Young people rewarded with Gold Award from Duke of Edinburgh

Young people from Larne receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awads.  
Photo by Aaron McCracken Photography
Young people from Larne receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awads. Photo by Aaron McCracken Photography

Young people from Larne were among 115 recipients from across Northern Ireland who were presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Hillsborough Castle recently.

The awards were presented by the charity’s founder, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh who was on his last official visit to Northern Ireland before his retirement.

Prince Philip congratulated the young Gold Award achievers, organisations that deliver the Duke of Edinburgh Award and sponsors.

All recipients have achieved their Gold Award after volunteering in their community, learning a skill, getting fit, going on an expedition and taking part in a week-long residential.

The organisers say that taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh programme “significantly impacts young people’s futures, enabling them to develop vital skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work”.

The scheme is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people.