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Courtnie Collects Diana Award

On Tuesday 3rd October, Courtnie Watts attended a very special awards ceremony at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) Centre, Birmingham. Courtnie was there to receive her Diana Award for acting as a mentor to and overall inspiration to her peers.

Courtnie joined other young role models at the prestigious ceremony in Birmingham to collect her Diana Award. The awards were set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and they are given to young people who have selflessly transformed the lives of others by going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change.

During a Q&A session in the auditorium, Courtnie was asked what she thought about guiding others. She addressed the audience and said: “You can only inspire others when you inspire yourself.”

Nichola Goddard (Learning Manager for Courtnie) and other representatives from R.E.A.L. Education accompanied Courtnie to the awards. Nichola said: “The whole event was ‘inspirational’, the perfect opportunity to reflect on how valuable our young people are.  All those who attended felt immense pride in Courtnie, themselves, and R.E.A.L. Education as a whole for what we stand for.”

Courtnie’s award was presented to her by Mr John Crabtree OBE, appointed by Her Majesty The Queen to be her representative in the West Midlands.