Bottisham Village College played host to a royal visitor on Friday when Prince Edward, the Duke of Wessex, took part in an event to celebrate this year’s diamond anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
The prince is travelling around the UK to see at first-hand the difference the scheme has made to young people and communities since it was founded by his father back in 1956. At Bottisham, he joined in with 80 young people taking part in 20 short and fun DofE related challenges in 60 minutes assisted by 40 adult DofE leaders before presenting long-service awards to seven leaders from schools in the Cambridgeshire County Council area.
Prince Edward is being followed on his travels by a TV crew who are making a documentary programme about the scheme’s diamond anniversary.
It will be presented by Philip Schofield who was also at Bottisham to hear what people had to say about an organisation which has seen nearly 2.5 million 14-24 year olds gain bronze, silver or gold awards over the past 60 years.
Two special linked events launched this year which will feature in the programme are the DofE Diamond Challenge which will allow people of all ages to set themselves a target of achieving something they can be proud of and the Diamond Ambition which will enable two million young people, of whom 400,000 will be from disadvantaged backgrounds, to take part in the scheme by 2020.
n People can sign up for the Challenge at www.DofEDiamondChallenge.org and, by doing so, help the organisation achieve its big ambition.