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Ellesmere College Duke of Edinburgh ambassadors named

L-R: Elise Veitch and Patrick Hey

Two Ellesmere College students will be using their leadership and management skills to guide other participants to achieve Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Awards after being nominated as official ambassadors.

Elise Veitch and Patrick Hey attended training events in Shrewsbury to bring them up to speed on what is required of their new role before heading back to the college to begin helping other students on the road to gaining their DofE Awards.

Jenna Underhill, Housemistress and Teacher of Business and Economics at Ellesmere College, said the awards were an integral part of the college co-curricular programme.

“The Duke of Edinburgh Awards have played an important role in the lives of many of our students over the years. The college is the largest single contributor to the DofE programme in the North West – and our students receive their Gold DofE Awards at Buckingham Palace each year,” she said.

“Ellesmere College prides itself on delivering a co-curricular programme which is designed to expand the life experiences of our students through a variety of activities – including taking part in the DofE Award scheme – which is as relevant and popular today as it has ever been.

“The awards have seen participation increase every year since being founded by Prince Philip in 1956. There are currently more than 460,000 young people actively involved in the scheme and last year saw almost 143,000 achieve their Bronze, Silver or Gold award – a 7.2 per cent increase on 2017.

“As a centre for the awards we can nominate up to two ambassadors who will help and guide their fellow Ellesmere College students through the programme and we have nominated Elise and Patrick.

“They already have a good understanding of what the role entails, as ambassadors must be active participants in the Gold or Silver programme, and have undertaken training sessions designed to help them fulfil that role.

“It’s an excellent initiative for Patrick and Elise to be involved in. The help they provide will prove invaluable to other award participants and they will also be advancing their own award goals by ticking off scheme requirements like volunteering, developing management and leadership skills, content creation and event planning.”

Ashley Williams, Operations Officer for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire, said: “Patrick and Elise were amazing at our training event. They were full of enthusiasm, quick to build rapport and very knowledgeable about the DofE. They make a great team and I have no doubt that they will do a brilliant job as ambassadors.”

For more information on the co-curricular programme at Ellesmere College, Shropshire, please visit: www.ellesmere.com/the-schools/all/clubs-and-societies.

More details on the DofE Awards are available at: www.dofe.org.