Prince William launches new award programme

Prince William joined pupils at Llanfoist Fawr Primary School as they completed challenges including a trust-based exercise. Credit: ITV News / Mike Griffiths

The Duke of Cambridge has launched an award programme while visiting a primary school in Wales.

Prince William joined pupils as they completed challenges. Credit: PA

SkillForce's Prince William Award is aimed at helping young children between the ages of 6 and 14 to develop good character, confidence and resilience.

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HRH Prince William gave a speech to mark the start of education charity SkillForce Prince William Award (PWA) at Llanfoist Fawr Primary School in Abergavenny.

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During the visit schoolchildren demonstrated different levels of the award programme aimed at helping those aged between six and 14.

  • The Pioneer Award is for children aged six and seven and helps to develop character and teach them to understand the value of significant character traits.

  • The Explorer Award is for children aged eight to 11 - it focuses on developing character within a team and the impact individuals can make on group performance.

  • The Trailblazer Award is the third stage, which concentrates on inspiring children aged 12 to 14 with confidence as leaders, and equipping them with skills to take on responsibility.

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Prince William met students who have participated in the award scheme during its pilot year.

SkillForce works with schools to transform lives using the skills and experience of ex-services veterans.

It supports children and young people in more than 200 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales, preparing them for their next steps in education, work and life, and William became patron in 2009.