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“Celebrate good times, come on!” – NCS Notts County raise £20,072 for charities across Nottinghamshire

Shola Ameobi, Matt Tootle and Carl Dickinson amongst the special guests who joined the NCS graduate celebrations.

September started with a bang when over 400 participants and their families descended on Meadow Lane’s Wheeler Suite for an evening of music, dance, stadium tours and photos with special guests and fellow graduates. FITC are proud to announce that summer participants of the NCS programme raised over £20,000 for charities across the county, as well as dedicating a combined 25,140 voluntary hours for a wide array of organisations such as the Canaan Trust, RSPCA and Help for Heroes to name just three. Homelessness, autism, the elderly and patients across the city were proud beneficiaries of the work undertaken by summer 2017 participants.

NCS Nottingham graduation

Katie Booth, NCS Manager said “Having my team of Roxie Hickling and Ryan Swift really helped us deliver our projects. It is a real heart-warming feeling seeing everyone return for an evening to get photos, catch up with new and old friends. But it is also a chance to say thank you, from everyone at FITC and from the beneficiaries of the money and time donated to their individual causes.”

As the last song was played and the decorations began to be stored away, NCS Notts County have begun their preparations for their autumn projects. For a limited time, NCS have included a discount code which entitles participants to £15 off their signup fee. Simply type SEPTEMBER17 when visiting http://ncsingeus.co.uk. For just £35 each participant will undertake a 4 day residential and team bonding retreat, 3 days of workshops and activities at one of Nottinghamshire and Erewash’s premium culture and education facilities and finally complete a 30 hour social action project that looks to raise funds and transform the lives of residents and service users within the city.

NCS Nottingham graduation

Don’t just take our word for it, former Premier League striker now fan favourite at Meadow Lane, Shola Ameobi described how NCS prepares participants for skills they’ll use in later life “The experiences the NCS participants have undertaken will help them grow closer as a team, creating camaraderie between each other and learning what it takes to develop as a leader is vital when chasing jobs or university places”. Carl Dickinson, the experienced former Stoke and Watford playmaker added “the work FITC do in the community does not go unnoticed. To be invited to the graduation has been a real honour, to meet some of these young men and women and celebrate their achievements has been fantastic and I hope more young people take up the chance to work with NCS and Football in the Community”.

If you’re interested please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our NCS team. Contact Katie Booth on 0115 955 7215 or email info@nottscountyfitc.org.uk. Alternatively, you can find out more about the NCS project and read more testimonials from our participants – CLICK HERE.