A group of learners studying on the Phase Three Sport & Public Service course at Coleg y Cymoeddâ€™s Nantgarw campus received their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh certificates and badges from Principal, Karen Phillips.
The presentations took place at a recent event held at the college to recognise the achievements of the learners during the programme, these included Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.
Every year around 112,000 young people in the UK take part in the Award which was founded by the Duke of Edinburgh almost 60 years ago; to encourage anyone aged 14 to 24 to take on a range of activities that develop skills such as leadership, perseverance, teamwork and communication.
As part of their Bronze challenge the group of Cymoedd learners spent three months fundraising for Llamau raising over Â£300Â through various activities including a 5k run in Tredegar Country Park, the sale of hampers and various table top sales.
To complete the Physical and Skills sections the group attended Aspire gym twice weekly for a 12 – month period taking part in outdoor fitness tests too. They also attended a First Aid course over a 6- month period achieving a full St. John’s Certificate.
For the final part of the Award the learners planned and trained for their two-day expedition which included a 16 mile walk. The first day took place in wild country from Ystradfellte along Sarn Helen to Libanus concluding on Day Two with the next leg from Libanus to Pencelli along the canal path.
Congratulating the learners on their achievements, the Principal said, â€œI am delighted to present these awards to the group as I know you have worked so hard to achieve the Award. I am sure this will prove valuable not only with your studies at the college but also in your personal life. It is evident, listening to some of your experiences during the programme you have enjoyed the activities whilst making new friendships and gaining in confidence. I wish you well on your next challenge and Iâ€™m sure the Duke of Edinburgh Award will be beneficial when seeking employmentâ€.
Course Tutor and Co-ordinator for the Duke of Edinburgh Programme Val Smith congratulated the group and invited them to take up the next step â€“ the Silver Award, which includes 6 months Volunteering, Physical and Skills and a three-day/two night expedition.
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