Coach Core celebrations at the Olympic Stadium

Yesterday we were honoured to be part of the Coach Core graduation event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium.  150 apprentices from 7 UK cities joined The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Create Development, VIPs and other partners to celebrate their graduation.


Coach Core apprentices graduation ceremony

Coach Core is a programme run by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and was established in 2012. It is an apprenticeship programme improving the availability and quality of sports coaching, whilst creating much needed employment for young people. Coach Core increases confidence and enables the young people to have more belief in their ability to achieve in the future.

Karren Brady, Prince William, Prince Harry, Duchess of Cambridge - Coach Core graduation celebrations

As Coach Core’s education partner, Create have worked with Coach Core since the start of their journey in 2012. We provide practical and engaging modules, resources and delivery to ensure that coaching is progressive, fun and centred on the learner.

The apprentice graduation ceremony commenced with a feature on BBC Breakfast television with Gary Laybourne, Project Manager for Coach Core and Mark Hunter, MBE, an Olympic gold and silver medallist who is a Coach Core Ambassador.

The day included a really interesting question and answer session with a panel of VIPs: Will Greenwood, Judy Murray, Max Whitlock, MBE, Scott Hann, MBE and Mark Hunter, MBE who reinforced the 5 core principles we focus on in the Coach Core modules in order to develop the ‘future coach’. Will Greenwood highlighted the importance of understanding the individual “…not square pegs in round holes.” Judy Murray echoed one of our modules ‘The power of language’ : “It’s about how you change your language, and interact with your athletes.”

Will Greenwood, Max Whitlock, Mark Hunter, Judy Murray - Coach Core question and answer session

In the afternoon, Create’s Director of Innovation, John Parsons, ran a practical session with Coach Core apprentices and with assistance from VIPs Slaven Bilic, West Ham United Football Club Manager and West Ham United Footballers, Mark Noble and Javier Hernandez.

John Parsons, Prince Harry, Slaven Bilic and Javier Hernandez - Coach Core

At the same time Create’s real gym Lead and Head Coach for the Team GB Rhythmic Gymnastics group at the 2012 London Olympics, Sarah Moon, ran a gymnastics session. Sarah’s VIPs included gymnast Max Whitlock who is double Olympic Champion, double World Champion, Commonwealth and European Champion and also Scott Hann, gymnastics Coach to Max, Reiss Beckford, Jay Thompson, Brinn Beven.

Max Whitlock, Sarah Moon and Scott Hann

Prince Harry and Coach Core apprentices

We really enjoyed running the practical sessions to show the importance of a child-centred approach. The focus on development of skills (personal, social, emotional etc) allows children to succeed in PE, sport and life and to build a positive relationship with physical activity. This focus is an essential element for a coach to be able to fully support and develop children and young people.

View the speech that Prince Harry’s gave at the graduation by clicking here.

Prince Harry's Coach Core speech

We’d like to say a HUGE congratulations to all the apprentices that graduated yesterday. We also wanted to thank all at Coach Core for organising such a great event. We are proud to be part of supporting young people to become exceptional coaches that are able to support children in their communities. We enjoyed celebrating with you all.

Coach Core’s next set of apprenticeships
Coach Core is currently recruiting their next set of apprentices, with new programmes starting in Bristol, Devon and Middlesbrough. If you’re between 16 – 24 years old and are interested in an amazing, 12-month paid apprenticeship, click here to find our more. Act now as the apprenticeship starts Nov/Dec this year!

The Coach Core programme offers a range of qualifications, along with its unique combination of learning through employment and the classroom, supported by high-quality mentoring. The focus is on ensuring trainees progress rapidly and have the skills to operate in a professional capacity in whichever career path they choose.

Click here to find out more about Coach Core.