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DELIVERING DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD EXPEDITIONS TO SCHOOLS AND YOUTH ORGANISATIONS.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme has changed the lives of thousands of young people across the UK, its combination of personal development, challenge and achievement making it a unique experience. The importance of the scheme is undeniable, but the ever-increasing demands for Health and Safety and risk assessment make it difficult for schools and youth organisations to offer it with confidence.

Sam Sykes™ Ltd was set up to reverse this trend by delivering professionally led Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions across the UK and overseas. With over thirty years' experience in organising and leading DofE Award expeditions at BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD level, the Sam Sykes™ team understands the importance of safety in all areas of expeditions. The combination of practical experience, legislative knowledge and a thirst for adventure allows the Sam Sykes™ team to deliver bespoke DofE expeditions that will challenge participants without ever compromising their safety. Sam Sykes™ has run expeditions across the UK, including the Lake District, Peak District and North Wales, as well as across Europe and the rest of the world.

The benefits of using Sam Sykes'™ professional expedition service are clear. Young people taking part in the scheme enjoy a challenging and affirming experience delivered by dedicated and qualified leaders. Schools and youth organisations, meanwhile, gain peace of mind from knowing that their expedition groups are in safe hands and that the Sam Sykes™ team has a wealth of experience with the DofE scheme.

Fully Licenced and Insured

Sam Sykes™ Ltd is licenced and approved by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) – your guarantee that every outdoor activity is designed within rigorous guidelines and delivered with a focus on the safety and well-being of all participants. The company is insured through Activities Industry Mutual.

A Flexible Approach to DofE Expeditions

The Sam Sykes™ team can be involved as much or as little as you wish, providing a unique experience for every organisation. From planning, administration and training through to assessments, supervision and equipment provision as well as delivering the expedition itself, Sam Sykes™ offers a complete suite of expedition services should you need them. If, however, you only require the expedition guide services, this can be arranged too. The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is a life-changing event, and with Sam Sykes™ you can rely on expeditions being delivered to the high standards that today's young people deserve.

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  • "THE PUPILS HAD A FANTASTIC TIME - I WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH THEIR EXPEDITION SKILLS AND IT'S THANKS
    TO YOUR PROFESSIONALISM AND EXPERT TEACHING."

    Penny Rimmer
    Assistant Leader of Physical Education / SSCO
    Highfield Humanities College

  • “WE HAVE FOUND SAM SYKES’ COMPANY TO BE OUTSTANDING AND VERY PROFESSIONAL. THE CARE AND ATTENTION THE PUPILS RECEIVED AS WELL AS THE EXPERTISE WAS SECOND TO NONE. SAM SYKES DEFINITELY MADE THE D OF E BRONZE EXPERIENCE A MEMORABLE AND ENJOYABLE ONE. THE PLANNING, RISK ASSESSMENT AND ALL THE PAPERWORK WE WOULD NORMALLY DO WAS TAKEN CARE OF BY THE SAM
    SYKES’ TEAM. THIS SAVED US A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF TIME AND WE CAN’T THANK HIM OR HIS STAFF ENOUGH.”

    Adele Lawson - OLSC manchester

  • "SAM SYKES HAS PROVIDED A TOP QUALITY SERVICE FOR OUR DOFE EXPEDITIONS THIS YEAR. ALWAYS READY TO ACCOMMODATE ANY SITUATION SAM IS FLEXIBLE AND PROFESSIONAL AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO OUR FUTURE EXPEDITIONS WITH HIS COMPANY."

    isobel Riley - Rossall School

  • “OUR STUDENTS HAVE HAD WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS THE ‘TIME OF THEIR LIVES’ ON THEIR EXPEDITIONS. TEACHERS WERE ABLE TO ALSO TAKE PART IN SOME CANOEING WHICH WE FOUND TO BE OUTSTANDING. THE SKILLS STUDENTS DEMONSTRATED WERE EXCEPTIONAL, WHICH IS DOWN TO THE PROFESSIONALISM AND EXPERTISE OF YOUR INSTRUCTORS.”

    Colette murphy - EPCHS

  • “WORKING WITH SAM’S COMPANY IS A REALLY ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE. THEY HAVE GOT REALLY WELL TRAINED STAFF ... COMMUNICATION WITH SAM’S COMPANY IS BRILLIANT. THEY ARE AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE...I COULDN’T ASK FOR ANYTHING BETTER!”

    Andrew Dow - LSA

  • "IT HAS BEEN A REAL PLEASURE TO WORK WITH SAM SYKES AND HIS INSTRUCTORS... AS THE TEACHER IN CHARGE OF THE AWARD AT SCHOOL IT IS REASSURING TO KNOW THAT THE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN TAUGHT SO WELL ON THEIR PRACTICE EXPEDITION... THE ORGANISATION AND PAPER TRAIL HAS BEEN MADE AS EASY TO FOLLOW AS POSSIBLE AND THIS HAS HELPED WITH THE ORGANISATION OF A LARGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WISHING TO UNDERTAKE THE AWARD AT VARIOUS LEVELS.
    AT GOLD LEVEL I FEEL THE STUDENTS HAVE GAINED MANY GENERIC SKILLS THAT SHOULD FOSTER AN APPRECIATION OF THE OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENT AND A DESIRE TO UNDERTAKE MANY MORE EXPEDITIONS IN THE FUTURE."

    Nick O’Loughlin - Arnold School

  • “APPROACHABLE, ALWAYS AVAILABLE ON THE END OF THE PHONE, YOU HAVE OBVIOUSLY HAD LOTS AND LOTS OF EXPERIENCE OF DOING D OF E... I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND YOU”

    Michelle Whitehead - Beech House School

  • "I HAD NOT REALISED WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT WOULD MAKE HAVING AN EXPERT WITH US WHO TOOK AWAY THE STRESS AND WORRY OF LOOKING AFTER DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD GROUPS."

    Anthea Young - HSFG Gloucester

  • "SAM SYKES AND HIS TEAM PROVIDED ALL THE TRAINING FOR OUR EXPEDITION. HE HAD AN EXCELLENT MANNER WITH THE GIRLS, BEING EXTREMELY APPROACHABLE, ENTHUSIASTIC AND KNOWLEDGEABLE WHILST BEING TOTALLY PROFESSIONAL. NOTHING WAS TOO MUCH TROUBLE. THE GIRLS HAD EVERY CONFIDENCE IN HIM AND I WAS DELIGHTED TO HAVE SOMEONE WHO COULD DO ALL THE NECESSARY PREPARATION WORK FOR ME. I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT HIM. HE IS UTTERLY RELIABLE, RESOURCEFUL AND HARD WORKING. HE GOT THE BEST OUT OF THE GIRLS. I RECOMMEND HIM MOST HIGHLY TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR A COMPANY TO DO OUTDOOR TRAINING."

    Sue Moody - St.George’s Ascot

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