What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?
The DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching a screen and life pass you by.
If you aren’t 14 yet but are in the school year in which your peer group turn fourteen, you may be able to start a Bronze DofE programme - check with your DofE Leader.
Similarly, if you aren’t 15 yet, but are in the school year in which your peer group turn fifteen, you may be able to start a Silver DofE programme - check with your DofE Leader.
Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.
- Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
- Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
- Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
- Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.
- At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing shared activity.
How do I achieve a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?
Young people will achieve a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award if they show persistence, commitment and personal development over a period of time. Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed. The result is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, recognised by employers and universities alike. The best bit is – the participants get to choose what to do!
Your programme can be full of activities and projects that will get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll enjoy experiences, make friends and develop talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life. To inspire you to the possibilites, watch this film made by the 2017 Eccles RFC DofE Gold Award group who undertook an expedition to France Somme 101: Footsteps of the Pals
Eccles RFC was the first rugby club in the country to start the DofE programme. The scheme was established in honour of Christopher Tickle who was posthumously awarded the DofE Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip in 2010. Since 2011, 48 of the club’s young people have achieved the prestigious DofE Gold Award, 60 have achieved Silver and 100 have achieved Bronze awards – a testament to the hard work and commitment of the participants and the team of volunteer leaders.
How can I support the Eccles RFC DofE Award?
Eccles RFC is a non-profit, volunteer-run community Rugby Club with a mission to support, inspire and deliver change in Salford.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a charity reliant on the generous support of businesses to meet it's commitment to help young people to provide a valuable contribution to local communities and develop skills highly regarded by employers. For more details on how to become involved and make a difference by supporting the DofE award scheme at Eccles RFC, contact Mark Baines on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the DofE Award levels?
- Bronze - for those aged 14+ years
- Silver - for those aged 15+ years
- Gold - for those aged 16+ years
- Volunteering section: 3 months
- Physical section: 3 months
- Skills section: 3 months
- Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
- You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.
- Volunteering section: 6 months
- Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
- Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights
- If you didn't do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
- Volunteering section: 12 months
- Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
- Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
- Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
- If you didn't do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.