Prince Harry joins apprentices to celebrate nationwide expansion of Coach Core


Prince Harry joined apprentices, coaches and supporters at Lord’s Cricket Club to mark the expansion of the Coach Core sports coaching apprenticeship programme, which is expanding to 10 cities partners across the UK by Spring 2017.

​Prince Harry met apprentices and coaches at the event at Lord’s trying out some of their coaching exercises along the way.​ After successful pilots launched in London in 2012 and Glasgow in 2014, Coach Core has now expanded to work with 42 partners, with plans to reach 100 by Spring 2017.

In his speech at the event, Prince Harry said

Since 2012 Coach Core has seen almost 100 apprentices trained in our pilot sites with 98% moving on into employment and/or education.
The goal is, and always will be, to provide places of employment on the apprenticeship scheme, giving each individual the best chance once they graduate from Coach Core.

We want to be clear that Coach Core is not about elite sport – it is as much about the 14 year olds who turn up at their local sports club to train every week as it is about finding the next Olympian or Paralympian – it is about extending the benefits and impact of sport to children and young people across the country.

Since 2012 Coach Core has seen almost 100 apprentices trained in our pilot sites with 98% moving on into employment and/or education.
The goal is, and always will be, to provide places of employment on the apprenticeship scheme, giving each individual the best chance once they graduate from Coach Core.

We want to be clear that Coach Core is not about elite sport – it is as much about the 14 year olds who turn up at their local sports club to train every week as it is about finding the next Olympian or Paralympian – it is about extending the benefits and impact of sport to children and young people across the country.

With apprentices from Nottingham, London, Glasgow, Wales and Essex the event was a real celebration of Coach Core’s values of inclusion and excellence in sports coaching.  As well as HRH, the apprentices were joined by Mark Hunter (Gold medallist in Beijing and Silver at London Olympics), Max Whitlock (Double gold medallist at Rio), Graeme Swann (England Cricketer) and Eboni Beckford-Chambers (England Netball player)