The royal couple stepped out to support Coach Core, one of their charity projects

September 24, 2018 10:23 AM

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kicked off the week in sporty style.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Loughborough University on Monday — some 100 miles north of London — where they met with honorees from Coach Core, a program that trains young people to become coaches and encourages the next generation of athletes.

Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, watched as British marathon runner Paula Radcliffe, tennis star Laura Robson and netball player Eboni Beckford-Chambers led 200 apprentices through a series of drills and mentoring.

Meghan, who took part in a passing drill (which resulted in a sweet hug from Harry!), left her sneakers at home, and instead opted for heels and a blue belted top by Oscar de la Renta and black flared pants by Altuzarra.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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Coach Core was launched to build on the legacy of the London Olympics in 2012 by the Royal Foundation, the charity organization led by Harry, Meghan, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

In a tweet on Monday, Meghan shared words of support for her husband, saying, “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 is astounding.”

In a speech on Monday, Harry said: “Sport does not discriminate. But lack of support and barriers to access do, which is why the role of Coach Core fostering this raw talent is absolutely vital. Sport can inspire and invigorate, and as we have seen today, with the right opportunity, the right mentoring and the right focus, lives can be changed.”

Now, Coach Core trains hundreds of young people across the U.K. who are not otherwise in employment and education by connecting the budding coaches to sports clubs.

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They are then paid a wage as they are taught, enabling them to hopefully go out and inspire other youngsters in their communities.

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Also on Monday, the Kensington Palace press office announced that the Royal Foundation had been awarded a $1.3 million National Lottery grant from Sport England to double the reach of Coach Core by adding 10 new sites in England over the next three years.

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