Meghan Markle plays ball in heels alongside Prince Harry at Coach Core Awards
After working hard on her cookbook last week, Meghan Markle shifted her focus to advocating for the importance of sports with Prince Harry at the Loughborough University.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled 100 miles north of London to meet the honorees from Coach Core, a program that trains young athletes to become coaches and encourages the next generation of athletes as well.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived at @lborouniversity for the @WeAreCoachCore Awards.— Omid Scobie (@scobie) September 24, 2018
This is Meghan’s second time at a #CoachCore event after she and Harry visited a programme in Nottingham last October. pic.twitter.com/XijIXfEMN2
Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, watched as a number of British national athletes led the training of 200 apprentices through a series of drills and mentoring. Athletes included in the pool of coaches includes marathon runner Paula Radcliffe, tennis superstar Laura Robson, and netball player Eboni Beckford-Chambers.
Of course, given that they attended a sporting event, Meghan and Harry had to engage themselves in some of the activities, too. Markle, who didn't bring sneakers to the event, opted to play basketball in her heels and a blue belted top by Oscar de la Renta, which she paired with black flared pants from Altuzarra.
Coach Core was launched to help and honor the legacy left by the 2012 London Olympics. It is headed by the Royal Foundation, a charity led by Harry, Meghan, Kate Middleton, and Prince William.
From all over the UK, they are now qualified sport coaches across many different disciplines ⚽️🏉🏀🏸🏏🎾🏒🤸🏼♀️. pic.twitter.com/zFKh96lzVI— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 24, 2018
In a tweet which she posted after the event, it was shown how Meghan presented an award called "Graduate of the Year" to Sebastian Vidal, and also shared how devoted Harry has been to the cause.
It’s Team Duke vs. Team Duchess as they join @WeAreCoachCoreUK apprentices for a netball shootout 🏀. pic.twitter.com/qFhzL2W3ac— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 24, 2018
“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.”
Likewise, in a speech that Harry had during the event, he said that sports is such an important part of the world, especially since it is something that provides equal opportunities to people, and does not discriminate.
“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.”
Meghan recently launched a cookbook for the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, where she featured the women's community kitchen's top 50 best recipes, even doing demos during her cookbook launch and community visit. Of course, all proceeds from the cookbook sales will be donated to the women, hoping to keep them up and running as they try and recover from the tragedy.