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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge get sporty as they meet coaches of the future in Essex

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been finding out how a project in Essex is helping more people get into sport.

William and Kate were highlighting the work of the 'Coach Core' apprenticeship programme at the Basildon Sporting Village which helps people from all backgrounds and abilities build a career in sports coaching.

The Royal couple met apprentices and graduates training to be coaches, and even had a go at some sport themselves - with the Duchess taking part in a tennis session, and the Duke having a go at throwing a foam javelin.

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The scheme was set up by The Royal Foundation following the London Olympics in 2012 and aims to create the next generation of sports coaches by inspiring youngsters who are not in education or employment.

The Duchess received flowers at the end of the visit. Credit: PA

"As they were leaving, I got a 'good luck for the rest of the apprenticeship' and I'll carry that with me forever," Apprentice Billy Raymond said.

"That will be part of my inspiration to carry on moving forwards."

The Duke and Duchess also went head-to-head in a game of Boccia, a paralympic sport similar to bowls, and observed some of the gymnasts of the future at the South Essex Gym Club.

The Duchess, who only returned from maternity leave earlier this month, was presented with a bouquet of flowers from a little girl as a leaving gift.