Duke Of Edinburgh Award Success Is Marked In Wimbledon

Local youngsters collect badge and certificate

Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina presented more than 300 young people with a certificate and badge at a special ceremony celebrating their Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Awards at bronze, silver and gold level.

The event, held at Wimbledon's Ricards Lodge High School, was hosted by young people who shared their experiences of the DofE and told guests what it meant to them to achieve the award.

Guest speaker Peter Fleet, Director of the DofE in London, praised the efforts of the young people present and highlighted how their commitment has developed their social and interpersonal skills, enhanced their organisational abilities and teamwork as well as giving them a distinct advantage in the job and education markets.

The DofE requires young people to get involved in a number of different activities. Volunteering, for example, has included helping at libraries, uniformed groups and charity shops. They also took part in sports and developed their skills in activities such as debating, playing musical instruments, journalism or learning to drive.

All those receiving the awards, took part in an expedition, with trips to areas such as the New Forest, East Grinstead, Box Hill and further afield to Cumbria, Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons.

At gold level residential courses included trips abroad to learn French, Spanish and German, voluntary work in Africa and closer to home, sailing, beach sweeps and even GB Junior Rowing Final Trials. The young people who achieved their Gold awards will be going to St James's Palace to receive their certificates from the Duke of Edinburgh.

Merton's director of children, schools and families, Yvette Stanley said: "Congratulations to all our young people who received their gold, silver and bronze level awards. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a great way for young people to challenge themselves and take part in a wide range of rewarding activities."

April 26, 2015

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L-R: Hamid Serry (awarded bronze and silver), Mayor of Merton, Cllr Agatha Akyigyina, Mayor's consort, Vera Wells and Bettina Latuff (awarded bronze and silver)