Altrincham FC are both excited and proud to announce that it will be continuing into its THIRD year (2017-18) as a Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Centre and will be offering local young people the opportunity to complete the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards via a structured and supportive programme.

As you will be well aware, completing the DofE award will provide young people with an edge in an ever increasingly competitive world. It says something about the character and wider skills of a young person that both further and higher education institutes, as a well future employers, value highly.

Places for our current term are now closed. To register interest for our 2018-19 programme, please scroll further below to find out more information.

For further information on each course, follow the links below. Alternatively, you can call: 0161 928 1045 or email: dofe@altrinchamfootballclub.co.uk

Bronze 2017-18

TRAINING (On site at AFC): Sunday evenings 6.00-7.00pm (GROUP A), 7.00-8.00pm (GROUP B)

Phase 1: 14/01/18 – 04/02/18

Phase 2: 18/02/18 – 11/03/18

BOWDON PRACTICE WALKS:

Group A: Sunday 15th April 4.00 – 6.30pm

Group B: Sunday 22nd April 4.00 – 6.30pm

CASTLETON PRACTICE EXPEDITION:

Planning meetings: Sunday 20th May 6.00-7.00pm (GROUP A), 7.00-8.00pm (GROUP B)

Expedition: Saturday 26th May – Sunday 27th May

MARPLE BRIDGE QUALIFYING EXPEDITION:

Saturday 30th June – Sunday 1st July

Silver 2017-18

TRAINING (On site at AFC):

Direct Booster: 10/02/18 2.00 – 5.00pm

All Silver: 03/03/18 2.00 – 5.00pm

STOCKPORT PRACTICE WALKS:

Saturday 10th March 10.00am – 3.00pm

CASTLETON PRACTICE EXPEDITION:

Friday 23rd March – Sunday 25th March

QUALIFYING EXPEDITION:

Saturday 5th May – Monday 7th May

Gold 2017-18

TRAINING (On site at AFC):

Saturday 16th June 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Planning Meeting: Monday 27th August: GROUP A (4.00pm – 6.00pm), GROUP B (6.00pm – 8.00pm

Additional initial qualifying expedition location/route planning meetings (April/May TBC)

HILL TRAINING:

Saturday 14th July 10.00am – 4.00pm

CASTLETON PRACTICE EXPEDITION:

Saturday 21st July – Tuesday 24th July

QUALIFYING EXPEDITION:

Wednesday 29th August – Saturday 1st September

REGISTRATION

We are now accepting registrations of interest for the 2018-19 programme. Any interested participant MUST fill in a registration form, due to high demand, we advise you do this as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. All registered participants must then attend our open evenings in Autumn, after which, we will offer places out on a first come first served basis.

OPEN EVENINGS

All our open evenings are held at Altrincham FC Community Sports Hall, J.Davidson Stadium, Moss Lane, Altrincham, WA15 8AP. Altrincham FC have a designated DofE leader who will go through all the information and dates that participants will need and also answer any questions you may have. It is essential that participants and parents attend this evening so they fully understand what is entailed in each course.

Bronze: Sunday 23rd September 2018 6.00pm-8.00pm

Silver: Sunday 14th October 2018 6.00pm-7.00pm

Gold: Sunday 14th October 2018 7.00pm-8.00pm

COURSE BASICS

All expeditions are planned around weekend and school holiday periods with an approximate 5-6 week gap between each one for continuity. All expeditions take place in the Peak District, apart from the gold qualifying in the Yorkshire Dales. Once you have been offered a place, you will be asked to fill in further forms and make payment in full.

Bronze

Ages 14+

May/June (Whit) and June/July

£210-230 TBC

Silver

Ages 15+

March and April (Easter)

£270-290 TBC

Gold

Ages 16+

July and August (Summer)

£335-355 TBC

Thanks for all your organising and the time the whole family has given to this – it all seemed incredibly well organised!! Thanks for making it such an enjoyable and positive experience for Henry (despite the rain!) Please send my thanks to the volunteer parents too.

We want to thank you for organising the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, and particularly the expedition. Alex has loved being involved and meeting new people, and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the camping trip, which sounded fantastic. We’ve both been hugely impressed with your organisation, patient communication with parents and your ability to manage a group of teenagers! Many, many thanks for giving up your time to do this. It’s much appreciated.

I just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work getting the group through this and the way you have kept the parents informed of what is happening. The pictures are great.

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