Duke and Duchess of Cambridge see Coach Core Birmingham in action
Posted: Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:27
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were impressed to see Birmingham's Coach Core programme in action yesterday at Villa Park.
Coach Core is supported by The Royal Foundation and works with Sport Birmingham to give young people aged 16-24 the chance to become the next generation of inspirational coaches.
15 sports coach apprentices from across the city delivered multi-sports sessions to children from Prince Albert Primary School. The sessions took part on the main pitch and apprentices were excited to be joined by Their Royal Highnesses, demonstrating what they've learned to do date through the programme.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began their visit by meeting with the Coach Core Birmingham employers who discussed the positive impact the programme has made so far. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were delighted to hear about the progression of the apprentices and soon joined in on the training sessions on the pitch. Many of the apprentices and tutors spoke to the Royals and got to demonstrate some their coaching skills.
Jevaughni Robinson, Sports Birmingham Coach Core Apprentice said 'For me it was great to speak with The Duchess of Cambridge and coach in front of her. I am so proud to be part of the Coach Core apprenticeship which has already created so many memories for me'
The Coach Core apprenticeship scheme was designed by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to help train young people to be sports coaches, positive role models and mentors in their communities. Coach Core increases confidence and enables the young people to have more self-belief in their abilities to achieve in life.
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, providing them with an apprenticeship which allows them to gain sports coaching qualifications and practical experience in the workplace.
How to get involved next year
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 or a new employer, please get in touch.
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