10 Apr 2021

Paralympian Hannah Cockroft: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme ‘life changing’

Europe Editor and Presenter

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme remains one of the Duke’s most enduring legacies. Its participants – mainly schoolchildren – take part in outdoor expeditions, learn new practical skills and volunteer in their communities.

Since being founded in 1956, the scheme has seen over three million participants achieve awards in the UK. In the year to March 2020, over a quarter of 14 year olds in the UK started a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.

Globally, over a million young people in more than 130 countries are currently involved in its programmes.

We’re joined by Paralympian wheelchair sprinter Hannah Cockroft, who credits taking part in the scheme with her success in later life.