16:00 08 March 2016
By Dave Toyn
Stevenage Football Club Foundation is now recruiting for its Summer 2016 NCS programme and is looking for 16-17 year olds in school years 11 or 12 to sign up for the summer of a lifetime!
What is it?
NCS (National Citizen Service) is a government funded programme for 15-17 year olds designed around six key principles: Social Mix, Challenge, Increased Responsibility and Independence, Reflection, Social Action and Inspiration. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience and can help fast-track young people’s futures by learning new skills for work as well as developing young people’s confidence, teamwork and leadership skills.
NCS is the fastest growing youth movement since the Scouts began and over 200,000 young people have now graduated from the programme.
What does it consist of?
The summer programme is run over 4 weeks during the summer holidays and is split into three phases:
An away residential to an outwards bounds centre taking part in activities that work on improving team work, challenging you to push yourself and experiencing new things. These activities will involve Abseiling, Rock Climbing, Problem Solving, Archery, Fencing, Go Karting, Leap of Faith, Jacobs ladder and more!
This phase is where we focus on the ‘Increased Responsibility and Independence’ principle. We will travel to Bedford Uni for the week and stay in the University Halls, living life like a student. We will provide everyone with a £25 Tesco voucher and you will need to buy and cook your food for the week. Alongside this, you will take part in activities such as University tours, Town Trails, CV and Employability skills workshops and a Mini Olympics.
This phase is where you really take the reins and are allowed to be as creative and as expressive as you want too when planning your very own Social Action Project. It is your job to research where in local community you could make a difference and what you could do to make a positive impact on the community. You and your team are in charge of the whole project, including raising money to fund your project, contacting local charities or businesses as well as the overall delivery of whatever it is you decide to do.
Spring / Autumn NCS Programmes
Condensed versions of the NCS Summer Programme also take place in the Spring and Autumn. These comprise of a one week residential trip followed by several weekend / evening sessions based on planning and delivering a Social Action Project. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information on these programmes.
When is it?
The NCS summer 2016 programme with Stevenage FC Foundation is on the following dates:
Week 1 – 25th July – 29th July
Week 2 – 1st August – 5th August
Week 3 – 8th August – 12th August
Week 4 – 15th – 19th August
How much does it cost?
The cost for the whole four weeks is just £50.
How do I apply?
Name: Dani Burge
Participant in: 2012
What are you doing now: NCS Coordinator & Village Schools Coordinator, Stevenage FC Foundation
Thoughts: From taking part in NCS in 2012 as a participant to leading the way on the last three NCS trips, I have seen the popularity of the programme grow as more young people see the benefits of being an NCS graduate. The programme offers young people the chance to challenge themselves and really see what they can achieve if they put their mind to it and I have seen numerous examples of confidence visibly growing in the young people throughout the programme. One thing that I am particularly proud of is the number of graduates who enquire about joining us as a staff member on following programmes and I am delighted to be able to give these young people what could be their first taste of the working world. Last summer our staff team included six NCS graduates from the previous season.
Name: Jochebel Ohene MacCarthy (a.k.a Jojo)
Participant in: Summer 2013
Best thing about NCS: All the memories you get to reflect on with your new found friends. The amazing activities we did as part of the programme.
What am you doing now: I'm in my first year of studying Musical Theatre (BA Hons) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
How has NCS helped you: It made me into a person full of gratitude who is thankful everyday for the friends that surround me. When I was an Assistant Team Leader, NCS showed me how doing things for others gave you a massive sense of accomplishment! Also as I am a very enthusiastic and cheery person, the course helped me to identify those people who were maybe shy, more introverted and find a connection / something in common with them which later allowed them to open more to me and other participants. I relive the memories over and over again nearly everyday as I see so many London buses advertising NCS!
Name: Kelly Hannington
Participant in: 2014
Best thing about NCS: The best thing about NCS was the fact that even if you weren’t the most confident person, everyone was so easy to get along with from day 1. This made the whole experience more enjoyable because everyone got on so well. Even though we had only known each other for a few weeks by the end of it, it felt like we had all known each other for years.
What you are doing now: I am currently studying at sixth form, applying to do Paramedic Science at university. I also have a part time job in retail.
How NCS has helped you: NCS has helped me build my confidence in so many ways. I am able to talk to people more freely and I’m not afraid to talk to strangers. I enjoy engaging in different activities now and I’m not afraid to try new things. It also taught me how to be independent and valuable life skills that I will need later in life
Name: Luke Wilkins
Participant in: Summer 2015
Best thing about NCS: NCS is great because you get to meet loads of new people, try new things and it helped my gain lots of confidence.
What am I doing now: Stevenage FC Foundation Apprentice
How has NCS helped you: I particularly enjoyed the week at Bedford Uni where we were given the freedom to buy and cook our own food and also learnt about university life. Another highlight of mine was winning NCS Has Got Talent. I guarantee if you sign up, you’ll have the summer of a lifetime!