NCS Graduates Celebrate With Sammy
Over 50 school leavers were joined by Newcastle United’s Sammy Ameobi at St James’ Park to celebrate their participation in the Foundation’s National Citizen Service (NCS) course this summer.
Newcastle United Foundation has delivered their NCS programme this summer to over 100 young people.
NCS is a government backed programme for 16-17 year olds which offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for young people to get ahead in work life. It is a chance to build their confidence and independence and learn lessons that cannot be taught in class.
The Foundation inducted two waves this summer, each with over 50 young people signed up and Friday night’s celebration was the first of two that will take place to recognise their achievements this summer.
In the first week of NCS Wave One visited Carnegie Great Outdoors residential activity centre in Grasmere for a one week where they took part in various activities to develop teamwork and communication skills, such as mountain climbs and gorge walking.
The second week of the programme was spent at Northumbria University accommodation with the young people completing a First Aid qualification, learning about the importance of voting, through bite the ballot workshops and working towards a Sports Leaders Award. The groups squeezed in plenty of fun too, including paintballing and football!
As part of NCS the young people need to complete 30 hours of volunteering with many of the participants supporting the work of the Foundation and SAFC Foundation of Light by doing bucket collections at Newcastle International Airport, our Charity Partner.
After careful planning with lots of discussion between the groups they are split into smaller groups to embark on Social Action Projects to support causes within their local community. Over the past two weeks the groups have met and engaged with a variety of community groups and charities across the city and come up with some really worthwhile social action projects seeing them complete sponsored walks, bake sales, tidying up community recreational areas, painting and decorating community venues finishing off with charity football game!
Newcastle United’s Sammy Ameobi said: “I’ve really enjoyed hearing about the achievements of the young people here tonight. It’s amazing to see how much they’ve squeezed into their summer with the Foundation. They should be really proud of their achievements!”
Laura Wilson, the Foundation’s Youth and Community Project Coordinator added: “Everyone involved with Wave One has been a real credit to the Foundation. It’s been fantastic to see the groups skills develop and to see their confidence growing. We’re really proud that they have worked so hard to achieve their First Aid and Sports Leader qualifications. The work the teams have done in the community has been great and made a real difference to their community – a big well done to everyone!”
For more information on our NCS Summer programme for 2017 email firstname.lastname@example.org
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