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15 April 2018

NCS is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society.

  • National Citizen Service (NCS) is a programme for 15-17 year olds.
  • Scheme builds confidence and helps youngsters to prepare for the future.
  • Over 275,000 young people take part in the project across the country.

Kayaking, mountaineering and rock climbing were just some of the exciting activities youngsters from Wigan took part in at Patterdale Hall Outdoor Centre in Cumbria last week as they enjoyed a three-day residential organised by the Community Trust. 

The trip, which was part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, was designed to improve the confidence, leadership and teamwork skills of young people aged 15-17 years old.

This was the first time the Community Trust had been involved in the national programme, which is delivered in partnership with EFL Trust, and gives youngsters the opportunity to gain invaluable work and life skills.

A total of 12 participants from the Trust’s various projects – Every Player Counts, Premier League Kicks and Train with Latics – attended the residential near Penrith.  

Harry Merrin, said: “The residential was one of the best experiences of my life because it gave me the chance to try new activities which were really fun. I also met a lot of new people so my confidence and social skills have improved because of this.”

The programme is broken down into four phases; adventure, discovery, social action project and graduation, and while the youngsters have completed the first two phases, they will now work with The Brick, the club’s charity of the season, to organise their own event for the social action project.

Fergus Heyes, Sport Engagement Coordinator at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “This is the first opportunity we’ve had to deliver the NCS programme and the impact it’s had on the young people in such a short space of time has been absolutely remarkable.

He added: “NCS will give these youngsters a platform to gain new skills, improve their self-esteem, make new friends and to have a real positive influence on their local community.”

NCS is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens.

Please email Sport Engagement Coordinator Fergus Heyes on or call 01942 318090 for more information about the programme and how to get involved. 

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