One year on and going strong

Friday 22nd November 2013

Over the past year the Charlton Athletic Community Trust has recruited over 110 young people to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) bronze award.

Many of the young people have also accessed other areas of the Royal Greenwich youth service to assist with completing their award, including volunteering.

Through taking part in the DofE award, young people had the chance to gain AQA accreditations, complete an off site orienteering challenge, as well as a host of other adventures focusing on team building, gaining new skills and building confidence and self-esteem.

The Trust has developed and implemented a 12-week training programme to equip young people with the skills and knowledge needed to complete the DofE bronze award.

This year the Trust successfully organised four sets of expeditions, giving young people the chance to experience the outdoors and be challenged both physically and mentally, whilst gaining a sense of achievement.

67 young people in total have successfully completed their bronze level expedition, putting in to practice what they had learnt as part of their 12-week preparation training. The young people completed both their practice expedition and their assessed expedition under the watchful eyes of DofE licenced assessors.

All of the young people were successful, giving the Trust a 100% pass rate for DofE entrants in its first year.

One young person, who took part in DofE with the Trust, said, “It has given me the chance to complete my award when I couldn’t do it at school. I am hoping to go to college and then university and think having the award on my CV will help me loads. It has also given me something to do after school and has helped me to meet new people and try things I would never have tried before. I am looking forward to doing my Silver award and going on expedition again, it was great fun!”

Mark Cawthorne, DofE Award Coordinator, added, “We are extremely pleased with our first year of delivery and have seen some fantastic accomplishments from the young people involved. It has been challenging but very rewarding and we have learnt a lot.”