Join up with The Football League Trust and your local Football League club community trust to challenge yourself on the National Citizen Service programme this year!

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an ambitious Government programme to develop the skills and potential of 16 year olds to get more engaged with their communities and become active and responsible citizens.

NCS promotes a more cohesive society by bringing young people together from different backgrounds and supporting their transition into adulthood. The more engaged young people are with society, the more they can create a positive change in local communities.

The FL Trust, working with 15 local community trusts, are offering over 1000 places for 16 year olds to take part this summer. All young people participating in NCS programmes will have a common experience, wherever they live and whatever their background. The programme runs for three weeks full time including two residential weeks, after which participants spend 30 hours delivering a social action project for the benefit of their local community

The 15 community trusts delivering NCS in 2012:

AFC Bournemouth Community
Albion in the Community (Brighton and Hove)
Charlton Athletic Community Trust
Grimsby Town Football in the Community Sports and Education Trust
Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme
MK Dons Sport and Education Trust
Norwich City Community Sports Foundation
Plymouth Argyle
Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
Scunthorpe United Community Sport and Education Trust
Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme
Stevenage FC in the Community
The Tigers Trust (Hull City)
The United Initiative (Sheffield United)

How does the programme work?

Week one
An outward bound residential away from home where the focus is on team building and physical challenge.

Week two
This phase involves visiting and helping the local community whilst developing planning and organisational skills. This week is also in a residential setting, but in the local area - within an hour of the football stadium.

Week three
All of the new skills gained in weeks one and two are put into action, with each team selecting and designing a project which will benefit their local community - making a positive change to the local area.

Social Action Project

This phase sees practice put into action - with a minimum of 30 hours to implement the project designed the week before. Examples include renovating local community venues; building new facilities at a woodland visitors centre; coaching football to other local young people and organising trips and activities for residents of care centres.


To celebrate the achievements of all participants there will be a national graduation event, followed by the opportunity to watch the England v San Marino match at Wembley Stadium on Friday 12th October 2012.

After the summer NCS graduates can continue their involvement in their local projects, and will receive information on follow up opportunities such as International Citizen Service and working on community projects abroad, as well as be invited to future training sessions and reunion events to build on the enthusiasm and relationships created during their time with NCS.

If you are 16 years of age and interested in challenging yourself then contact your local community trust (contact info available from link below) or alternatively please email

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