Northampton Town have become the first club within the partnership between the Duke of Edinburgh and The Football League to achieve their Bronze Awards.

Currently 23 Football League clubs have signed up to the scheme which is dedicated to the personal development of young people via a series of highly rewarding challenges which are staggered in Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

And 15 members of the Northampton Town Multi-disabled Football Club have been the first to clinch their awards which were presented at Sixfields on 14th October by first team players Craig Hinton and Dean Beckwith.

"It was an honour to be present at Sixfields for the DofE presentation to the young people of Northampton," said Mike Evans, Regional Community Manager for The Football League Trust.

"This group overcame some incredible challenges to complete their Bronze Award, working together as a tightly knit team and proving that nothing is impossible.

"It was a very humbling experience to hear their stories and made me proud that The Football League Trust has been able to support this programme.

"I want to give huge congratulations to all the young people involved, and a special thanks to club captain Craig Hinton and Dean Beckwith for giving up their evening to present the awards."

The team were led by Northampton's Football in the Community Project Manager, Russell Lewis and Margaret Hillyer, the club's DofE Coordinator, through a series of tough challenges to reach the Bronze standard.

"All of the group intend to move on now and achieve their Silver Award," added Evans.

"And with Russell and Margaret's help I am sure they will all go on and achieve even bigger and better things."

To date, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has helped 4 million people in the UK and celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2006.

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