On 22nd June 2015, fourteen students from the Foundation Studies department at Riverside College in Widnes, were presented with Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award certificates, by Denis Betts, Head Coach of Widnes Vikings Rugby Club.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s award aims to help participants gain new skills, confidence, and experience to prepare for employment, college or university. To achieve their awards, Riverside students took part in a variety of activities, from physical training, volunteering at a local animal rescue centre, and an arduous expedition in North Yorkshire, on the hunt for waterfalls.
Taking place at the College’s Centre Stage Theatre, the event was attended by College Principal, Mary Murphy, members of the College senior management team, parents and carers of the award recipients, and staff and students from the department.
There was a short presentation given, by the Duke of Edinburgh team, led by tutor Ewan Martin, who guided the audience through the journey the students had taken, with an informative presentation.
Denis Betts then presented the young recipients with their certificates and their lapel pins, a proud moment for all.
The foundation studies department are now looking to expand and progress the Duke of Edinburgh programme offered next year, with many of the recipients eager to sign up for the Silver Award next year, and new students signing up for the Bronze package.