The Football League Trust has been named as one of 12 national providers selected by the government to run the 'National Citizen Service' - a new voluntary programme for 16-year-olds.

Successful in its application to become a National Citizen Service (NCS) provider, The Trust will work with eight football club community trusts around the country to deliver both academic and physical sessions across areas including leadership and team building.

Launching this summer, the scheme will see each Football League community trust recruit 100 16-year-olds - who either live or attend school in the locality - execute a programme built around reinforcing key life skills to further attract possible employers.

"With their local knowledge and understanding of the communities with which they work, our community trusts are perfectly placed to deliver NCS to local 16-year-olds," said Dave Edmundson, General Manager of the Football League Trust.

"Through the programme, trusts will use the power of football to harness and engage a large number of young people and inspire and help them to achieve their potential and become the respected citizens of tomorrow".

The eight community trusts delivering NCS are:

AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust
Barnsley Community Sports and Education Trust
Charlton Athletic Community Trust
Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme
MK Dons Sports and Education Trust
Plymouth Argyle Football in the Community
Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme

"I'm confident that a young person completing an NCS project, through The Football League Trust programme, will gain valuable skills and qualities which any employer would value," added Clare McDougall, Head of Community and Education at npower - title sponsors of The Football League.

"They'll find it easier to fit in a team and make a positive contribution to a workplace."

THE PROGRAMME

Starting at the end of June 2011, each community trust will deliver its own unique NCS experience, although they are all based on the following programme:

The Kick Off: induction (2 days)

Introductions with the Team Leaders and the opportunity to meet and join up with new team mates

The First Half: away from home residential (5 days / 4 nights)
Tough but fun outward bound activities such as gorge walking, assault courses, indoor skiing and canoeing. Evening activities include review of the day's events and identifying skills learnt.

Half Time: residential in the home community (5 days / 4 nights)
Understanding and learning about the local community, and developing management and business-based skills. Meet and interview local business leaders including club personnel and use new-found knowledge to deliver a mini-project in the local area.

The Second Half: planning a social action project (5 days)
A full time week based around the stadium and the local area to identify and plan the delivery of a social action project for the local area working with local community groups and charities.

The Full Time Whistle: delivering the social action project (30 hours total)
Each team will spend a minimum of 30 hours putting their community project into action. Team Leaders will provide support and also offer feedback on individual achievements and abilities.

A graduation ceremony at London's Wembley Arena is planned for all those completing the course and activities.

Extra Time: Alumni programme and reunion events
Once you complete the programme - we want to keep in touch with you and allow you to keep in touch with other and review your NCS experiences and achievements

Each participant completing the full programme will be provided with a portfolio of their achievements which will document their involvement and development during their time on NCS. This will include a Personal Development Plan to help them consider future opportunities, and also be useful to show future potential employers.

COST

The standard price of the programme is between £50 - £100 which includes:

• 2 week-long residential stays (5 days / 4 nights each) inclusive of food, travel and accommodation
• Team kit
• A range of learning and development opportunities
• The graduation ceremony

Financial support to cover the cost may be available if required. Please contact the relevant NCS Coordinator for further information.

STAFF

All staff delivering the project are fully trained with enhanced CRB checks, and appropriate first aid and child protection certificates. All activities are well-managed and planned, and closely monitored to ensure high standards are achieved and maintained.

WHAT TO DO NOW?

Trusts are recruiting now, and places are limited.

For more information and to register your interest in NCS programmes running at one of our trusts please contact your local trust:

AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust
Steve Cuss on steve.cuss@afcb.co.uk
Phone: 01202 726342
Mobile: 07973893594

Barnsley Community Sports and Education Trust:
Darren England
Tel - 01226 211333
Email - darren.england@barnsleyfc.co.uk
Facebook - Search 'Barnsley FC Community'

Charlton Athletic Community Trust
Stacie Dennington on Stacie.dennington@cact.org.uk

Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme:
Leo Daniels on leo.daniels@locsp.org

MK Dons Sports and Education Trust:
Phone no: 01908 622889
Text: NCS + NAME to 60777 (standard network charges apply)
e-mail: ncs@mkdonsset.com

Plymouth Argyle Football in the Community
Mark Lovell on mark.lovell@pafc.co.uk

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
Cheryl Davidson on cheryl.davidson@rotherhamunited.net

Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme
Matthew Bray on matthew.bray@sheffieldwednesday.com
For more information about the FLT, contact Loo Brackpool on lbrackpool@fltrust.co.uk

For further information on National Citizen Service please go to www.direct.gov.uk/nationalcitizenservice