The Duke of Cambridge gave a virtual speech at the Coach Core Awards as he spoke about the importance of sport, while praising the resilience of this year’s apprentices.
William told the nominees he was “so proud” of their achievements while dealing with the challenges they faced during the pandemic.
He also highlighted how sport had been hit hard at a time when people needed it most.
He then praised the nominees for going “above and beyond” to keep physical activity going.
The Duke said: “2020 has been difficult for everyone but Covid-19 has hit sport and the activity sector particularly hard at a time when it is needed most – for both our mental and physical wellbeing.
“This year more than any in the programme’s history, Coach Core’s apprentices have had to overcome challenges, adapt and learn to be flexible in the face of difficulty.”
William heaped praise on the nominees for still managing to coach while still following social distancing rules.
He said: “Tonight’s award nominees have gone above and beyond in order to keep grassroots sport going.
“They have innovated and persevered in the face of a global pandemic to find new ways to coach in a socially-distanced manner.
“Apprentices have supported their peers, friends and families, and have volunteered in the community, setting a golden example for us all to follow.”
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Meghan called the initiative inspiring.
She said at the time: “My husband has devoted so many years to Coach Core.”
However, their involvement now is no longer known after they stepped down from public duties in March.
Kate and William have continued to back the project.
William also told the apprentices: “I am so proud – both of your individual accomplishments this year – and of Coach Core itself. “
The awards celebrate the best of the organisation’s talent.
Coach Core works with 100 apprentices a year at 14 sites across the country.
This can be from apprentices and graduates, to mentors and tutors.