Below is the list of project sites, the employers we work with in each respective location, when the current programme began and 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 12 month programme soon, please contact us at:


Started April 2017- next recruitment phase January 2018
In January 2016, the Team Notts programme was launched and is now in its second year with all the original employer group returning to build on the success of 2016!  Our amazing employers are: Notts County football in the community & Nottingham Forest in the community, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Trent Bridge Trust, Nottingham Rugby and The National Ice Arena.

Each of the partners are situated within the city of Nottingham and the apprentices have had the opportunity to engage with each of the delivery partners sporting events creating a really well rounded programme including NVQ training as well as workplace training in a professional sports coaching and sports development environment.  The graduates from the first year have gone into really exciting roles and further education since January 2017 and we will be tracking their progress!


Started March 2017- next recruitment phase December 2017
Launched in March 2017, our apprentices are working across the city gaining a number of recognisable qualifications but also invaluable experiences through this unique and exciting 12 month programme.  Our employer list is a very exciting group of organisations committed to driving change for the young people involved and the communities in which they will be based.

This is driven and managed by the community sports partnership network, Sport Birmingham and the employers they work with are: Aston Villa FC in the Community, Birchfield Harriers AC, Birmingham Community Leisure TrustBirmingham Rowing Club, City of Birmingham Basketball, Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club, England Netball, Moseley Rugby Club, Sport Birmingham, Volleyball England and Warwickshire CCC. As ever, our apprentices, although employed by one of these amazing organisations, they get the opportunity to undertake experiences, training and/or work with all of them!


Started January 2017- next recruitment phase October 2017
Team Manchester is an incredibly exciting programme that brings together a number of recognisable and respected sports clubs and organisations in the North West all of whom have a shared vision for providing sports coach apprenticeships for young people and engaging with their communities in the best possible way.

With a number of sports on offer and the fact that there will be some unique and exciting opportunities across the 12 months, this programme represents a real chance for young people to gain valuable qualifications and work placement as they start their career in the sports industry. Team Manchester is made up of Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, Eastlands Trust, LCCC Foundation, Manchester City Foundation, Manchester Metroplitan University, Manchester United Foundation, Sharks Community Trust, Sports Group and Volleyball England.


Started October 2016- next recruitment phase July 2017
Team Essex represents Coach Core’s first truly county wide project with employers from all corners of Essex working collaboratively over the next 12 months with the CSP, Active Essex, driving the programme centrally. They will provide places of employment, combined opportunities for training and development and link together on events to ensure both the apprentices and the businesses benefit fully.

This project will also see a real focus on disability and adapted coaching practice and we are excited about the work the team will do in their respective communities. The Team Essex employers are: West Ham United FC Foundation, Colchester United FC Foundation, Essex County Cricket Club, Volleyball England, Brentwood Leisure Trust, Hadleigh Park, Sport for Confidence, South Essex Gymnastics Club and Fusion Leisure.
Their ambassadors are Olympic gold medallist, Max Whitlock and his high level GB gymnastics coach, Scott Hann.


Started September 2016- next recruitment phase June 2017
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 are split between the two south east Wales regions, the Blues and the Dragons, and are mentored by a range of WRU development staff, including the Apprentice Manager, Regional Managers, Regional Rugby Coordinators and the programme’s link 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 Millennium 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 sought and undertaken voluntary work – in some cases up to 40 hours.

The programme is designed along with our learning provider (Neath Port Talbot College) for the RDA’s (rugby development apprentices) to spend the majority of their hours out delivering and gaining the confidence and experience to make an impact in their local communities.


Started August 2016 – next recruitment phase May 2017
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 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 with the remaining hours undertaking the education side of things and attending further courses and mentoring one to ones.  This individual support for the apprentices is key, and a one to one mentoring system was implemented involving 17 Glasgow Sport staff and club volunteers, all who had 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 approaching its fourth year, Coach Core Glasgow is driving real change not just in the city and the young people it has greatly affected over the years but also across Scotland as it works towards ensuring the Coach Core education can be accessed by others in the country.


Started August 2016 – next recruitment phase May 2017
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 as well as basketball training with the young apprentices under the spotlight of the media.  All apprentices then entered an intensive apprenticeship, learning key skills in their sport as a coach, as well as vocational and mentoring qualifications whole being employed by the incredible ‘sport for change’ charity Greenhouse. From the learning we enjoyed and the 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 as we relaunched in London and in 2016, the Coach Core London delivery consortium was broadened to include Fulham Football Foundation, West Ham Football Foundation, London Rugby League, London Youth Rowing and the MCC.  With a wide range of sports, training and opportunities across all of the organisations involved, it has meant that the programme has gone from strength to strength directly benefitting the apprentices at the heart of it all and enhancing the coaching offer they are able to give to their participants.