Meghan and Harry attended the Coach Core awards – an event that celebrates the organization which “aims to harness the power of sport, and its ability to change lives and empower young people” by training them to become sports coaches through an apprenticeship program.
The couple were total sports themselves at the event, starting things off by joining in on a netball practice drill before testing their skills with a shootout and meeting program participants
“At Coach Core, a netball shootout can come with some pretty great teammates! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took part in our shootout, & congratulated the seven groups of graduates from across the UK that all graduating today – from Essex, all the way to Glasgow!” the organization tweeted today.
More about the organization from Sportbirmingham:
“Coach Core was launched by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry during the London 2012 Games to create opportunities in sports coaching for young people who may otherwise fall through the cracks between education and employment.
The Coach Core apprenticeship scheme was designed by The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to take young people aged 16-24 with limited opportunities, and train them to be sports coaches, positive role models and mentors in their communities. The apprentices learn technical sport skills alongside an inclusive and holistic approach to coaching, with an emphasis on employability and mentoring skills. Coach Core is proud to have transformed the lives of its apprentices with 98% of its graduates now being in full time employment or education, and 80% retain strong ties with their employers and continue to engage in community sport.”
A video of the meeting and drills:
53-year-old Robinson, who used to play for the San Antonio Spurs, said it was ‘great fun’ meeting the royal couple. ‘I told them that obviously netball is a bigger game here than basketball, but it was fun working with the coaches. They said they love basketball, and it will grow here. I said you will need to grow some 7ft 1 in guys, that’s all.’
Before the award began, they also got the opportunity to speak to graduates
Today’s award – where both Harry and Meghan presented an award – celebrate the achievements of young people and mentors on the scheme.
Presenting the award for graduate of the year to Sebastian Vidal, Meghan said that the ‘incredible inspiration and sense of purpose’ that Coach Core instilled in people was ‘astounding’. She also raised Harry “The Duchess said: “My husband has devoted so many years to Coach Core and in the past year of my being in the UK to be able to see not just the impact but the incredible inspiration and sense of purpose that this instills in people is astounding.”
Our duchess really looked like she means business today in a belted blouse by Oscar de la Renta
Half top, half blazer, this style features a wrap over front, an asymmetric peplum flare and a belted waist to create a flattering silhouette.
Meghan wore her Altuzarra High-Waisted Boot-Cut Wool Pants. She was also seen wearing for the WellChild Awards earlier this month.
Meghan accessorized it with a Pascale Monvoisin Cauri N°2 9-karat rose gold, onyx and diamond necklace.
And her Catbird stackable rings.
We will see Meghan again tomorrow at w solo engagement were she will attend the opening of ‘Oceania’ at the Royal Academy of Arts. Stay tuned.