From 2020, AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust will engage thousands of young people aged 16 and 17 by delivering the National Citizen Service (NCS), a four-week programme funded by the Government.
NCS is one of the fastest growing youth programmes engaging 500,000 young people since piloting in 2009.
The NCS experience will give young people a clearer idea of what they want from their future. They will take on fresh challenges, get a taste of independence and be given a platform to have their voices heard and deliver a social action project that will positively impact their local area.
Through the EFL Trust, over 1.8 million hours of voluntary work has been delivered addressing local and national issues which young people are passionate about such as mental health, the environment and plastic waste.
AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust won the contract to deliver NCS from 2020 onwards joining 65 delivery partners that will be managed by the EFL Trust.
Head of the Community Sports Trust, Steve Cuss, is excited to be a part of the new NCS network of partners who will deliver its flagship programme for young people over the next five years.
“We are delighted to be delivering the NCS programme in Bournemouth over the next five years to provide opportunities and experiences for young people as they move through further education and employment.”
Mike Evans, director of operations at the EFL Trust, is delighted with the amount of football clubs involved in the NCS going forward saying:
“The EFL Trust’s vision is to create stronger, healthier more active communities and we see the delivery of NCS as a significant part of achieving this.
“We are delighted to be able to grow our supply chain of club community organisations and youth organsations involved in NCS and are proud of the impact we have had through NCS so far.
“Supporting thousands of young people as they transition into adulthood and then in turn make a positive difference in their community is something to be immensely proud of, and we look forward to continuing that in the future.”
Chief Executive of the NCS Trust, Michael Lynas, also commented.
“I’m incredibly proud of everything that NCS has achieved in the last ten years. As it moves into the next phase of its life, I’m confident NCS can make a more significant difference for our young people and their communities than ever before.”