Duke to launch award on school tour

The Duke of Cambridge will launch a new award for primary school children as royal patron of SkillForce

The Duke of Cambridge will launch a new award for primary school children as royal patron of SkillForce

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The Duke of Cambridge will watch children tackle a playground challenge inspired by the 70th anniversary of D-Day when he visits a school today.

William is visiting Goole High School, in East Yorkshire, where he will launch a new award for primary school children as royal patron of the charity SkillForce.

SkillForce draws on the values and skills of ex-Forces personnel to inspire young people to achieve at school.

The charity said t he SkillForce Junior Prince's Award is aimed at nine and 10-year-olds, especially under-privileged children who do not have easy access to these kind of activities.

It will involve team-building and problem-solving challenges, team sports, outdoor pursuits including camping, first aid, navigation, observing remembrance and community projects.

The duke will learn how SkillForce has worked with Goole High School and local primary schools to develop this new national award programme, designed to build confidence and encourage young people to get involved in the community.

He will also see how the charity's instructors use practical, hands-on games, tasks and challenges to engage pupils.

The charity said the highlight of this will be a practical challenge on the school playground inspired by the 70th anniversary of D-Day. In the challenge - nicknamed "D-Day landing" - students will work as a team and use apparatus to build a bridge for them to cross a barrier.

Peter Cross, chief executive of SkillForce, said: "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.

"Our programme builds up the children's confidence, resilience, team work and problem solving to give them a boost before the start of new adventures and encourage them to take a more active role in their town, city or village.

"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."

Later, William will travel to West Yorkshire where he will visit the youth homeless charity Centrepoint's base in Bradford.

The duke is the royal patron of Centrepoint and he will learn about the organisation's work in Bradford before meeting young people involved in employability training workshops, designed to break the cycle of youth homelessness.

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