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Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh (Gold Award) requires commitment, passion and a lot of determination. In addition to the expedition, candidates are required to complete four other sections; physical, skill, volunteering and a residential. These are all time scaled from 6 months to a massive 18 months, implying the true dedication that is required.

All these activities include opportunities you would never imagine to associate with this award. For example, multiple candidates completed the National Citizen Service for their residential; within this, they had the opportunity to live in university accommodation, venture in outdoor activities and hold charitable events to benefit the local community.

A memorable charitable event was held by Weronika Oleszczuk, Becky Oxtoby plus the rest of Team Sassy. The NCS team organised a Battle of the Bands event held at Eiger Studios. The event provided local Leeds artists to perform and raise awareness of mental health issues that young people face in Leeds. To promote the event the team attending Breeze events, held car washes in Headingley and much more. The team raised over £1000 to give to an organisation called Angel of Youth. However, Team Sassy have decided to create their own department within the charity so that they can continue to host such successful events. Not only did the event benefit the charity, but the winning artists (The Indigo Project) won a 6 hour recording studio session, therefore a small local band has been given the chance to grow!

So when you read the word 'residential', don't assume a boring few nights away from home. You have the opportunity to do near enough anything you want to. Make your mark on the world and do something unique and unforgettable!The Duke of Edinburgh (Gold Award) requires commitment, passion and a lot of determination. In addition to the expedition, candidates are required to complete four other sections; physical, skill, volunteering and a residential. These are all time scaled from 6 months to a massive 18 months, implying the true dedication that is required.

Rebecca, Yr13