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Prince Harry heads to Nottingham

We tend to associate Nottingham with Robin Hood & Prince John, but next week it will be Prince Harry that visits the city to look at two projects that have been supported by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The visit will focus on youth and local communities, and the two projects will be Coach Core and the Full Effect Project.

The day will begin with the Prince formally opening the new Central Police Station in Maid Marion Way. The new police station is a combined hub with staff from Nottingham City Council. As well as opening the station, the Prince will meet neighbourhood policing teams and council staff. He will also find out about how young people are gaining experience with both organisations through apprenticeships and Police Cadets.

From there the Prince will go to the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, perhaps best known for it being the place where Torvill & Dean trained. The Ice Centre is one of the partners involved in Nottingham’s Coach Core sporting apprenticeships. These apprenticeships provide opportunities for young people aged between 18 and 24 to train as sports coaches. Nottingham has teams near the top of the tree in a number of sports, and some are involved with the Royal Foundation including Nottingham Forest FC, Notts County FC and Northamptonshire Cricket Club.

Prince Harry will not only hear how the scheme is running within the city, but whilst he is in the National Ice Centre, another local partner, he will also see some of the scheme’s apprentices run a training session for young figure skaters on the rink.

From there he will go to visit a project in St Ann’s which he has visited a number of times officially and unofficially since his first visit in 2013. The Community Recording Studio is home to the Full Effect project which aims to improve the opportunities for young people and reduce youth violence in the area. The scheme has a two-pronged attack; to provide young people with apprenticeships in mentoring and leadership and train them to be youth leaders. At the same time, it works to support primary schoolchildren, working with their schools and families to move them away from the chances of entering a world of youth violence.

The Prince will hear of the positive changes that the programme is bringing to the city and its young people, before dropping in on rehearsals for Hip Hopera. This project supported by Full Effect is aiming to engage young people through the universal media of music. He will also get a chance to people who have already been through the Full Effect programme and are now mentors.

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