Prince Edward continued his father’s legacy on Monday by promoting the Duke of Edinburgh Award during visits to Blackpool and Preston. The Earl of Wessex met with many Duke of Edinburgh scheme participants in order to discover what their experiences of the programme had been.
He visited a number of different places across Blackpool in order to meet young people taking part in the programme.
The royal started the day by visiting Thames Primary School who were getting started on their awards before visiting South Shore Academy.
At South Shore he had the opportunity to talk to current scheme participants about their experiences.
The Earl also had the opportunity to hear about the skills that pupils are learning for their award such as photography.
Amy Leach, the DoE manager at South Shore has devised a programme that provides support for low-income students to be able to complete their awards.
Following this the Earl went to The Oracle where award participants were helping to pick up litter in the community.
The late Duke of Edinburgh established the award scheme in 1956 in the UK and it quickly spread to other countries.
Those participating in the DoE can choose to reach Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
In 1987 he was made a UK Trustee of the International Award Association.
He also became the Chair of the Trustees for the International Council.
In 2015 the Earl was made made the Chairman of the Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
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