The CVQO Lion Award

What is the CVQO Lion Award?

The CVQO Lion Award promotes the development of 8-14 year olds through a varied and exciting programme of outdoor activities, first aid skills and social action projects.

It supports young people’s mental wellbeing, resilience and character, providing them with a safe environment to try something new and push themselves out of their comfort zone.

How does the Award work?

The Award is built on experiential and reflective learning and can be delivered in 12, 24 or 36 week programmes. It offers experiences that sit outside of the traditional curriculum, designed to complement regular schoolwork and help young people with the challenges they face in everyday life.

Learning is facilitated through coaching and CVQO instructors will provide constructive feedback throughout on students’ actions and behaviours. The emphasis is on teamwork, the impact that individuals can make on group performance and how groups can influence the decision to achieve a shared outcome.

Education is not a one size fits all solution and the CVQO Lion Award helps young people find their place in the world by exploring the abilities that make them unique.


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I am feeling confident in these sessions and curious to see what challenge is in store for next week. I feel like I am learning a lot about myself and discovering traits I never knew I had.

I feel like my confidence has sky-rocketed and it has only been two weeks – I can’t wait for next week’s session!

CVQO Lion Award learner