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Hard-working youth of today recognised at Achievement Awards

Hard-working youth of today recognised at Achievement Awards

Gemma Davidson

Hard-working youth of today recognised at Achievement Awards

Dozens of hard-working young people from across Maidenhead and Windsor have been recognised.

The Royal Borough held its Youth Achievement Awards at the Magnet Leisure Centre in Holmanleaze on Monday night.

The borough's head of education, strategy & commissioning, David Scott, welcomed the recipients and their families to the awards.

Many of the young people were receiving their bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Awards.

Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN) achievements, which include music and volunteering projects, were also recognised.

Sally Vaughan, who coordinates the DofE programme at Newlands Girls' School, in Farm Road, said: "We had around 32 girls who completed the bronze award this year.

"There are a number of activities, including volunteering and physical activities, which are completely down to the girls, and we help them organise their expeditions."

She added: "It is a really big deal for the girls, for a lot of them the expedition is the first time they have had to look after themselves and to complete it is a huge achievement.

"It's a huge commitment for them, but it's also a huge commitment for the staff who need to be specially trained to be able to help out with expeditions and all the activities, so they deserve recognition too.

"We are very proud of the girls, and we hope they will go on to complete their silver award in the future."

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