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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Royal award for the 'inspirational' Apex Challenge

The Apex Challenge has been given Royal approval with a prestigious award from the Duke of York's Community Initiative.

This special award is presented annually by HRH Prince Andrew to community groups and charities from across Yorkshire who, following rigorous assessment, are deemed to be: “of real value to the community, well run and an inspiration to others.”

Three members of the Apex Challenge team received the award at a glittering ceremony at Huddersfield University, where the Duke had chance to meet the recipients, and asked about how our unique events worked. Matt Richards, James Webster and Richard Garrett spent the day meeting other recipients of the award from a wide range of charities across Yorkshire, and got the chance to speak directly to Prince Andrew about the charity's events.

This acclaimed recognition followed a lengthy assessment period during 2015 where assessors spent time looking at how the Apex Challenge combines technology and adventure. Two of the award's assessors visited the Apex Challenge event at Bramham Park in 2015 to see the competition for themselves.

The citation received by the Apex Challenge read: "The Apex Challenge combines outdoor adventure with the very latest cutting edge technology. The activities cover mental, physical and team challenges such as problem solving, high wire courses, caving and canoeing. Since its formation in 2002 the charity has held 22 different events across the whole of the north of England - each involving up to 500 people."

His Royal Highness the Duke of York said, "Over the years the Initiative had sought to extend its remit so that now it not only recognises and rewards outstanding community work but in so doing seeks to enhance society by encouraging award holders to continue to do all they can to break down barriers between both organisations and people."

Event Director Matt Richards said, "It's been fantastic to meet Prince Andrew, and it is a great honour to get recognition like this. It is an award for all the dozens of volunteers who work so hard to make Apex Challenge events such a success. We've managed to build an amazing team with a huge range of skills, and we are very proud that this has been reflected with this prestigious award."

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