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The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the world’s leading youth achievement Award which gives young people aged 14-24 years the opportunity to be the best they can be.

Bryson LaganSports are an approved Duke of Edinburgh Open Award Centre in Belfast,offering young individuals the opportunity to complete the DofE when the Award is not available through the usual channels of school, university or local organisations. Everyone is welcome.

At Bryson LaganSports we offer Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and include the support and experience of staff and volunteers who have been through the Award themselves.

What’s included in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Open Programme?

  • Registration & Welcome Pack
  • DofE online account
  • Expedition option of hill walking, canoeing or kayaking
  • Some specialised equipment
  • Expedition options for the Island of Ireland
  • Meet ups to check programme progress and design routes for expedition
  • Approval as sections are completed
  • Expedition assessor
  • Access to accounts to allow personal equipment to be purchased at discounted rates


Bryson LaganSports an experienced provider of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and an Approved Activity Provider (AAP)

Duke of Edinburgh Award training and expedition in Canoeing and Hillwalking throughout Ireland.  Bryson LaganSports offer consultation and delivery to suit the needs of
teachers, group leaders and individuals.  Duke of Edinburgh Award Packages are tailored for schools and groups, providing an expedition which is meticulously planned &  delivered.  Bryson LaganSports involvement can be as much or as little as you need, we are happy to assist in any aspect of expedition design, planning or delivery of your DofE expedition.

Duke of Edinburgh Canoeing & Hill Walking Expedition Packages

Bryson LaganSports will do everything for you, organise instructors, kit, logistics, 24 hour supervision and peace of mind, we will work with you.

DofE LocationsDofE Duration
Bronze PracticeThe Argory, Dungannon to camp or Coney Island, Lough Neagh & starting at either Charlemont Bridge or Coney Island.

Lower Bann Sections also an option.

Most frequently used for the min. practice of 1 night & 6 hours of planned activity (half travelling).
Bronze QualifyingThe Argory, Dungannon to camp, Coney Island, Lough Neagh & starting at either Charlemont Bridge or Coney Island.  Includes south end of Lough Neagh finishing at Washing Bay, Brockagh, Duckingstool Point.

Other options – Toome to Portglenone & further up the Lower Bann.

Silver Practice River Blackwater into Lough Neagh or Lough Neagh Western Coast around Ballyronan & or Battery Harbour & up into Lough Beg & the Lower Bann.

Other option – East Coast of Lough Neagh.

 Minimum 2 overnights & 2 days of 7 hours planned activity (minimum of half travelling).
 Silver QualifyingBoth east & west coast of Lough Neagh.

Lough Neagh into Lower Bann or simply Lower Bann.

Other option – Fermanagh such as Woodford River into Upper Lough Erne or starting near Crom Castle & travelling north mainly up west coast Lough Erne to Enniskillen.

 2 overnights & 3 days of 7 hours planned activity, (minimum of half travelling).
 Gold PracticeAny of Bronze or Silver locations (as above).Minimum practice is 2 overnights & 2 days of 7 hours planned activity (minimum of half travelling).
 Gold QualifyingUpper & Lower inc. the Woodford River.  Shannon – Erne water way leading into Shannon system. 3 overnight & 4 full days of 8 hours planned activity (minimum of half travelling).  An acclimatisation day/ evening must take place as per DofE.


DofE Walking Expeditons

  • Mourne Mountains and would recommend Rostrevor to Newcastle.
  • Alternative option – Wicklow and Donegal.

DofE Clients

I am writing to commend your staff who supervised our expedition. I had the role of Assessor on behalf of DofE and both Mark and Andy were most professional. They were in constant control of the venture from start to finish and had a great rapport with the young people and the staff.  I have been assessing expeditions for over twenty years and I can safely say this is one of the best ones I have been involved with.  

Robin Ferguson – Strathearn Canoe Silver Expedition


Expedition areas throughout the island of Ireland and are in consultation with the client.

Bryson LaganSports will do everything for you, instructors, kit, logistics, 24 hour supervision and peace of mind. Flexible dates, methods of travel and costings.

Further information on Duke of Edinburgh 

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Have a question about our activities or you would like to make a booking or enquiry, please feel free to contact us.

028 9046 1711


We would be delighted to chat to you today to discuss your requirements.

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