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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Achievement Celebration for Young People

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Achievement Celebration for Young People

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Young people across Sheffield celebrated their achievements at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Presentation Evening at Sheffield Town Hall on 6th March. 369 young people, including pupils from 23 schools and young people from charity and youth groups celebrated their achievements over the last year, to win Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Students from All Saints High School shared their experiences and challenges undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. “How would I describe DofE? Mud, mud, so much mud! I really enjoyed doing the outdoor challenge, it was a great experience.” Young people can take part in a variety of activities to complete their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, with students learning Tae Kwon Do “and now I’m a black belt!” or learning guitar, “which I’m still playing, so that’s good!”

Sheffield Futures Chief Executive Officer, Gail Gibbons opened the event by thanking “all staff, teachers and volunteers whose hard work and tireless efforts goes in to making each Award a success and helping young people to achieve their goals.”

Fir Vale School thanked Duke of Edinburgh’s Sheffield Operating Authority for their support “They have supported us for years and we are very grateful!”

Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Anne Murphy presented the certificates and said: “I wanted to thank you [all] on behalf of myself and Lord Mayor Denise Fox, who wished she could have been here at the Presentation Evening. Well done to all of the students, we are very proud of you. It’s important that we do these awards and build on our, learning, skills and expertise. Well done and congratulations.”

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager, Alan Pashley, said: “As a past pupil of Sheffield and award holder myself I’m immensely proud to be the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager. I’m privileged in my role that I get an insight into what has been involved with young people’s journeys through the award and some of the challenges you have had to overcome. I hope that you go on to reflect and re-live your experiences many times in your futures and that what you have learnt proves useful to you. On behalf of us all I thank you for being so inspirational.”

Barbara Horsman was presented with an Outstanding Service Award. She said “I do love Duke of Edinburgh’s Award because you can actually see the effects of the Award. For young participants, you can see how their out look and the future changes, it becomes brighter.”

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