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Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pitted against each other in sporting challenge

High-heels didn’t stop the Duchess of Sussex from taking to the challenge as they joined youth for some netball training.

Up against her husband, the Duke of Sussex’s team, the two groups threw around netballs helping the royals score.

Prince Harry’s team came out on top winning 3-2, which included former basketball player David Robinson who made the joke to Prince Harry: “You’ve always got to put your wife centre stage. They are newly married, so he is learning that.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were at Loughborough University to check in on the graduates of Coach Core and honour them in an awards ceremony.

Coach Core teaches teenagers the skills to coach sports for those who do not have education or employment.

While speaking with the coaches, Meghan told them: “My husband has devoted so many years to Coach Core and in the past year of my being in the UK to be able to see not just the impact but the incredible inspiration and sense of purpose that this instils in people is astounding.”

The Duchess presented the ‘Coach Core graduate of the year’ to Sebastian Vidal, while Prince Harry gave the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award to Kayleigh.

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In his speech, the Duke said: “Being a coach isn’t just about helping an individual get active, or training the next person who’s going to become a world record holder. It’s so much bigger than that. It’s about being a role model; it’s about being professional, relatable and inspiring.”

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Adding on: “Sport does not discriminate. But lack of support and barriers to access do, which is why the role of Coach Core fostering this raw talent is absolutely vital.

“Sport can inspire and invigorate, and as we have seen today, with the right opportunity, the right mentoring and the right focus, lives can be changed.”

Just before the visit, Sport England awarded the Royal Foundation £995,500 from a National Lottery grant. The money will help Coach Core double its reach with another ten sites in England over the next three years.

 

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