Eyot Centre’s DofE Awards Scheme Still Achieving Despite Lockdowns

The Eyot Centre in Henley is home to Henley Canoe Club, Henley Dragons and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. It was a hectic end to the year as various Expedition training and Assessment sessions were slotted into the small window between lockdowns. The coaches would like to say a big thank you to all those who have assisted with this.

The DofE section of the Centre managed to get all the Bronze 2020/21 group through their training and assessments and to date 38 of the 64 have already completed their award.

The Silver group 2020/21 had a few training sessions but not enough to move forward with their practice expedition and assessments. We are pleased to confirm that they will now be taking place later this year.


Amazingly, the Gold group managed to complete their training and practice expedition but unfortunately the late October assessment was cancelled due to high winds, heavy rain and a river running on red. The DofE coaches will now look to complete this later this year and will be working around river conditions, the weather and also the students’ exams.

The students are currently all getting started on their volunteering, physical and skills sections. Thankfullythere are many ways that they can do this from home with the alternative activities being offered by DofE to meet the Coronavirus restrictions.

The intake for 2021/22 is complete; it showcases how dedicated the coaches are to leading the DofE Award Scheme to such a high standard.