Hundreds of young people get Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Two hundred and forty seven young people in East Dunbartonshire were presented with a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at the fourth annual ceremony recently.

The convener of education Councillor Eric Gotts presented the awards at the event at Bishopbriggs Academy.

Most of the young people had successfully completed their first award and received their bronze, but 81 were awarded silver and nine achieved gold.

Gold awards will be formally presented in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh or the Earl of Wessex at Holyrood Place in the summer.

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.”

He continued: “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.”