HUCSF are set to welcome a new group of NCS students and they kicked-off their latest Programme with a special visit to the Club’s training ground.
The new set of recruits are all aged between 18 and 24, and they’re all members of an additional learning needs football group who meet weekly at The Sports Domes.
As part of the Programme, students will spend four days away from Hartlepool, embarking on an overnight residential at Ford Castle in Northumberland where they will develop skills such as teamwork and independence.
The following week, the group will meet daily as part of a skills-building phase, where they will work on communication and social mixing, developing skills for life and getting to know more about the local community.
Finally, they will spend 30 hours planning and delivering a project within the community, using the skills they have developed throughout the Programme.
To celebrate the start of the new course, the students were taken to the First Team’s Racecourse Training Ground where they watched the players train, had photos taken and got autographs – and even got to take some penalties against Scott Loach!
“We’re really excited to be supporting the group through the Programme,” explained NCS Co-Ordinator, Vicki Burton.
“It’s the first time we are carrying out the Programme in this way but we are confident that will be a success both for ourselves and for the participants.
“It was brilliant to be able to visit the Training Ground and meet the players and staff – lots of the students are Pools supporters so were very excited about it.
“The players were excellent taking time out to chat with us and it just helped to give the Programme that greater connection with the Club.”