The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 by its Patron HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Around 8,000 young people in Northern Ireland take part in the programme each year. Northern Ireland has the highest number of young people per head of population undertaking the programme and the highest percentage of young people who achieve an award. Last year 4,733 young people achieved an award in Northern Ireland.
Today’s event was attended by Denise Watson, a TV Sports Presenter and a Silver and Gold DofE Award holder. The guest presenter was Kelly Gallagher MBE, winner of Great Britain’s first Winter Paralympic gold medal during Sochi 2014.
HRH had the opportunity to chat with Gold Award recipients, their families and Duke of Edinburgh leaders as well as present Operating Authority license certificates to the Girls’ Brigade Northern Ireland, the Southern Education and Library Board and the Scout Foundation Northern Ireland. He also presented certificates to the first group in Northern Ireland to complete The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leadership Training Course.