Myerscough College has joined forces with Fleetwood Town Football Club to become a partner in their National Citizen Service programme.
The NCS programme is run by the club’s Community Trust and offers students the opportunity to take part in an action-packed and proactive programme of adventure activities. The aim of the programme is to encourage those taking part to take responsibility for their own actions and development and to give them the skills and experiences necessary to boost their CV and confidence. The students also get the chance of a real life opportunity to make a difference in their local community by planning and delivering their very own social action project.
So far, 36 Myerscough College students have been involved in a residential visit to Lockerbie Manor, an activity centre in Scotland, where they enjoyed an action-packed trip filled with fun, adventure and challenges aimed to empower and inspire them.
Gemma Watson is a Lecturer in Football at Myerscough College as well as being a NCS ambassador. She said: “The NCS programme is an excellent opportunity for our learners to engage in a community, outdoor activity based team building project.
"The programme supports the ethos of the College by providing opportunities for all whilst helping learners develop social independence and confidence through a range a fun filled activities.’’
Bernard Pendleton, Director of Student Support & Welfare, created the partnership between the College and the football club. He said: “Myerscough College has a fantastic partnership with Fleetwood Town FC and their NCS programme.
"Currently we have had a large amount of students through the programme last term with a further 100 planned for this year.
"These are life changing opportunities, giving our students an ideal opportunity to have a break from their studies, trying out new outdoor activities, building their confidence, self-esteem and team building skills. On return from the experience every student has commented on how enjoyable and amazing their experiences have been. They also complete community initiatives and projects and so, our local community also benefits.”
Fleetwood Town FC Community Trust’s NCS Co-ordinator, Joey Newson, said: “The NCS is a great opportunity for 15-17 year olds to develop and challenge themselves in a fun and new environment.
"The partnership that has been created with Myerscough will give more students the opportunity to take part in such a wonderful programme.
"We have delivered two very successful trips already with Myerscough students with many more planned over the coming months with Equine and Foundation Learning students.”
The National Citizen Service brings together young people from different backgrounds. The first phase of the NCS programme is a 5 day full time residential programme with a focus on teamwork and outdoor physical challenges, games and adventures. This includes activities such as kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, archery and mountain biking.
The second phase sees participants living in student accommodation, developing independence by managing a food budget and having a flat to maintain whilst focusing on developing new skills for work and life.
Finally, participants design and deliver a social action project that will help benefit the community. After this, there is a graduation party where participants receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.
For more details about the programme, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (01995) 642222, ext 2348.
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by Dave Salmon