In 2011 an idea was hatched to start the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme through Eccles Rugby Club, the guinea pigs would be Eccles under 15’s team.
It is a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and teamworking. Young people progress through three levels of DofE programmes to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
Taking part builds confidence and develops self-esteem. It requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who do their DofE.
The DofE Charity
Youth charity The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award supports over 275,000 people aged 14-24 every year, including 30,000 from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our ethos is to enable every young person of every background to take part in our programmes and succeed, regardless of any barriers. We help instil a sense of adventure and have a lasting impact on young people’s behaviour, skills and life chances.
To inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise
Anyone aged between 14 and 24 can do a programme at one of the three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold.
– Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
– Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
– Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
– Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK
– At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing shared activity.
Achieving a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Young people will achieve a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award if they show persistence, commitment and personal development over a period of time. Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed. The result is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, recognised by employers and universities alike.
We currently have participants in all the levels of the award.
We now have several qualified expedition leaders who will split their time across the 3 levels, we also have several accredited assessors and other devoted volunteers handling volunteering, sponsorship and fundraising.
This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the young people and the support from the volunteers has given us fantastic results, three times the average national completion has been achieved so far.
Well done to all the lads & lasses and thank you to all the help from the volunteers over the last few years.
Any donations or sponsorship of an individual would be gratefully received.