Record number complete Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme

Two hundred and forty young people were honoured for completing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards at a special ceremony.

This year’s celebration held at Ursuline High School on Wednesday evening (17 April) saw a record number of young people complete the scheme, up 20% on 2012. At the event they spoke about their experiences including volunteering and visits to various places in the UK such as the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Snowdonia.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Williams attended and presented certificates to each participant.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a national scheme, which provides a rewarding personal development programme for young people aged 14 to 25 years old. Participants are given the opportunity to get involved in a wide variety of leisure, learning and voluntary activities that are both challenging and enjoyable.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Williams said: “It was great to hear of all the valuable experience our young people gained through the course, which will be helpful to them in their future.”

Cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin said: “I am pleased to see more young people taking up the Duke of Edinburgh programme and congratulate all who received their gold, silver and bronze level awards.”

For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme in Merton visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/dofe or call Carol Curtis on 020 8274 5828.

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About the London Borough of Merton

An outer London borough to the south west of the capital with a population of 200,000 residents living in 80,000 households and served by 7,500 businesses. Formed in 1965, the borough’s five main town centres are Wimbledon (taking in the Village, the Broadway and South Wimbledon), Mitcham, Morden, Raynes Park and Colliers Wood.

Merton is home to the world famous All England Lawn Tennis Club, where the Wimbledon Championships take place every year bringing an extra 500,000 people into the borough for the tennis extravaganza.

In the 13th century, the Statutes of Merton, the basis of common law in England and seen by many as the forerunner for modern parliament, were signed here. In the 19th century Merton was a place of industry where famous names such as Arthur Liberty and William Morris based their businesses on the River Wandle. The Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson also lived in Merton.