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Foundation Case Study – Meet Steve And Ismael

The third in our series of case studies looks at the National Citizen Service (NCS), which is a government funded initiative which gives 16 and 17 year olds a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build skills for work and life, while meeting new friends and taking on new challenges in the local community.

Before he joined the Foundation in 2011, Project Manager Steve Mack served in the British Army then worked for Nissan for 17 years as a quality inspector. He decided his real passion was working with young people so enrolled on an NVQ in Youth Work at Newcastle College. Steve also recently completed a degree in social care.

Nineteen year old Ismael Bamba enrolled on the NCS programme with the Foundation in 2012. He then started attending Kicks every Thursday and Friday evening, gaining an FA Level 7 Referee certificate plus Sports Leaders qualifications.

Ismael then became a volunteer coach before Project Manager Steve asked him to apply for a role as a Sessional Community Coach. He now delivers Kicks sessions every Monday evening in Blakelaw and every Friday at Westgate Centre for Sport.

Kicks is a partnership between the Premier League, Sport England and local partners to use the power of football to build safer, stronger communities. Newcastle United Kicks engages 250 young people every week in positive activities.

On his experience with Newcastle United Foundations Ismael Bamba said: “I am very proud of my progress from Kicks participant to staff member and am keen to work with the younger players coming into the programme.”

For more information on opportunites with NCS email Steve Mack

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