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Duke of Cambridge launches award during Wednesday visit

During his visit Wednesday to Goole High School in East Yorkshire, The Duke of Cambridge launched new award for primary school children as royal patron of the charity SkillForce.

SkillForce is based on the values and skills of ex-Forces personnel to encourage young people to succeed at school. The SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award is targeted at nine and 10-year-olds, particularly disadvantaged children who do not have easy access to these type of activities.

The scheme will consist of team-building and problem-solving challenges, team sports, outdoor activities incorporating camping, first aid, navigation and community projects.

Whilst there, William learned how SkillForce has worked with Goole High School and area primary schools to expand this new national award programme. He also witnessed the hands-on games, challenges and various tasks the charity’s trainers use to engage and educate the participants.

William watched as students participated in a challenged appropriately called “D-Day landing” where they used materials to construct a bridge to cross a barrier.

“SkillForce is hugely excited that The Duke will launch our SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award. The award is designed to engage younger learners in exciting lessons, challenges and community projects that prepare them for secondary education, a time when some students can begin to lose their way,” Peter Cross, chief executive of SkillForce commented.

Cross mentioned: “It’s SkillForce’s 10th birthday, and we are honoured that our royal patron has marked the occasion by lending his support to the Junior Prince’s Award for roll-out across the country.”

After his visit to Goole High School, William travelled to West Yorkshire to visit the youth homeless charity Centrepoint’s base in Bradford.

Patron of Centrepoint since 2005, William was able to learn about the organisation’s work in Bradford before meeting young people involved in employability training workshops. They were designed to break the cycle of youth homelessness.

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