Prince Harry is set to visit Nottingham next week in what will be the fifth time in three years.
The official Kensington Palace twitter account announced the news, saying that the Prince will be in the city on Wednesday 26th October. His main focus will be on ‘youth and communities’, the palace said.
Prince Harry will open Nottinghamshire Police’s new station and will tour the building. He will also meet neighborhood policing and city council teams, as well as police cadets. Chief Inspector Mark Stanley, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We are looking forward to HRH Prince Harry’s visit to Nottingham to formally open the new Central Police Station. The unique partnership between Nottinghamshire Police and Nottingham City Council’s Community Protection, enables the citizens of Nottingham to access a wide range of police and council services in one place”.
Prince Harry’s next stop will be the National Ice Centre, where he will find out more about the sporting apprenticeships they run. Martin Ingham, chief executive of the National Ice Centre said: “Naturally we are delighted to welcome Prince Harry to the National Ice Centre on behalf of all the partners that have supported the excellent Coach Core Project in Nottingham. The Royal Foundation’s support has allowed collaborative and innovative working between sporting organizations to give the apprentices on the programme a great start to their working life. To be able to give Prince Harry himself a demonstration of the positive impact this programme has had on our young people is a great privilege”. The Royal Foundation, which runs the apprenticeships, is currently working with several partners to offer the programme including: Nottingham Forest FC, Notts County FC, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, Nottingham Rugby, and Epic Partners, a local charity.
The Prince will also pay another visit to his favorite city spot: the St Ann’s recording studio Full Effect. The project aims to reduce youth violence, and was set up after his first visit to the studio in 2013. He also came back again in 2014 and 2015. Trevor Rose, who is head of the Community Recording Studio, one of the partners that produces the Full Effect project, said that the youngsters are “naturally really excited” to meet Prince Harry. He added: “I think it’s an amazing opportunity for the community and Nottingham as a whole. He’s royalty, you cant be anything but excited.”
Prince Harry was last in Nottingham earlier this year when he paid a visit to Trent Bridge as part of The Royal Foundation’s Coach Core Programme, which gives young people aged between 16 and 24 the opportunity to become the next generation of coaches.
By Larah Yearwood.