legacy.

For the launch, The Duke attended a meeting of the Coach Core Advisory Board, who is responsible for the strategic direction of the programme, before participating in a coaching skills development session. He also joined in a basketball training event with the young apprentices, under the spotlight of the media. All apprentices then began an intensive apprenticeship, learning key skills in their sport, as well as vocational and mentoring qualifications while being employed by the incredible ‘sport for change’ charity Greenhouse. From our learning and successes of the graduates in this first year, we set about building on this and ensuring models and processes were put in place to expand the project in other locations.

The Greenhouse Charity continued with us on this journey and since then, we have adopted our now familiar employer consortium framework to now include Fulham FC Foundation, London Youth Rowing, Street League, West Ham FC FoundationGreenhouse Sports, MCC LordsSport for Confidence, and LTA. With a wide range of sports, training and opportunities across all of the organisations involved, the programme has gone from strength to strength, directly benefitting the apprentices and enhancing the coaching offer they are able to give to their participants.


Next recruitment phase- April 2019
Team Manchester is an incredibly exciting programme that brings together a number of recognisable sports clubs and organisations in the North West. All of our organisations have a shared vision for providing high quality sports coach apprenticeships for young people and engaging with their communities in the most inspiring, innovative ways.

With a number of sports on offer, this programme represents a real chance for young people to gain valuable qualifications and experience as they start their career in the sports industry. This is even more apparent now, with Manchester the first of our teams to move to the Community Activator Coach apprenticeship standard. This new education programme will equip young people with the skills and knowledge to deliver engaging sport and physical activity interventions, whilst inspiring long-term behaviour change amongst the most inactive members of the community.

2018 sees a number of new employers join the team, with the following organisations now involved: Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, LCCC Foundation, Manchester City Foundation, Sharks Community Trust, Link4Life, Life Leisure, Sports Group, Street League, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and Rochdale Hornets.

Team Manchester also implemented changes to the recruitment process this year, with Street League running a ‘Pre- Coach Core’ leadership programme for all successful apprentices. This course allowed the young people to learn new coaching ideas, whilst also getting a better understanding of the workplace environment. This promises to be a very exciting year so watch this space for more info!


Next recruitment phase- November 2018
Middlesbrough became our tenth Coach Core programme when it launched in December 2017, featuring an exciting mix of sport and leisure providers. Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, as the Project Administrators, were joined by the following employer partners: Tees Active, Simon Carson Sports School, Street League, Rose Wood Academy, Redcar and Cleveland Council, Mowden Park RFC and Hemlington Linx Youth Project. Apprentices on the programme have benefitted from a range of unique experiences so far, including coaching workshops from MFC Academy staff and open forum events with NBA star Marcus Smart.

Coach Core Middlesbrough apprentices have delivered huge benefit to their community already, with over 2000 coaching sessions delivered in the first four months alone.

Our next recruitment cycle for Middlesbrough will begin around November 2018. To register your interest, please email info@wearecoachcore.com, making reference to the Middlesbrough programme.


Next recruitment phase- August 2018
In January 2016, the Team Notts programme was launched and recently completed its second year, with all original employers returning to build on the initial success of 2016! Our employers for 2018/2019 are: Greenwood Academy TrustNottinghamshire County Cricket Club – Trent Bridge TrustBaby PeopleNottinghamshire Clubs for Young People, EvolveEpic Charity, and Notts Rugby RFC.

Our apprentices had some amazing opportunities to support events from each delivery partner, creating a really well rounded programme. The apprentices also gained NVQ and workplace training, in professional sports coaching and sports development environments, providing them with valuable skills for future employment. As a result, the majority of our young people have gained paid employment with their original employer, with several others achieving interviews with valued sports providers.

With new and exciting changes to the apprenticeship programme this year, we are currently in the process of adding new employer partners to our Nottingham consortium. This will ensure we continue to provide unique and innovative opportunities to our apprentices and will also allow us to extend the reach and impact of the programme on the local community. We will then be starting our next recruitment cycle for Nottingham in July 2018, so please contact us to register your interest: info@wearecoachcore.com.


Team South Wales is currently recruiting! If you want to join the WRU apprenticeship and become part of the Coach Core network, click here to visit the application page.

In partnership with The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Hunter Foundation, the Welsh Rugby Union are developing 12 young apprentices as part of the Welsh Rugby Union Rugby Department workforce. The apprentices work within the community teams of the Cardiff Blues, Gwent Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets and are also mentored by a range of WRU development staff, including the Apprentice Manager, Regional Managers, Regional Rugby Coordinators and the programme’s apprenticeship officer. The young people are also gaining knowledge and hands on experience with the school club hub officers based in secondary schools and further education establishments within their assigned regions.

Studying for their qualification (Level 3 Certificate & Diploma in Sports Development) they also benefit from the time given to them by the WRU Group staff, including those based at the Principality Stadium. This helps them complete the required units of study and get a good understanding of what it takes to become an employee of the governing body of the national sport of Wales. The apprentices are contracted for 30 hours a week, and already qualified to deliver rugby development sessions. They have been involved with boys and girls’ elite squads, primary and secondary schools, clubs and colleges, to help increase habitual participation in sport, and rugby specifically. They have also attended a number of professional/national events to help promote the WRU and Coach Core programme with great success.