By Kelly Spencer

Young people taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme with Sheffield Wednesday have earned over £1,000 for a children's charity.

The volunteers organised and took part in a range of activities in order to raise funds for Cash for Kids who deliver initiatives for poorly and underprivileged children in our communities.

They made a total of £1,200 by hosting a fancy dress car wash in the Owls Megastore car park, clearing up  the city's botanical gardens, holding bag packing events at two supermarkets and collecting in a bucket collection at an Owls game.

Sheffield Wednesday's Community Programme were one of eight schemes chosen by The Football League Trust to deliver the NCS programme which forms part of the Government's Big Society agenda and aims to help build a responsible and engaged society. It brings together 16-year-olds from different backgrounds to work together for the good of their communities.

Participants spend two weeks away from home taking part in outdoor team-based challenges before returning home to work on the community projects that they feel most strongly about.

The club's social inclusion officer Matt Bray said:

 "The purpose of the NCS scheme is to engage school leavers and get them working together for the good for their local community. It has certainly done that; the kids were really enthusiastic  about raising money for a good cause and they should be very proud of what they have achieved."