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Duke & Duchess of Sussex attend Coach Core Awards

Updated: Sep 7, 2019

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex attended the Coach Core Awards held at Loughborough University on 24 September, 2018 in Loughborough, England.

What is Coach Core?

Coach Core is an apprenticeship programme that helps young people (16-24 years old) who are not in education, employment or training to build a career.

Motivated by the success & impact of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Their Royal Highnesses understood the power & impact sport can have on people – especially young people. With this in mind they sought to develop a new programme using sport to help improve life chances.

Each site where Coach Core operates targets those most in need. While some areas may have pockets of affluence, they also have some of the highest levels of youth unemployment & social deprivation.

By bringing together professional clubs, key sporting organisations & multiple businesses that provide employment places & create opportunities, Coach Core is producing well-rounded sports professionals & role models for children in their communities.


  • Since the programme launched in 2012, Coach Core have recruited 313 apprentices

  • Enabled 99% of graduates to enter full-time education or secure employment

  • Supported 94% who started the programme to complete their apprenticeship & engaged with over 80 employers across 40 different sports

  • In 2017, Coach Core apprentices led or assisted over 25,000 coaching sessions with over 320,000 coaching interactions taking place.


Coach Core is currently active in ten locations across the UK & over the next two years we have expansion plans, to introduce programmes to 20 new sites. This will include new programmes across the whole of the UK – as well as further sites in Wales & Scotland.

Coach Core offers a real chance for young people to move into employment or training & in turn will inspire thousands of others to take part in sport – extending the positive reach of the programme.

Prince Harry


More about the Royal Foundation

Driven by a desire to make a difference together, The Royal Foundation is the primary philanthropic & charitable vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge & The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The Foundation programmes currently revolve around four main themes of work; mental health, wildlife & conservation, young people & the armed forces community.

It focuses on projects that meet some simple criteria – they must reflect the interests & passions of the Foundations Principals; they bring about sustainable change to issues that matter to society; they are innovative; & they work in a way that only The Royal Foundation can make happen.

The Royal Foundation will support these projects by using their Principals’ convening power to provide a neutral platform where charities & other organisations can work together.

They are also very clear to set out a timeline for the life of the programme. If a new potential project meets the set criteria they research & explore the most effective solutions, scaling when appropriate & ultimately handing the reins over to one of their partners or developing it in a way that makes it self-sustainable. The Invictus Games is one such programme, developed by The Royal Foundation, now successfully growing & running independently.

The Royal Foundation was legally established by The Princes in September 2009 & became fully operational in 2011, when The Duchess of Cambridge joined as a Principal Patron. The Duchess of Sussex become the fourth Principal Patron following her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.


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