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Many of our Youth Leadership senior students have used the programme to work towards their Bronze, Silver & Gold Awards for Duke Of Edinburgh.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is not easily achieved, yet at the same time, any young person aged between 14 and 25 can gain an Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. The Award requires persistence and determination, but at the end will have the satisfaction of knowing they have overcome the challenges and succeeded, learning about themselves, their hidden depths of character and developing as a human being in the process. Now that’s a sense of achievement!

Participants do not have to be good at anything to get an Award, they simply need to set personally challenging targets for improvement and then strive to reach these targets. A young person will get out of The Award what they put into it. There are no short cuts to a real sense of achievement, it has to be earned.

The programme runs throughout the school year and has five levels starting with Level 1 for those in Year 9 at school right through to those in their final year of secondary education. Along with weekly sessions after school those enrolled will take part in:

  • Overnighter camps
  • Event planning
  • 2-3 Day Camps
  • Kayaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Tramping
  • Art and Inventions
  • Archery
  • Orienteering


YMCA Recreation Youth Development – Tony Shore

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Phone: 03 2182989 ext 1 or 0272381698