The Manchester Grammar School (MGS) is welcoming Olympian and Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, Diane Modahl, as their guest of honour on Monday 27th March to present pupils with their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Fittingly, Diane, who is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF), will be presenting the MGS boys with bronze, silver and gold awards which they have earned undertaking four aspects of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Programme which include; volunteering, physical activities, a specific skill and an expedition.
Diane commented: “It is a pleasure to have been asked to take part in the MGS presentation event and I’m keen to meet the pupils who’ve achieved so much. Resilience is a key factor at DMSF, and as a registered charity, volunteering is very close to my heart too. The boys involved have proved what fine young men they are and it’s going to be a great evening.”
Eileen Thornber, Director of D of E at MGS, explains about the awards: “The tasks the boys are set are in addition to their school work, so the ability to organise themselves and manage their time effectively is of great importance. The boys undertaking the Gold Award also had to complete a five day residential on their own. Some boys walk, cycle and some canoe – they have to be very resilient as it can be very challenging finding their way without a leader in mountainous areas or on a river or large lake – as well as camping night after night.
“The motivation we witnessed to learn a new skill was highly impressive – many of the boys are now cooking and baking independently, add to that their desire to help people via the volunteering aspect, this has produced some extremely positive outcomes.”
Vivienne Horsfield, Assistant Head at MGS, said: ““We are absolutely delighted that Diane will be coming to the Manchester Grammar School for our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Presentation Evening. As one of Britain’s most successful 800m runners, it will be rich reward for our boys – who have put in so much time and effort – to receive their awards from an athlete of Diane’s calibre.
“The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation does a fantastic job in giving young people a sense of purpose through sport, and that is something that is close to our hearts here at MGS. We actively encourage our boys to pursue co-curricular activities outside the classroom, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, not only to make them well-rounded young men but also so they can give something back to their communities, so it’s fitting that Diane will be here to reward these boys for their achievements.”