From 2020, Stevenage FC Foundation will engage thousands young people aged 16 and 17, delivering National Citizen Service (NCS), a 4 week programme funded by the Government. 

In partnership with EFL Trust, Stevenage FC Foundation won the contract to continue the delivery of NCS from 2020 onwards joining 65 Delivery Partners that will be managed by EFL Trust.

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 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.

Stevenage FC Foundation has delivered NCS since 2012 engaging over 2,500 young people During that time young people have delivered over 50,000 hours of social action in Stevenage which has included the regeneration of two local primary schools allotment areas, volunteering in residential care homes and raising valuable funds and awareness for local charities.

Leon O’Brien graduated NCS with Stevenage FC Foundation in 2017 and believes that the programme has change his life;

"I am different person since doing NCS. It changed my career prospects and opened up so many opportunities for me. I feel like NCS made me a more confident individual and gave me the skills to put myself out there in the local community. I met young people from all around the UK through my involvement with the youth board and I still keep in touch with them today. NCS created lifelong memories for me and it’s an experience I will never forget."

Dani Toyn, Project Manager at Stevenage FC Foundationis delighted to be part of the new network of NCS delivery partners saying:

"It’s great that we’re continuing to deliver NCS to the young people in our local community and we’re excited to be partnering with the EFL Trust to do this. We’ve had 7 years of great NCS delivery and are excited to be able to offer the programme to even more young people. NCS is a great opportunity for young adults in the community and we’re confident that we can continue to deliver a great programme."

Chief Executive of NCS Trust, Michael Lynas said;

"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."

For more information about how you could get involved with our NCS programme please click here or contact our team on [email protected]