NCS Notts County have enjoyed a record number of participants this autumn with 126 young people aged between 16 and 17 years old proudly saying ‘Yes to NCS’. The unique autumn programme chaired by former Prime Minster and NCS patron David Cameron, was first delivered by FITC in 2016. NCS helps young adults learn vital skills including team work, networking, fundraising and even team bonding activities at one of two sites; Kingswood Dearne Valley or Kingswood Staffordshire as part of a four day residential. From a Dragons Den-styled social action pitch to obstacle courses, the skills acquired by participants have proven to be admirable trait for recruiters and universities alike, helping young people from all walks of life explore their futures.
2017 has been a monumental year for NCS. 437 summer recruits from Nottingham, Erewash and Mansfield raised a whopping £20,072 for local charities. With 126 participants from Nottingham College and across the county raising a combined £3807.84 there will be many reasons for charities across Nottinghamshire to have added Christmas cheer.
Katie Booth, NCS Project Manager was astounded by the hard work and generosity of this autumn’s cohort; “NCS has gone from strength to strength, so much so that Notts County Football in the Community (FITC) is the East Midlands biggest project provider” explained Katie. “The feedback we have had from the beneficiaries of the funds raised has been phenomenal. I am extremely proud to deliver this programme and before you know it summer 2018 will be upon us.”
On Thursday 23rd November over 150 guests and participants packed out the recently refurbished 1862 suite at Meadow Lane to catch-up with friends new and old, collect their certificates and meet some of the individuals benefiting from the hard work NCS Notts County has been undertaking in within the community. In attendance were Guide Dogs Nottinghamshire, Framework (homelessness awareness), Equation (domestic abuse victim support), The Rucksack Project (homelessness), Coeliac UK and Ducklings Children’s Hospice. David Clough and his guide dog, Eliot took to the stage with rapturous applause; “NCS is not only a fantastic project run for the benefit of those on the project, but Eliot along with the funds raised for Guide Dogs has given me my independence back. I can walk to the shops and enjoy fresh air with my four-legged companion. I’ve even sat in this very stadium (Meadow Lane) and cheered on the team I’ve supported all my life. That has all been made possible by you.”
Adam Lewcock was one of 126 participants who said “Yes to NCS” in 2017 added; “NCS has been an amazing experience for me. The social action project has helped me grow in confidence massively. I feel that NCS has given me so much and has made me a better person.”
If you, like Adam and David would like to get involved in summer 2018’s adventures as either a participants or a charity looking for additional support, our NCS FITC team would love to hear from. For more information CLICK HERE or call 0115 955 7215.