THE fifth annual Get Berkshire Active awards took place in Reading and amongst the winners was one of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) teams.

The Outdoor Education Project and Riverside Girls Group won the Youth Engagement Project of the Year award.

This supportive programme enables young girls from ethnic minority backgrounds to engage in outdoor activities, such as camping and navigation, plus developing teamwork in order to take part in the DofE award.

The girls completed six weeks of indoor wall climbing and six weeks of basketball fitness for their DofE physical section, as well as walking navigation and camping in preparation for the two-day expedition.

Councillor Natasha Airey, lead member for children’s services, said: “Well done to all the girls and their leaders, our youth services and the intensive family support teams for all their hard work.

“This award is so very well deserved and the girls were thrilled to be recognised in this way.

“Their project has already been tremendous fun and really challenged them, and to get an award on top of this is such a bonus.”