Nearly 250 youngsters receive Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Awards ceremony
Awards ceremony

A total of 247 young people in East Dunbartonshire were presented with a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at a ceremony recently.

The event was held at Bishopbriggs Academy, with the council’s convener of education Councillor Eric Gotts presenting the awards.

Most of the 247 young people had successfully completed their first Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and received their bronze. There were also 81 who received silver and nine achieved their gold awards.

Although gold awards were recognised at the ceremony, the formal presentation of gold awards is conducted in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh or the Earl of Wessex at Holyrood Palace in the summer.

Over the last few years there has been a significant increase in the number of young people completing their award with 50 more young people attending the presentation than last year.

Councillor Gotts said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provides young people with many opportunities for challenge, adventure, commitment, team work, wider community involvement and the chance to build self-confidence and self-esteem. The annual award ceremony is an excellent way for us to recognise their fantastic achievements.

“East Dunbartonshire is now one of the top five performing local authorities for participation in the award giving many more young people the opportunity to take part in Duke of Edinburgh Award programmes.

“This significant growth over the last few years is largely due to the dedication and significant amount of time invested by teachers and other members of the community on a voluntary basis as leaders, supervisors and assessors.

“We are continuing to build our capacity in East Dunbartonshire to allow even more young people to participate and we are pleased that young people from Kirkintilloch High School and Milngavie Youth Centre are receiving Awards for the first time this year.”

Barry Fisher, director of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scotland, added: “It was a privilege to attend the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards presentation for young people across East Dunbartonshire.

“The enthusiasm and dedication of young people and leaders is completely infectious and it is right that we celebrate their achievements so publicly.”