Budding sports coaches flaunted their training skills before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry when they visited the Beacon’s College in Rotherhithe, Greenwich today (Thursday, July 26, 2012).
The royal trio visited the academy school located at south-east London, where they joined hundreds of young people taking part in a sports festival and even caught up with trainee coaches.
Prince William and Duchess Kate along-with Harry were there to participate in the launch of a new project that is supported by their own foundation. ‘Coach Core’ is a new coaching initiative aimed at training teens between 16 to 19 years to become competent coaches and mentors for their schools and communities.
‘Coach Care’ programme is a joint venture between the Royals charity foundation and Greenhouse charity org, one of those charities to benefit out of the Cambridges’ wedding fund. This latest sports initiative has been set up in recognition of London hosting the Olympics which is to be inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth tomorrow.
Earlier today, the Team GB and Paralympics GB ambassadors Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry arrived in style in a chauffeur-driven limousine. William and Harry were dressed casually for the occasion, wearing open-necked white shirts and chinos.
Catherine looked elegant in a grey and white Hobbs Check Wessex summer dress. It was available for £35.00 (£119.00), but is now sold out. (The website states: The bestselling Wessex dress returns for Spring/Summer 2012 in a new grey and white checked print.
It is also available at all of their UK stores in linen, and features a flattering '50s inspired silhouette with a full skirt and nipped in waist. It also has short sleeves and a concealed back zip.) All the three royals are keen sportspersons.
Kate Middleton outshone as a youngster at netball, hockey and tennis. While William and Harry, are both adept polo players and swimmers. So this was a perfect engagement for the royals as they watched juniors being put through their paces by the coaches at various sports like judo, basketball, five-a-side football and table tennis.
The Greenhouse charity through the ‘Coach Care’ project hopes that talented young sportsmen and women will be able to motivate their wards and build a future for them-selves in sport. And if it succeeds in its mission, the foundation aspires to carry forward the initiative to other sectors where inspiring young coaches can become role models for and encourage young people.
All the three royals participated in different sports at the academy school and seem to have a ball with all youngsters. While Prince Harry went to a basketball demo, Kate Middleton took part in a table-tennis and judo demo. Prince William participated in football practice session with dozens of schoolchildren who were practicing shooting, dribbling and passing skills.
The Duke of Cambridge later gave an inspiring speech in which he emphasized on the significance of sports in life. He said: "Over the next month, the eyes of the world will be on Great Britain. For us to hold the Olympic and the Paralympic Games here in London is a great moment for our nation, which itself is steeped in sporting history’
‘Therefore, for Catherine, Harry and me there could be no better way of starting this epic time than being with you here in Rotherhithe, so close to the heart of London 2012, to launch Coach Core,’ he added.