19 April 2018
Prince Edward endorses youth programs

(Picture) YMCA SA General Manager, Andrew Mundy with Prince Edward during the royal visit to the John McVeity Centre on 17 April.

 

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, gave a glowing endorsement of the youth programs run at the John McVeity Centre (JMC) and supported by the YMCA, during his visit to the City of Playford recreation centre on Tuesday April 17.

The Prince was a special guest in his role as the trustee and promoter for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Foundation.

The awards were founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Edward’s father Prince Phillip and have since been expanded to 144 nations. The awards recognise adolescents and young adults for completing a series of self-improvement exercises.

During the visit, Tony Moore, the founder of local youth engagement program, Hoops 4 Life, was one of two facilitators to be presented with the Duke’s Sport initiative award.

YMCA South Australia General Manager, Andrew Mundy, said the royal visit and the award presentation would help promote the extraordinary work done at the centre through the partnership between the YMCA and the City of Playford.

“It was a great honour for Prince Edward to visit JMC and our staff and members in attendance were very impressed with his knowledge of youth programs and obvious commitment to their support,” he said.

“The Hoops 4 Life program has been wonderful for local youth in our community and it’s had a positive impact throughout the City of Playford. The YMCA is proud to be able to work with Tony and the Playford community to facilitate programs that engage disadvantaged and disconnected youth.”

After being officially welcomed by Mayor of Playford, Glenn Docherty, Prince Edward acknowledged the vital work undertaken by Mr Moore and others in running programs that were aimed at helping local youth.

“The partnership with the Dukes award is not changing anything about the work that the (programs) are doing, but hopefully this award can give greater accreditation for the magnificent work that is done outside the classroom,” he said. “Hopefully it helps these young people in their future life and career and helps more to become involved.”

A plaque at JMC was unveiled commending the 30th anniversary of the Hoops 4 Life program. Mr Moore said he wanted to grow programs like Hoops 4 Life, as it had demonstrated what young people could achieve in the local community when they have guidance, acceptance and understanding.

“We want to build this to the next level and get the programs launched in other communities,” he said. “These are our young people and they are our future. A little effort can go such a long way.”

 

For further information contact:

 

Brad Kingsbury

Media Manager

YMCA South Australia

Mobile: 0419 547 553

Email: brad.kingsbury@ymca.org.au

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