Vango, a leading UK outdoor equipment manufacturer, has secured a new licence with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as a DofE Recommended Expedition Kit partner for an extended five-year period.
The DofE has partnered with Vango for over a decade to provide countless young individuals with recommendations of practical equipment to prepare and complete their expeditions, which help them gain new outdoors and life skills. Over the years, Vango has become synonymous with DofE expeditions and the recent contract extension, which commences in January 2021, only helps to signify the trust placed in Vango equipment by the DofE.
Vango’s official recommended kit includes an array of expedition tents, sleeping bags and mats, rucksacks, and stoves all of which are firm favourites with explorers and adventure seekers worldwide. The deal also includes Trangia, a brand long distributed by AMG Group (Vango parent company) for the UK.
Rob Birrell, Vango Marketing Director, said, “We’re delighted to be continuing our longstanding relationship with the DofE as an official Recommended Kit partner. By doing so, we hope to encourage more young people to get outdoors, learn vital skills and make memories that will last a lifetime. We would encourage anyone thinking of taking on the challenge to go for it – the experience will provide a true sense of adventure, which is what we stand for at Vango.”
For every item purchased, Vango contributes to the DofE charity to help enable them to support young people aged 14-24 years old to undertake their DofE, achieving a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Peter Schooling, Commercial Director for the DofE, said, “Our relationship with Vango over the last 10 years has provided us with a brand partner who not only provides much needed income to the charity, but also mirrors our vision to encourage young people to enhance their skills and experience new adventures, and for that reason we’re delighted to be continuing our partnership.
Set up in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the DofE encourages young people to build skills for work and life through the Volunteering, Physical, Skill, Expedition and Residential sections. Doing the DofE involves helping the community or with an important cause, becoming fitter, enhancing or developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and working with a team on a residential activity. Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background, or location. Achieving a DofE Award isn’t a competition or about being first, it is about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.
Operating since 1966, Vango has a long heritage developing and designing cutting edge outdoor equipment, including industry-leading tents, rucksacks, awnings, furniture, and camping accessories. Headquartered in Port Glasgow, Vango products are now available to buy in over 30 countries.
To find out more about the official DofE Kit List, click here: Vango Duke of Edinburghs award