National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to all 15-17 year olds in England, which helps you build your skills for work and life, while you take on new challenges and meet new friends.
Running in the spring, summer and autumn, participants have a short time away from home and take part in a number of outdoor, team-building activities.
Delivered across England and Northern Ireland, NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility.
Open to 15 – 17 year olds, NCS is a unique two or three week full-time programme focused around fun and discovery, plus 60 hours committed to a community project that benefits both young people and society. Young people experience four sections that focus on personal and social development. Teens experience the freedom of staying away from home at an outdoor activity centre where they’ll take part in activities like rock-climbing, canoeing, hiking and archery. They’ll also spend time in university-style accommodation where they’ll manage a budget, cook and learn about teamwork, leadership and communication. Lastly, they’ll design a social action project to help make a difference in their community and spend 30 hours improving the local area.
At the end of the course, participants will graduate from the NCS programme at special event for family and friends at The Mobile Rocket Stadium, or another city location, to showcase the fantastic work they have achieved during the summer.
2019 saw the charity secure funding to deliver NCS on behalf of the English Football League Trust, enabling the continuation of its ground-breaking work in creating opportunities for young adults.