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Calling all parents, teachers, relatives and friends of young people aged 11-18. AXA Ambition Awards entries now open - help spread the word.....

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 17-May-11 12:24:27

AXA have asked Mumsnet to help them spread the word about their awards scheme for young people aged 11-18. AXA's awards have been launched to find very talented 11 to 18-year-olds who "deserve the opportunity to shine".

They say "Imagine what could happen if you could work with someone who's already reached the top of their field or shown great commitment to causes they care about. That's why AXA has launched these awards. We want to give exceptional young people the opportunity to develop their skills and win an amazing experience that could change their life."

So do you know a young person in this age group who would be interested? Do you have a son, daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, pupil, student, grandchild or family friend who you reckon has the ambition but needs some help? Are you a volunteer youth worker, teacher (or even know someone who is) and have spotted someone who would benefit from this scheme? If so, please do read on, and click on the link to find out more. Then please pass on the link and encourage them to apply grin.

Whether you know someone interested in these awards or not, AXA would still very much like to spread the word via Mumsnet, Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, so if you like what you see and think via your connections you could reach someone who would be interested in applying, then share it with your friends by clicking the 'like' button on the AXA link.

There are five categories for awards:

Sports - for those who maybe have what it takes to reach the top in their sport
Community - for those who help in their community but want to do more
Arts - including skills in music, dance, art and literacy
Science - for those inspired by all aspects of science, technology and design
Enterprise - for the boardroom ambitious who show an entrepreurial spirit

Here's what AXA have to say about the awards generally:

"You might find it difficult to decide if you're 'ambitious' enough to apply for these awards. What does 'ambition' even mean? Well, we think it means that you're determined to make the most of yourself. Whatever your goal, nothing is going to stop you from making your dream a reality. If you can tick the following off, it's safe to say that you're 'ambitious'.

~ Do you have clear goals for what you need to do to be a 'success'?
~ Are you 100% sure it's right for you?
~ Are you confident you can do it?
~ Do you share your enthusiasm and inspire others to achieve too as part of a team?
~ Do you have the talent or skills to get there?
~ Are you committed to reaching your goal, and nothing puts you off?
~ Have you shown courage in working towards your goal, carrying on even if things go wrong?"

What do the winners win?

AXA say: "The winner of each of the five categories will receive a unique prize that is tailored to your particular talent or cause and could help you to make your dream come true. If you're a winner, the panel of judges will help you decide the right bespoke prize for you. This will take the form of a mentoring program worth up to £40,000.
The top three shortlisted in each category will also have the chance to meet our celebrity judges at the winners' event on 30 November. You can ask them face-to-face how they got to where they are today, and who inspired them."

The young person aged 11-18 needs to apply themselves (they can have help) - so please have a think about anyone you know of who may be interested and please pass it on - the closing date is 14 October 2011 but the application will take some time to prepare.

Do let us know on this thread any questions or comments and we'll do our best to get feedback from AXA.

Best of luck


MrsShrekTheThird Wed 18-May-11 23:16:03

Are AXA planning to send info directly to schools? (wondering if many HT's have time to MN grin) I'm assuming this is 'hot off the press' as I haven't see it advertised anywhere else?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 19-May-11 10:57:52

mrsshrek - don't know if they are sending it out to HT, will pass this tip onto them but I think via MN they wanted to target parents with the info - we know teachers do use the site also (as parents) so thought this may be an additional way to get to the potential applicants!

EvilTwins Thu 19-May-11 18:31:24

Thanks for this, HQ. I've taken it into school and am going to work with one of my Sixth Formers on the Enterprise Award.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 19-May-11 23:01:49

smile - good!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-May-11 11:39:38

Hi - we heard from AXA who say "we will be promoting the program to local MPs who will be informing schools within their district" Best, MNHQ

MrsShrekTheThird Fri 20-May-11 19:44:36


KatyMac Tue 24-May-11 21:20:28


Great nonspecific prize

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 31-May-11 14:33:34

AXA have also asked us to add that in addition to promoting the awards via various media outlets and via MPs, they have been also contacting schools and teachers through the various teaching unions, teaching publications and also through their partner associations - Youth Sport Trust, Association for Science Education, Art Council England, CSV (Community Service Volunteers) and Young Enterprise.

Mellowfruitfulness Wed 15-Jun-11 17:39:01

Who is AXA? And why are they doing this? hmm

Just thinking that maybe this is an international conspiracy to kidnap all our talented young people and shoot them up to Mars as representative human specimens ...

Paranoid, moi?

elphabadefiesgravity Thu 16-Jun-11 09:43:18

I think they are an insurance company.

purplepidjin Thu 16-Jun-11 17:57:20

We haven't heard anything at Youth Club. I've clicked link to have a look but surely it would have made more sense to put some info in the post directly to us?

PS I work on a Music Project, so a fair few nominations if I think the scheme is worth doing wink

purplepidjin Thu 16-Jun-11 18:00:01

Yep, worth doing (and i'll happily write 500 words for my YPs) but how do I get onto the form? I don't have a printer at home, and limited access at Youth Club...

If anyone from AXA is monitoring this thread, please could you get in touch so you can send me some forms? I could probably use at least 10...

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 16-Jun-11 18:14:26

purplepidjin...I will ask for you! smile

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 16-Jun-11 18:15:21

purplepidjin...actually just spotted it does say
For a postal application, please send a request to: or write to: Ambition AXA Awards, PO Box 64189, London, WC1A 9EJ
Hope that helps!
Best, Ann

purplepidjin Thu 16-Jun-11 19:00:37

Awesome I'll pass the info on to the boss!

Mellowfruitfulness Thu 16-Jun-11 20:57:02

If they are an insurance company, maybe they are going to offer insurance to the young people?

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