To provide children who have been affected by the loss of a parent through conflict, Buckingham Palace opened its doors to families from around the UK.
With any number of games, activities and even Jess Glynne on stage, the children were given inspiration and enjoyment on a very sunny Saturday in the grounds of one of the worlds most famous buildings.

As our principals helped co-ordinate this very special day, we were honoured to be asked to attend and assist with the running of the sports and games. Our Coach Core WRU, Manchester and Essex teams did not disappoint and were a real asset to the success of the day.

“One mum told me their loss was very recent and that I was the first person to make their son smile. I’m not sure I’ll ever get a compliment like that again” said Manchester volleyball apprentice Adrian.

We were joined by England netball international and Coach Core ambassador, Eboni Beckford-Chambers who said “It’s been such an amazing day. I’ve loved every minute of the event but getting to spend time with these incredible apprentices was a real highlight and they were a true credit to the programme”

All teams received a thank you note from the Royal Household for their efforts but pleasingly for Coach Core Project Manager, Gary Laybourne, it was the apprentices focus on the day that was his highlight;

“If I am a young person, surrounded by celebrities and royalty and I was asked to stay focussed purely on making the kids smile and nothing else, I am not sure I would have that discipline back then! Our apprentices were incredible and acted like professional sports coaches on the day so I couldn’t ask more and could not be prouder of them”.