student to be a Duke of Edinburgh Award Ambassador

Wednesday June 15, 2022

Sixth Form student, Anders, is to become a Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) Ambassador, one of just 30 young people chosen from around the UK. Anders, who has been at Concord since Form 3 is currently completing his Gold DofE and was selected by the national Duke of Edinburgh Award team to take on this special role. The Ambassador programme, now in its second year, aims to draw upon the experiences and hopes of young DofE participants to both promote and develop the programme. Concord's Mr Andrew Weaver, one of the College's DofE coordinators said: “Anders has already completed the Bronze and Silver levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.  This year he has been a tremendous help supporting the Form 3 students with their Bronze awards, and particularly their expedition training and whilst they have been on expeditions.  It is a great honour for him to be appointed as one of 30 DofE UK Ambassadors which will see him promoting the Award across the UK and working with students from other schools and colleges to further the Duke of Edinburgh’s aims of getting young people to be active and take responsibility for the world around them.” The Ambassadors will meet virtually for weekly workshops between June 2022 and May 2023 and benefit from skills sessions, hear from inspirational speakers and have the chance to implement creative campaigns and even to represent DofE at live events. They form an important way for DofE to ensure that the voices of a diverse range of young people from all backgrounds in the UK are heard and will also be able to play a part in shaping the future of DofE. Anders chose to apply because he wanted to share his experience and to encourage other young people to join DofE. He said: “My experience allowed me to grow as a person. The process of doing my DofE has left me eager to inspire and encourage even more people to take part and to give back to DofE and the community.” Speaking of his DofE journey, Anders commented: “The DofE has been an integral part of my character-building since starting my Bronze level in Form 3. One of my highlights is the opportunities it gives me to explore what I can be capable of and things that I’ve never thought I would achieve before. For instance, in my Bronze 'physical' section, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed horse riding and the journeys through picturesque yellow rapeseed fields and narrow country lanes in the summer.” In taking on the role of Ambassador, Anders is keen to meet other young DofE enthusiasts like himself and find out about why they chose to be involved. “'I’m looking forward to finding out about the different DofE experiences they had and the challenges they overcame throughout the process. I'm also excited about representing the DofE in different events and speaking to the media!” Concord’s Principal, Dr Michael Truss, said of Anders: “It is a wonderful achievement to be selected as a national DofE Ambassador. Anders has a genuine enthusiasm for DofE and what it can do for young people. I am delighted that he has been recognised and that his voice will be part of the conversation helping to make DofE even better for a wide range of participants in future.”