Prince Harry celebrates the nationwide expansion of the Coach Core programme
Posted: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:38
Sport Birmingham staff were present at Lords Cricket Ground on Friday 7th October joining Prince Harry, apprentices, coaches and partners to celebrate the expansion of the Coach Core sports coaching apprenticeship programme.
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. This together with a number of other reasons is why Sport Birmingham are leading a consortium of local sports organisations to bring the programme to Birmingham in 2016/17.
After successful pilots launched in London, Glasgow and Wales the programme has rapidly expanded and the Birmingham consortium are excited to be involved in a programme that to date has seen 98% of its graduates in full time employment or further education.
The celebration at Lords saw apprentices from across the country showcasing their talent for coaching, impressing employers and partners with their energy and enthusiasm throughout the morning.
Coach Core graduate Terrell Jordan said: "Coach Core has shown me that through sports you can teach invaluable life skills. These Skills enable young people to become successful and importantly independent."
In Birmingham the aim is to engage with local schools, organisations and community groups to recruit young people who are not currently in education, employment or training but have an interest and passion for sport. The new apprentices will then be employed by the consortium and deployed within coaching sessions across the city whilst going through their training throughout the course of the year.
We hope to work closely with the professional sports clubs across the city as well as those voluntary led organisations, so not only do the apprentices gain experience within a variety of environments but also provide resource and capacity with the community to offer high quality sport and physical activity provision where it is most needed.
If you think you or your organisation would like to be involved or simply want to find out more please contact our Coach and Volunteer Manager, Adam Warden.