By Loo Brackpool

The Football League Trust has been selected by the Cabinet Office as prime contractor for the National Citizen Service programme (NCS) in the South Yorkshire and Humber region for 2013/14.

NCS is a flagship policy at the heart of the Government's vision for building a Big Society. NCS brings together 16-year-olds from a wide range of backgrounds in a summer programme of challenge, service and learning, enabling them to develop the confidence, skills and attitudes required to engage with their communities, and to become active and responsible citizens.

Working with its football based charities in the region and other partners, The Trust will deliver the NCS programme to over 6,400 16 and 17-year-olds during the period. In addition, The Trust will deliver up to a further 7,000 places in other regions as part of consortia with other Prime Contractors including The Challenge Network, Inspira, Reed in Partnership and The NCS Network.

Reacting to the news, John Nixon, Chairman of The Football League Trust said: "We feel honoured that the Government has put its faith in The Football League Trust to continue delivery of the NCS programme.

"During 2011 and 2012 the football club charities that have been involved have consistently delivered an outstanding programme and these new contracts will give more young people the chance to have that same experience."

More details of the regions and partners involved in The Football League Trust NCS programme will be released shortly.