Softball NSW is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia, which is designed to provide young people involved in Softball and other communities the opportunity to take part in the world’s leading youth development program.
Now recognised as an official Award provider, Softball NSW through the Duke4Sport program will have the opportunity to work directly with young people through Softball clubs, Associations and Schools across three of the four key areas that contribute to achieving this internationally recognised Award.
Current Softball NSW participants can also enhance their ability to tap into volunteer hours, because young people who participate in Softball and the Award can do their volunteering component at their Club or Association and assist at competitions.
Softball NSW CEO Daniel Rushworth is delighted with the partnership “We want our young people to be inspired and achieve their goals not only within Softball, but off the diamond as well. The Award provides a fantastic opportunity on two fronts for our sport and youth, in creating opportunities for tomorrows leaders to gain exposure and achievement in the award and through their actions in assisting our grass roots clubs and Associations in delivering our sport through the volunteer effort”
Rushworth added “The synergies between the Award and our Sport are there to be seen and we look forward to providing valuable experiences such as leadership, resilience, teamwork and communication. We implore our youth membership, clubs and Associations to activate themselves into the Award for these mutual benefits!”
Softball NSW was recognised at a formal reception on the 12th September as an official Duke4Sport Partner by His Royal Highness the Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KGC GCVO who is the Chair of The Board of Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
What does the Award involve?
The Award is open to all young people aged 14 to 24, involving three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold, and four sections (five for gold) to be completed per level – Physical Recreation, Skill, Service, Adventurous Journey, and Residential Project (Gold only). Achieving an Award recognises individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement.
What are the impacts and benefits of the Award?
Through this challenging journey of self-discovery, Award Participants:
- Are equipped and empowered to achieve their personal best
- Learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices
- Become connected to and actively engaged within their immediate community.
- Make a real difference to society through their positive contributions and involvement
- Learn to persevere and overcome barriers to success
- Learn important life skills such as communication, resilience, leadership and teamwork, which increases their career opportunities
- Participate in an international Award in which the value is recognised by employers and tertiary institutions.
How Can You Get Involved?