Prince Harry, Patron, attended an event at Lord’s Cricket Club to mark the expansion of the Coach Core sports coaching apprenticeship programme. The Prince met apprentices, coaches and some of the partners and supporters who are taking the successful programme to 100 partners across the UK by Spring 2017.
The Coach Core apprenticeship scheme was designed by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to take young people aged 16 – 24 with limited opportunities, and train them to be sports coaches and positive role models and mentors in their communities. The apprentices learn technical sport skills alongside an inclusive and holistic approach to coaching, with an emphasis on employability and mentoring skills. Coach Core is proud to have transformed the lives of its apprentices with 98% of its graduates now being in full-time employment or education, and 80% retain strong ties with their employers and continue to engage in community sport.
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. Coach Core is working closely with Non-Governmental Bodies, established sports clubs and charities to deliver the apprenticeships. This new network based focus means apprentices on the programme get an enhanced learning experience and access to a wide range of qualifications and work experience across a varied selection of sports. It also provides excellent high-profile opportunities for potential future employment.
Current partners include the Marylebone Cricket Club, Welsh Rugby Union, Glasgow Sport, West Ham United, Nottingham Forest, Essex Cricket Club. The Manchester programme will also commence in Autumn 2016, working with Manchester City FC ‘City in the Community’, Manchester United FC Foundation, Lancashire Cricket Club Foundation, Sale Sharks in the Community, Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, Sports Group, Volleyball England, Eastlands Trust, England Basketball and Manchester Metropolitan University.