Sport has the potential to transform lives and engage those who are trapped in poverty and isolation. Through training, teamwork and exercise, sport can make an enormous difference in both personal and educational development. In a recent report, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport found that underachieving young people participating in extra-curricular sport see an increase in their numeracy skills of 29 percent. Combine this with high levels of youth unemployment and the £7.4bn cost to the nation associated to medical and mental health issues linked to inactivity, it results in a need for a new and innovative approach.

Coach Core 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.

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.


  • Since The Royal Foundation established Coach Core in 2012, 79 young people graduated with qualifications in sports coaching and leadership.
  • 100 percent of Coach Core graduates are in employment or training. 80 percent are coaching young people six months after graduation.
  • Coach Core has a wider impact in the local communities since every month 1,200 hours of coaching are delivered by each of the programmes.


Over the next three years, The Royal Foundation’s goal is to establish Coach Core as a national programme in ten sites across the UK, building upon the success in Glasgow and London and training up to 400 apprentices.


  • Greenhouse Sports
  • Glasgow Life
  • Welsh Rugby Union
  • Team Nottingham – Nottingham Forest FC, Notts County FC, Trent Bridge, Nottingham Rugby, National Ice Centre and Epic Partners. The consortium is led by Trent Bridge
  • Team Essex

One day I got a phone call about Coach Core. I can’t believe the support we have had from our tutors, they really care and they really want us to do well. I get to do what I love every day, meet new people and learn so many new things. Also, as one of the older guys in the group, I feel like I should set a good example to the younger ones. That’s been good for me, it’s taught me to be a role model.

Nottingham Coach Core Apprentice