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NCS Goes Out Of Bounds

Fifty-two 16 and 17 year olds have taken part in the Foundation’s National Citizen Service course, which kicked off with an adventurous weekend in Allendale.

Along with staff from Newcastle United Foundation, the students took a trip to Allendale to get stuck into a range of exciting activities on an Out of Bounds course, including abseiling, canoeing and waterfall jumping. The activities are designed to put students outside their comfort zone and get them to work as a team to complete the challenges.

The students got to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, giving them the chance to learn valuable teamwork, communication and leadership skills.

Lee Fairley, the Foundation’s project officer for youth and community, led the first team of twenty-nine before half term, and saw how the young people developed over the weekend.

Lee explained:

“We were on hand to motivate and encourage the teams over the weekend. The students were working together with people they didn’t know and maybe wouldn’t normally socialise with. Even by the end of the first day, they were working together and supporting each other through the challenges.

After the success of the first weekend, Laura Wilson, project coordinator, hosted the week long course at the Northumberland-based activity centre, mentoring twenty – three young adults alongside partaking in various physical activities.

Laura commented:

“The way these individuals bonded so quickly as a group was unbelievable.

“This is a fantastic project for young people and we’re always so proud that this programme is recommended so highly by the students after they have participated. We see a real change in the individuals working with us and it’s always great to see how they develop.”

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a fantastic opportunity open to all Year 12 pupils that helps participants build their skills for work and life, while they take on new challenges and meet new friends.

For more information, please contact Hannah Boath or call 0191 201 8451.

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