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Simon Perry
October 07, 2016 11:47 AM

Coach Harry is ready to play!

Prince Harry joined young sports trainers for an active morning on Friday in support of Coach Core, the sports coaching apprenticeship program he started with Prince William and Princess Kate on the eve of the 2012 London Olympics.

The prince ditched his suit jacked as he took to the field at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London and practiced catching and kicking around a soccer ball with the program’s young participants.

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“That’s quite hard work,” he said after tackling a drill with a tennis ball. “I’m dizzy already!”

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Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty

A few British sports stars were also on hand to pledge their support for the program.

Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock, 23, who became Britain’s most decorated gymnast when he won two gold medals at the Rio Olympics showed off one of his medals around his neck as he chatted with Harry.

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Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty

But Whitlock’s success didn’t prevent him from being on the receiving end of some teasing from the prince! As he and the other sports stars waited for the gymnast to pose for a group picture, Harry called out, “When you’re ready, Max. You don’t win golds on timing obviously.”

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Set up and run by the Royal Foundation, Coach Core aims to take young people aged 16 – 24 with limited opportunities and train them to be sports coaches and positive role models and mentors in their communities. The initiative matches the royal trio’s love of sports and the outdoors.

“The young people here today have a real chance of moving on into employment or training and in turn will inspire thousands of other young people to take part in sport — extending the positive reach of this program,” the royal said at the event.

“My brother, Catherine and I are passionate about expanding this program across the U.K. and I hope that many of you will continue to join us on this journey,” he said.

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