THE ROYAL FOUNDATION CELEBRATES BIRMINGHAM COACH CORE SPORTS APRENTICESHIP SCHEME
Posted: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:05
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrated the sports coaching apprentices, organisations and partners from Birmingham yesterday, at an event at the London Stadium attended by their Royal Highnesses.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined 150 Coach Core apprentices from across the country, including Birmingham, to celebrate the success of the project in helping young people develop solid career paths in sports coaching and go on to deliver quality training and mentoring in their communities.
Apprentices from the Birmingham scheme are supported by the community sports partnership network, Sport Birmingham and employed by companies such as Aston Villa FC in the Community, Birchfield Harriers AC, Birmingham Community Leisure Trust, Birmingham Rowing Club, City of Birmingham Basketball, Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club, England Netball, Moseley Rugby Club, Sport Birmingham, Volleyball England and Warwickshire CCC.
Coach Core was launched by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry during the London 2012 Games to create opportunities in sports coaching for young people who may otherwise fall through the cracks between education and employment.
During the graduation ceremony, which saw apprentices from Glasgow, London, Essex and Wales take to the stage, His Royal Highness Prince Harry said: "It's so appropriate that we are back here – five years after it all began, during the incredible summer of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"At the time, William, Catherine and I were looking at the issues that we wanted to tackle together with our newly formed Royal Foundation. It was clear that all three of us believed firmly that sport could be such a powerful force for good.
We felt confident that for many young people, at risk of falling through the cracks, as they left school, sport could be the answer to keeping them on track or change the course their lives were already headed."
During the event the Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry joined apprentices in some typical Coach Core training sessions, which aim to make sport and exercise enjoyable and rewarding to everyone, and also an expansion to benefit young people and their communities in Middlesbrough, Bristol and Devon, alongside the existing seven cities and areas already offering the programme.
The expansion of Coach Core from seven cities and areas to ten in November this year, comes five years after it was launched by The Royal Foundation to give 16-24 years olds the opportunity to learn skills vital for sport and life, through high-quality teaching and mentoring. Coach Core apprentices go on to provide coaching in their local communities, which have often lacked quality training and mentoring.
Prince Harry continued: "Coach Core currently operates in seven cities across the country. But such is the demand for these highly skilled coaches that I am delighted to announce that The Royal Foundation will be expanding our investment in the programme. Today we are launching three new Coach Core programmes in: Middlesbrough, Devon, and Bristol. "
Coach Core Ambassador and Tennis Coach Judy Murray OBE said: "I'm a big believer in investing in kids within this age range, I think this age group 16-24 year olds is often where kids who have no framework and no opportunities and can go completely off the rails.
"So I think to create these opportunities for these young people, who love sport and want to work it, to get the training then the work experience and have a job at the end of it is absolutely tremendous."
Facts and Figures:
- To date, 98% of Coach Core graduates have gone in to work or education.
- Since 2012, 250 apprentices have taken part in Coach Core, joining more than 30,000 coaching sessions; meaning that the programme is responsible for well over 350,000 individual sessions of sport coaching and life skills.
- 93% of people who started in Coach Core are either still part of the programme or have graduated successfully.
- 80% of our graduates are coaching young people six months after graduation and 98% of Coach Core graduates are in employment or training.
More information on Coach Core
Coach Core is an innovative apprenticeship programme which is revolutionising UK sports coaching city by city, training and mentoring young people in skills for life and sport, while giving them a solid career path.
Coach Core currently works with 49 different employers in 7 cities and over 30 different sports coached to date.
Coach Core city consortiums develop future coaches to provide sports coaching that is open, available and enjoyable for people of all abilities in their local communities, particularly those lacking coaching and mentoring support.
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, 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. Coach Core is proud to have transformed the lives of its apprentices with 98% of its graduates now being in full time employment or education, and 80% retain strong ties with their employers and continue to engage in community sport.
Coach Core delivers an unparalleled programme of training, combining a sports apprenticeship and national governing body qualifications with a number of additional cutting-edge coaching modules including on wellbeing and accessibility, employability workshops and access to events and professional development others can't provide.
Coach Core is working closely with Non-Governmental Bodies, established sports clubs, leisure empoyers and charities to deliver the apprenticeships at a local level. This new network based approach means apprentices on the programme get an enhanced learning experience and access to a wide range of qualifications and work experience across a varied selection of sports. It also provides excellent high-profile opportunities for potential future employment.
Applicants wishing to join the new Coach Core project in Middlesbrough, Devon and Bristol, which starts in November 2017, should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Royal Foundation
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is the Patrons' primary charitable vehicle, and hopes to become a leading philanthropic investor, effectively using its time and resources to create lasting change in targeted areas and geographies, based on need and on the interests of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The Foundation will seek to invest in, or partner with, organisations with proven impact, using its profile and leverage to create a multiplier effect in resources, outcomes and knowledge.