The Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme will continue to deliver NCS from 2020, engaging thousands of young people in the government funded initiative.
In partnership with EFL Trust, SWFCCP won the contract to continue the delivery of its National Citizen Service programme from next year, joining 65 delivery partners that will be managed by the EFL Trust.
NCS is one of the fastest growing youth programmes, engaging 500,000 young people in the UK since piloting in 2009.
Over the four-week NCS experience, young people aged 16-17 will take on fresh challenges, get a taste of independence and be given a platform to have their voices heard and deliver a social action project that will positively impact their local area.
Through the EFL Trust, over 1.8 million hours of voluntary work has been delivered, addressing local and national issues which young people are passionate about, such as mental health, the environment and plastic waste.
SWFCCP has delivered NCS since 2013, engaging over 3000 young people. During that time, teenagers have delivered over 180,000 hours of social action in Sheffield which has included raising money for local charities and volunteering in care homes.
Megan Brown graduated NCS with the Owls Community Programme in 2015 and believes the programme has changed her life.
She said: “It sounds cliché but NCS really did change my life.
“I surprised myself by even signing up to the programme, but I couldn’t imagine where I would be or what I would be doing right now if I hadn’t done it.
“The programme has provided me with endless opportunities to meet new people and take on exciting new challenges.
“It really is an amazing way to spend four weeks of your summer and I would urge everyone to get on board and sign up!”
Ann Marie Morgan, NCS manager at SWFCCP, is delighted to be part of the new network of delivery partners.
She said: “Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme is proud to be continuing its long-standing relationship with NCS and looking forward to developing a new, dynamic programme in line with the new network for our community of young adults.”
Chief Executive of NCS Trust, Michael Lynas, said: “I’m incredibly proud of everything that NCS has achieved in the last ten years.
“As it moves into the next phase of its life, I’m confident NCS can make a more significant difference for our young people and their communities than ever before.”