Rhondda Cynon Taf young people working towards their Duke of Edinbugh Gold Awards
Hundreds of young people across Rhondda Cynon Taf have spent the summer months completing their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.
Working their way up to achieving their coveted Gold Awards, the youngsters tackled the tough challenges in blistering heat and glorious sunshine.
Challenges undertaken have included hiking through Pembrokeshire, Gower and the Brecon Beacons National park, as well as walking through the South Wales Valleys, the Vale of Glamorgan and canoeing down the River Wye.
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award participants also went on an overseas expedition to explore the Millau region of France as well as the wilds of the Exmoor National Park.
Following rigorous training and preparation, nine young people from Rhondda Cynon Taf demonstrated excellent teamwork skills and navigational abilities while traversing the moors and valleys.
They also discovered all about the historic sites they planned to explore, met herds of wild deer, set up camp, created an open fire and slept under incredibly clear, starry skies.
Both teams in France and Exmoor completed their Gold Expeditions successfully.
Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, said: “I am delighted that so many of our young people in Rhondda Cynon Taf continue to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and I would like to congratulate those who have attained the ultimate Gold Award.
“You are a great credit to yourselves, your respective families and to the whole County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf.”
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh founded The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in 1956 and remains Patron of the charity to this day.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people. The organisation aims to create a world where young people can reach their full potential, whatever their circumstances and regardless of any barriers.
Staff provide a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and team-working.
Young people progress through three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh 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 achieve their goals. In 2013, more than 280,000 young people have taken part in Duke of Edinburgh programmes which take place at 10,533 centres throughout the UK.
For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme in Rhondda Cynon Taf, contact Kerry Rees on 07786 523 915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone interested in taking part can also visit www.DofE.org