How does the scheme work?
1. Participating groups regularly select a young person to receive an Achievement Award.
2. The nomination and selection processes are led by the young people within your organisation.
3. When a winner is selected they are publicly congratulated for their achievement and receive:
4. Award winners are further recognised by attending one of our celebration events where they are congratulated on stage in front of friends and family.
5. In order to make this run smoothly, each school or club has a ‘coordinator’ who is responsible for the internal management and overseeing of the scheme in the school. This person can be in regular contact with our Grants Officers to gain support and advice.
What are the benefits of being part of the scheme?
Organisations on the scheme have told us about the benefits to their members / students:
“We have worked hard at installing a sense of club loyalty and pride in our Young Athletes in the hope that it would increase membership retention. This has worked better than expected...The Achievement Award scheme has played a major part in this, not only in enabling us to purchase equipment that enhances the 'athletics experience' but also in the monthly presentations which are eagerly anticipated by our members.”
“In short over the last five years the school community has benefited enormously from the work, generosity and inspiration of the Jack Petchey Foundation. Not just in monetary terms via the provision of resources for all pupils to use, but via the development of individual children and young people. Many of our girls, given the school’s high poverty deprivation index, would not otherwise have experienced the various activities and more importantly the growth in their self-belief which the Foundation in its various guises has provided. We would recommend the scheme to any school or institution for young people who are thinking of joining, as far as we are concerned there are no downsides to this partnership.”
St Ursula's Convent School
And importantly so, through the voices of the award winners themselves:
Nicole, aged 16, received an Achievement Award from her school for the excellent progress she’s made in her Life Skills coursework and for her fantastic contribution through performing. She explained the difference the award had made to her: “It’s very important to me because it shows me how well I have done in my school work and my singing at school; it’s given me confidence in myself”.
Wasim, aged 17, received an Achievement Award for his teamwork, positive attitude and the contributions he made to his school’s Peace Week. He said, “Jack Petchey really cares about the youth of today. He is investing in the future, not only in a financial way. By celebrating young people’s achievements, he is providing the impetus to go on to achieve further success – which is what I hope to do!
I strongly believe in Jack Petchey’s motto, ‘If you think you can, you can’. Young people need to set themselves reachable targets and grasp the opportunities that come their way to be successful in the future!”
How many awards do schools / youth organisations give out?
Organisations on the Achievement Award will either be on the Bronze, Silver or Gold level of the scheme.
Those on Bronze level will give out three awards each year (£750)
Those on Silver level will give out six awards each year (£1,500)
Those on Gold level will give out nine awards each year (£2,250)
Grants Officers assess the level of participation for an organisation based on the following factors: