Capturing the spirit of the 2012 Olympic Games, Their Royal Highnesses wanted to harness the power of sport, and its ability to change lives and empower young people.

Driven by a desire to build upon the excitement and enthusiasm of the Games, Coach Core was launched to inspire young people – including those who don’t normally have the same opportunities as others – with sport, and create the next generation of sports coaches who will themselves go on to inspire their communities for many more generations to come.

Today, Coach Core is training hundreds of young people across the UK through its amazing scheme that connects apprentices with the biggest sports clubs in the country, providing unrivalled tuition, paying them a wage, and setting them up for an exciting future.


  • Nearly 400 graduates have now come through the programme
  • 86% of young people that start our programme, finish!
  • 88% of our graduates are in full-time employment, education or further training.
  • 60% have remained with their original employers at the end of the programme.


There are currently 10 active Coach Core locations across the UK.

In September 2018, Sport England awarded The Royal Foundation a £995,500 National Lottery grant to double the reach of its Coach Core programme by adding 10 new sites in England over the next three years.


  • Bristol
  • Birmingham
  • Devon
  • Essex
  • Glasgow
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Middlesbrough
  • Nottingham
  • South Wales

Coach Core offers a real chance for young people to move into employment or training and in turn will inspire thousands of others to take part in sport – extending the positive reach of the programme.

Prince Harry