Prince Harry hosts the first Coach Core graduation ceremony
Prince Harry, Patron of The Royal Foundation, and New York Knicks NBA player Carmelo Anthony presented the first graduates from our Coach Core programme with their certificates at a ceremony at St James’s Palace, on Wednesday 14th January.
The 33 graduating apprentices have successfully completed the Coach Core programme, our apprenticeship which trains young people who are struggling to find positive prospects to become professional sports coaches and mentors. The programme, which is funded by The Royal Foundation, runs in partnership with Glasgow Life in Scotland.
Prince Harry and Carmelo Anthony met with the graduating apprentices from Greenhouse Sports and Glasgow Life before joining the formal graduation ceremony at which Prince Harry spoke. Also in attendance was John Amaechi, one of the first English basketball players to play in the NBA in the US, and a leading advocate for the power of good sports coaching. John had already spent a morning with 40 Greenhouse Sports participants earlier that week, when he helped to deliver a basketball workshop at Bow school to launch our new partnership with BT Sports The Supporters’ Club.
Prince Harry then joined the graduates and their guests at a reception after the awards were presented.
Coach Core is a programme developed by The Royal Foundation, in response to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s shared aim to inspire young people through sport.
The Coach Core model – a year’s apprenticeship – aspires to produce well qualified sports coaches to work in the community. The apprentices learn technical sport skills alongside an inclusive and holistic approach to coaching, with an emphasis on employability and mentoring skills. The apprentices then become coaches who are able to motivate and inspire other young people through sport – Coach Core is intended to benefit not just the apprentices but also those young people who are subsequently then coached by the apprentices.