BLOG: An NCS Summer
Newcastle United Foundation has its largest ever National Citizen Service intake this summer and over the next few weeks we’ll be hearing from participants out of each of the three teams about their experiences.
First up is Luke Ferguson, aged 17, from Walbottle Campus Sixth Form…
“I heard about the project through an assembly by Newcastle United Foundation at school. I decided to sign up to gain new experiences and face challenges.
“Personally, I was very nervous on the first day waiting to meet my group for the first time- I didn’t know anybody. We made friends through the group activities and especially since I shared a room during the residential with some new people.
“While we were away we did rock climbing, abseiling and orienteering but in particular, I liked the gyll scrambling because it was a new and interesting challenge which was made fun as the group and team leaders were encouraging everyone.
“I found abseiling to be a challenge because I arrived on the residential being afraid of heights. My favourite activity was the minibus challenge as it was really competitive and a right laugh! Coming back to St James’ Park was brilliant because I couldn’t wait to speak with my new friends from the other groups.
“During our second week, we completed a stadium tour of St James’ Park, we went go-karting and completed a first aid course. During our time on NCS we learned skills such as leading a team, communication and above all how to motivate people. It was a really good feeling to help people overcome their personal fears.
“With regards to the coaching experience, I believe myself and all the other members of my NCS group have gained a unique bond between ourselves and the team leaders which has allowed all of us to enjoy our journey through this programme in the most enjoyable way possible.”
Follow the Foundation NCS team on Twitter @Foundation_ncs this summer to keep up to date with all of their news!
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