The Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award contributes to the personal development of young Australians between 14-24 years old through each of the Award Sections, with the Physical Recreation component encouraging participants to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. The Award is administered in NSW by the Office of Sport.
NSW Touch Football is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia, which is designed to provide young people involved in Touch Football and other communities the opportunity to take part in the world’s leading youth development program. The partnership was recognised at a formal reception on the 12th of September 2019 as an official Duke 4Sport Partner by His Royal Highness the Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KGC GCVO who is the current Chair of The Board of Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
NSW Touch Football General Manager Dean Russell stated “The NSW Touch Association is delighted to partner with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award to provide leadership opportunities to our membership network. Our next generation of sport and community leaders from all around NSW can only benefit from being involved with such a prestigious program. The synergies between the Award and our Sport are clear and we look forward to facilitating valuable experiences such as leadership, resilience, teamwork and communication. We encourage our youth members and Affiliated Associations to activate themselves into the Award via a local Award Centre for these mutual benefits.”
As an official Award provider through the Duke 4Sport program, NSW Touch Football will have the opportunity to work directly with youth participants through our Affiliated Associations and High Schools across three of the four key areas that contribute to achieving this internationally recognised Award.
How can I get involved?
The Duke 4Sport partnership creates a link between Touch Football activities within an Affiliated NSW Touch Football Association and three Sections of the Award (Physical Recreation, Voluntary Service, Skill Development).
Current Touch Football participants get involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Award by having their hours dedicated to playing, helping out at their affiliate or developing skills accredited as part of the aforementioned Sections of the Award.
What does the Award involve?
The Award is open to young Australians aged 14 to 24, involving three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold, and four sections (five for gold) to be completed per level – Physical Recreation, Skill, Service, Adventurous Journey, and Residential Project (Gold only). Achieving an Award recognises individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement.
For more information about the Award, please visit: About the Duke of Edinburgh Award
What are the benefits of the Award?
Through this challenging journey of self-discovery, Award Participants:
- Are equipped and empowered to achieve their personal best
- Learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices
- Become connected to and actively engaged within their immediate community.
- Make a real difference to society through their positive contributions and involvement
- Learn to persevere and overcome barriers to success
- Learn important life skills such as communication, resilience, leadership and teamwork, which increases their career opportunities
- Participate in an international Award in which the value is recognised by employers and tertiary institutions.