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Prince Harry to host The Royal Foundation’s first Coach Core graduation ceremony

On 14 January, Prince Harry, Patron of The Royal Foundation will join New York Knicks NBA player Carmelo Anthony to present the first graduates from The Royal Foundation’s Coach Core programme with their certificates at a ceremony at St James’s Palace.

The 33 graduating apprentices completed the Coach Core programme, an apprenticeship which teaches young people who struggle to with obtaining employment in today’s job market.

In response to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry’s combined goal to encourage young people through sport, Coach Core was developed by The Royal Foundation.

The programme was launched in July 2012 by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at a sports festival at Bacon’s College in London, prior to the 2012 Olympic Games and has been run in partnership with Glasgow Life in Scotland and with Greenhouse Charity in London.

The Coach Core London programme in partnership with the Greenhouse Charity was Glasgow Life and The Royal Foundation, backed by The Hunter Foundation, introduced the Scotland Coach Core pilot in April 2013 with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Presently, The Royal Foundation has three Coach Core programmes running in London, Glasgow and New York.

The programme allows those aged 16 to 24, the chance to become sports coaches allowing them the tools necessary to gain employment, become involved in their community and have a positive influence of their friends and peers.

The programme is a year-long 30 hour-a-week contract, the Coach Core apprentices meet every two weeks to learn new skills, receive mentoring and be trained through various recognised qualifications such as Disability Inclusion training and First Aid, to name a few.

Ongoing learning and training is also a key part of the programme as the young coaches begin their work in clubs and schools within their local community.

The first group of apprentice coaches completed their training in February 2014.

The Prince and Anthony will meet with the graduating apprentices from London and Glasgow before attending the formal graduation ceremony during which time Harry will speak. Joining Harry and the NBA star will be John Amaechi. Amaechi was one of the first NBA basketball players to hail from the UK and a strong advocate for the power of good sports coaching.

After the ceremony, Harry will meet with the graduates and their guests at a reception.

Wednesday’s event is part of the collaboration between The Royal Foundation and the NBA which was announced during The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s trip to the New York City in December 2014.

Along with its partnership with the Foundation’s United for Wildlife campaign, the NBA is supporting Coach Core in fostering young, inspired and gifted new basketball coaches through coaching experience and logistical support.

Featured Photo Credit: Invictus Games 2014

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