Core Coach, which aims to equip apprentices with the skills they require to secure a career within the coaching industry, enjoyed a successful pilot in 2016, with 16 graduates securing employment in their chosen sector.
Eighteen new apprentices have joined the 2017 scheme, which is run by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Through its support of the programme, Vision Express will supply all apprentices with sports kits, sight tests and sunglasses.
The multiple has a history of supporting young people and sporting initiatives in the West Midlands, and for the last two years has partnered with the Bryan Steel Academy, a school for young cycling talent.
Speaking about its support of the programme, CEO of Vision Express, Jonathan Lawson, said: “I think it’s important that we, as a Nottingham organisation, do all we can to support young people in the area who want to further their sporting careers and to help increase the delivery of sports for children and adults in the country.”