Uckfield College students were among the first in East Sussex to receive the Prince William Award yesterday.
Eighteen Year 7 and 8 students have been through a Trailblazer course to help them build character, resilience, and confidence, and empower them to “be their best”.
The scheme was sponsored by Uckfield-based TR Fastenings and parents watched as the youngsters were presented with certificates and medals, and heard a message from award patron Prince William, at the Youth Centre in Downsview Crescent.
Kevin Smith, pastoral lead for Year 8 at Uckfield College, also accepted a Prince William Award plaque to be displayed at the school.
The year-long course, which began for some of the students when they were at primary school, was run by Anton Krakowski of SkillForce, a national education charity which supports ex-Forces personnel providing training and the opportunity for them to become qualified instructors.
Anton, who used to be in the Army, told Uckfield News that about 30 children started the course and 18 of them went on to complete the award.
He hopes some of them will become mentors for a new intake of students and said he was grateful to TR Fastenings for agreeing to sponsor the award for a second year.
• There are three different levels of the Prince William Award. Pioneer is for children, minimum age six, which is about developing character; Explorer, minimum age eight, about developing character within a team, and Trailblazer, minimum age 12, focuses on leadership and responsibility.