Birmingham’s next generation of coaches inspired by Royalty
Posted: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:58
Young sports coaches from across Birmingham were delighted to meet with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the Coach Core 5 year anniversary and graduation event.
Apprentices from some of Birmingham's leading sports organisations joined in with national celebrations as part of the inaugural event, meeting world class coaches and athletes at West Ham United's new home the London Stadium.
Coach Core is a project aimed at inspiring young people to build a career in sports coaching, giving them the qualifications, skills and expertise to be successful and more employable. The aim is to improve the availability and quality of sports coaching, whilst creating much needed employment for young people.
15 apprentices from Birmingham were among the 150 Coach Core apprentices celebrating the success of the project as plans were welcomed for expansion into other cities.
The day began with an introduction from Coach Core ambassador and Olympic Gold medallist, Mark Hunter (Rowing), who welcomed the young apprentices and spoke about his journey to Olympic success. This was followed by an interactive Q & A session with stars from the world of sport including Judy Murray, Will Greenwood, Max Whitlock and his coach Scott Hann. The panel talked passionately about their journey within sport, highlighting the important role coaches had had throughout their careers from aspiring athletes to world beating stars. After the break the apprentices were treated to a coaching masterclass in Rugby, Tennis, Football and Gymnastics each delivered by the star studded panel, they were joined by West Ham players Mark Noble, Chicarito Hernandez and manager Slaven Bilic as well as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Whilst unsurprising that the cameras turned to the Royal visitors, the day was really about the achievements of the current and graduating apprentices of Essex, London, Wales and Glasgow Coach Core with the Birmingham apprentices getting a taste of taste of how it will feel in 6 months' time when they complete the programme.
Elliott Rainbird, Sport Birmingham SportsCoach Apprentice said
'I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Prince Harry and Prince William. I also got to have a kick-about with famous football players'
'Now I feel more motivated than ever to get the most out of my apprenticeship and become a professional coach'
In Birmingham the programme is made up of 10 employers from across the city including; Aston Villa Foundation, Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club, B-Row: Youth Rowing, Billesley Tennis Centre, City of Birmingham Basketball Club, Edgbaston Priory, England Netball, Sport Birmingham and Warwickshire County Cricket Cub. All are committed to supporting young people and creating opportunities for employment and development. In 2018 the consortium will aim to make the programme bigger and better, if you think you could be one of Birmingham's next Coach Core apprentices get in touch.
How to apply for next year
Applications for year 2 will go live in Spring 2018. For more information or to discuss Coach Core Birmingham please contact Adam.Warden@sportbirmingham.org