Coach Core Foundation

Tackling youth unemployment across the UK

One million under 25's are facing an unprecedented jobs crisis because of coronavirus. By training and employing young people from disadvantaged backgrounds as sports coaches, we can change this. We can help young people build the skills, confidence and experience to succeed in work and life.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1186782)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation


  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom

  • My apprenticeship with Coach Core gave me hope. I realised no matter where you are from, there is always an opportunity... Now I’ve found my comfort zone and have an excellent opportunity to tackle some of the barriers that myself, and many others before me, have faced in sport.

    — Renee Gottshalk - Coach Core former apprentice, Birmingham

  • Before Callum became our sports coach we were unable to provide any regular sporting activities, and now we can help young people keep active.

    — Yellow Door, Essex


More than one in four young people claim their future career prospects have already been damaged by the coronavirus crisis, while half say it will be “harder than ever” to get a job. [‘Young People in Lockdown Report’ by YouGov and Princes Trust, 2020]. Worringly, there’s clear evidence that being unemployed when you’re young can have many negative, long-term consequences including: damage to mental health, income and employment prospects. We need to act now to change this.


To combat youth unemployment we train and employ young people, from disadvantaged backgrounds with limited prospects, as sports coaches and future leaders. Since 2012, we’ve helped 550+ young people achieve qualifications, life-skills and experience to thrive and gain employment. They’ve delivered sports coaching sessions and had 1.9m+ coaching interactions with young people in schools, leisure centres and youth clubs across the UK where they are relatable and inspiring mentors and role-models.