Duke of Edinburgh
Help young people gain essential skills, experience, confidence and resilience to successfully navigate adult life.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh first considered the idea of a national programme to support young people’s development in the autumn of 1954 at the request of his inspiring former headmaster, Kurt Hahn.In the post-war era, His Royal Highness wanted to bridge the gap between leaving formal education at 15 and entering into National Service at 18, so that young men made the best use of their free time, found interests and acquired self-confidence and a sense of purpose that would support them into their future and help them to become well-rounded citizens. In 1956 The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for boys started. The programme was made up of rescue and public service, expedition, pursuits and projects and fitness.