Published 18 October 2017

Believing in the potential of Sport to transform lives – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry founded the apprenticeship scheme to help young people become sports coaches. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the Coach Core Graduation Ceremony

Coach Core takes young people aged 16-24, who are not in education or employment, and trains them to be sports coaches and positive role models and mentors in their communities.

On arrival to event, which took place at the Olympic Stadium, Their Royal Highnesses met some of those key supporters on the Coach Core, who have helped deliver the programme.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined the apprentices in the indoor track, where they receiving a coacing masterclass from some top coaches - including Judy Murray and gymnastics star Max Whitlock.

Coach Core is making high quality coaching accessible and affordable to all, creating future coaches for local clubs, companies and communities.

Today is a celebration of five years of Coach Core and to mark the day it was announced that the programme will expand from seven areas to ten, and will now include Middlesbrough, Bristol and Devon.

Their Royal Highnesses then took their seats at the graduation ceremony, which today involved 150 graduates. 98% of Coach Core graduates will go into full-time employment or education & continue to engage in community sport.

Prince Harry gave a speech on the impact of Coach Core. Read it in full here

William, Catherine and I, and everyone involved in the Coach Core Programme are incredibly proud of you.

Their Royal Highnesses then congratulated all the Coach Core graduates from London, Glasgow, Essex and Wales - well done everyone!

Find out more about The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and Coach Core.