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Sheffield Students Celebrate at St James’s Palace

Sheffield Students Celebrate at St James’s Palace

Tash Bright No Comment

Last week, 8 young people from 4 schools in Sheffield attended a presentation at St. James’s Palace, London, where they received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards from celebrity presenter, Natalie Coyle, after sharing their experiences with Trustee for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), HRH The Earl of Wessex.

During the Gold Award Presentation, HRH took the opportunity to congratulate the group made up of participants from Birkdale, High Storrs, Notre Dame and Silverdale Schools on their successes and heard about their DofE journeys, which took each young person 12-18 months of hard work and dedication.

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Those who achieve a Gold DofE Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, DofE programmes enable any young person, aged 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and team working.

Jules Walker, representing  Sheffield Futures DofE Operating Authority attended the presentation to see the group receive their Gold Awards, and said, “ It was a privilege to be a part of the young people’s Gold Award ceremony and listen to so many positive comments about the impact the DofE Programme has had for the participants. Many spoke about the confidence taking part had instilled in them and the satisfaction they gained from taking on new challenges. There is a great deal of hard work associated with achieving a Gold DofE Award but the rewards in terms of self development and community impact cannot be understated.”

Speaking about his DofE experience, John McDowell, who was one of the Gold Award holders at the  presentation, said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of undertaking my Gold DofE Award with my friends and have found the skills I developed in terms of planning and structure have helped me to progress in my engineering ambitions. I’d recommend anyone with the opportunity to participate in the DofE Programme”

There are currently over 300,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions and youth groups.

To find out more about the DofE and how it enables young people to succeed, please visit www.DofE.org  

 

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