Congratulations to the thirteen Eccles RFC players (Matthew Parkinson, Daniel Aspinall, Harry Candland, Joshua Green, Brad Palmer, Edward Hampson, Matthew Walker, Joseph Rapinett, Max Riley, Jack Williams, Molly Wild, Freya Waterhouse, Megan Trownson) who received their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards at Buckingham Palace this week.
The glorious sunshine and luscious lawns of the Royal presentation provided a memorable conclusion to their 4-year journey requiring dedicated effort and commitment to volunteering and physical activities, learning new skills and undertaking residential, trekking and expeditionary experiences.
Last July ten Eccles RFC U18s were presented with their DofE Gold Awards at Buckingham Palace. In total, the club has now seen 48 of its young people receive the prestigious Gold Award and is justifiably proud of every one of them.
Eccles RFC were the first rugby club in the UK to offer the Duke of Edinburgh award programme to its players. 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, the club’s young people have achieved over 100 DofE Bronze awards and over 60 DofE Silver awards – a testament to the hard work and commitment of the participants and the Eccles team of volunteer leaders.
If you’d like to know more about the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at Eccles RFC, or you’d like to support it’s work, please contact Mark Baines.