His Royal Highness visited both programmes during a visit to the city last October, and returned to see a new strand of Full Effect’s work which provides support and mentoring to secondary school students. Prince Harry also attended the graduation ceremony of the cohort of Nottingham Coach Core apprentices, many of whom he met at the National Ice Centre during his last visit.
Established in 2014, Full Effect has been supporting young people in the St Ann’s area of Nottingham through a combination of early intervention, mentoring and education. Over the last three years, Full Effect resilience workers and mentors have been providing a group of ‘at risk’ primary-aged children with intensive support both in school and through diversionary activities in the community. In September 2016, this support was extended to include those transitioning to secondary school – an event which for many children can be challenging. Prince Harry joined both a music and sports session at Nottingham Academy where he met a number of students benefitting from the Full Effect programme, and heard first-hand from staff about the positive impact it is having on the local school communities.
Prince Harry then travelled to the city centre to present Coach Core apprentices with their graduation certificates at a ceremony held at Nottingham Council House. Prior to the ceremony at which Prince Harry delivered a short speech, His Royal Highness will speak to the Nottingham graduates to hear more about their experiences of the apprenticeship since their last meeting in October. Created by the Royal Foundation in 2012, the Coach Core model – a year’s apprenticeship – trains 16–24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training to become professional sports coaches in their communities.
In turn, the apprentices are able to motivate and inspire other young people through sport. Through the programme, the Nottingham apprentices have had the opportunity to work and train with Coach Core’s local sporting partners including Trent Bridge Community Trust, Nottingham Rugby Club, the National Ice Centre, Epic Partners, Notts County FC Football in the Community and Nottingham Forest in the Community. Now in its fifth year, Coach Core is on track to be operating within 10 cities across the UK by spring 2017.
Following the Coach Core graduation, Prince Harry watched two extract performances from Full Effect creative projects ‘Nott Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Look Sharp: The Barbershop’. You can watch some of the highlights of this performance in the video below