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Meghan Markle and Harry meet young sports coaches at awards ceremony

She’s signalled her determination to throw herself into all aspects of royal life.

And today, hot on the heels of her successful cookbook launch with the women of Grenfell last week, the Duchess of Sussex took part in a netball drill as she visited Loughborough University.

The royal was joining her husband, Prince Harry, there at an awards ceremony for apprentice sports coaches. 

The Duchess of Sussex takes part in a netball drill as she visits Loughborough University this afternoon

Meghan is given a ball before throwing it at Loughborough University today during her visit with Prince Harry

Meghan in Loughborough today

Meghan is given a ball before throwing it at Loughborough University today during her visit with Prince Harry

The scheme trains hundreds of young apprentices and puts them in touch with the biggest sports clubs in the country 

The scheme trains hundreds of young apprentices and puts them in touch with the biggest sports clubs in the country 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex smile as they attend the Coach Core Awards held at Loughborough University today

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex smile as they attend the Coach Core Awards held at Loughborough University today

Meghan takes part in a training exercise today

More than 200 apprentices took part in a full day of sports training and mentoring before the awards ceremony today

More than 200 apprentices took part in a full day of sports training and mentoring before the awards ceremony today

The Coach Core Awards at Loughborough University will feature masterclasses from sports stars such as British tennis player Laura Robson, marathon runner Paula Radcliffe and England netballer Eboni Beckford-Chambers.

More than 200 apprentices will take part in a day of sports training and mentoring before the awards ceremony, designed to celebrate the achievements of young people who have taken part in the life-changing programme.

Established by The Royal Foundation in 2012 on the back of the London Olympics, Coach Core aims to harness the power of sport, and its ability to change lives and empower young people.

It connects those who are not in education or employment with the biggest sports clubs in the country, providing unrivalled tuition, paying them a wage, and setting them up for an exciting future. 

The Duke and Duchess are joining graduates, new joiners and other apprentices to celebrate their achievements

Meghan picks up a ball in Loughborough

The Duke and Duchess are joining graduates, new joiners and other apprentices to celebrate their achievements

Meghan speaks to graduates as she attends the Coach Core Awards held at Loughborough University this afternoon

Meghan speaks to graduates as she attends the Coach Core Awards held at Loughborough University this afternoon

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Loughborough University this afternoon to attend a coaching awards ceremony

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Loughborough University this afternoon to attend a coaching awards ceremony

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will present prizes at the Coach Core Awards, which will be hosted by Jake Humphrey

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will present prizes at the Coach Core Awards, which will be hosted by Jake Humphrey

At this year’s Coach Core Awards, the Duke and Duchess will join graduates, new joiners and other apprentices to celebrate their achievements in categories including community outreach project of the year.

Other categories are graduate of the year, mentor of the year, educator of the year and apprentice of the year.

Their Royal Highnesses will meet some of the apprentices as they take part in drills and team games, before meeting this year’s graduates.

They will then attend the awards ceremony, hosted by TV sports presenter Jake Humphrey. Both Harry and Meghan will each present a category, before the prince gives a closing speech to the young apprentices.

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