Coach Core train with NBA’s Rudy Gay and Neal Meyer
As part of the continuing partnership between The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the NBA, sixteen Coach Core apprentices took part in an NBA basketball clinic held at Pimlico Academy last month. The clinic was led by Sacramento Kings forward and 2014 FIBA World Cup gold medallist Rudy Gay and former NBA coach Neal Meyer, and attended by 40 Pimlico students.
Coach Core was launched by Greenhouse Sports in partnership with The Royal Foundation in 2012 and is a year long apprenticeship in sports coaching for 16-24 year olds, who are not in education, employment or training. The programme aims to engage the participants through high-quality training, to make them employable and to create inspirational sports coaches who will provide sports opportunities and become role models for young people in their own communities.
Some 33 apprentices in both London and Glasgow programmes graduated from the first year at a ceremony at St James’ Palace, attended by Prince Harry and New York Knicks star, Carmelo Anthony.
The NBA Basketball Clinic provided a unique opportunity for the apprentices to hear about coaching practice, from inspirational figures from the NBA and to receive one-on-one training in coaching skills.
Jago Streete-Campbell, a Coach Core apprentice from London said: “Today was great – we got to meet and train with Rudy Gay who is a basketball legend, working with the NBA was unreal and another great part of the Coach Core programme, it’s awesome watching the kids get involved and improving when you spend time coaching them. Learning different ideas and coaching methods from Neal with the NBA basketball clinic was amazing and really helped with the coaching sessions”
Gay added: “I am very happy that I could participate in the Royal Foundation Coach Core program today. This is an amazing initiative and it was great to provide the participants with an NBA Basketball Clinic that will help them to become inspirational sports coaches in the future.”