Pools striker Padraig Amond has urged local teenagers to not miss out on the summer of a lifetime with the country’s flagship youth empowerment scheme.
National Citizen Service (NCS) will be running during the summer holidays, with 16 and 17 year olds eligible to take part. A limited number of places remain for Hartlepool teenagers.
The programme includes a week of adventure in the Lake District; a great chance for teens to meet new friends and enjoy fun and freedom after the stressful GCSE exam period.
They’ll then spend a further week living away from home, this time within the local area, developing life skills like confidence, leadership and communication to boost CVs or UCAS personal statements.
Putting new skills into practice, participants are then challenged to deliver a community project in their local area and on completion, graduates of the scheme receive a certificate signed by the prime minister.
Padraig said: “I think it’s great that Hartlepool United is a Local Delivery Provider for National Citizen Service (NCS).
“NCS is a once in a lifetime opportunity for teenagers. It’s going to be an amazing summer and I urge local teenagers to sign up before places run out.”
Padraig has recently been chosen as Community Player of the Year by Hartlepool United Community Sport Foundation for his work in the community, becoming an excellent role model for young people.
NCS graduate Nathan Godfrey, 17, from Hartlepool, said: “I really enjoyed NCS. I had an amazing time making new friends and challenging myself with gorge scrambling and mountaineering in the Lake District.
“We developed CV-building skills back in the local area and planned and delivered our own community project.”
Local employer EDF Energy, who run Hartlepool Power Station, have recently announced a partnership with NCS, making graduation of the scheme ‘desirable’ for their jobs and apprenticeships.
A limited number of places remain in the Hartlepool area. Interested teens or parents should call 0191 247 4020 or visit NCSNORTHEAST.co.uk to book a place. NCS costs a maximum of £50, with bursaries of £10 available to young people eligible for free school meals.
When booking reference Hartlepool United as your NCS delivery provider
Start date Wave 1 - 16th July 2017
Start date Wave 2 - 24th July 2017