At our fixture against Norwich City on Saturday 10th March, young people that have made an impact in the community through National Citizen Service (NCS) graduates will enjoy VIP treatment as they join the players on the pitch to launch NCS Match Day, a special awareness-raising event organised by the Tigers Trust.
A handful of lucky fans who all graduated from the NCS programme – during which they gave back to the local community by volunteering and fundraising – will be going to the game as special guests of the Club to mingle with star players including Michael Dawson, Nouha Dicko & Seb Larsson.
The event, supported by the Club and the Tigers Trust, will be part of a wider EFL Trust campaign that sees NCS Match Day reach over 30 EFL and Premier League clubs across the country, highlighting the positive work that young people have done in their local community.
In 2017, NCS Match Day reached over 3 million people, with over 500 football players across the country celebrating NCS and the young people that have given back to the local community..
Football fan and NCS graduate, Jordan Wearmouth, 18, from Withernsea, said: “I can’t wait to meet the team and tell them all about our achievements on NCS.
“Through the programme I’ve overcome self-doubt that previously held me back and as a result, I’ve been amazed by what I can achieve. I’ve made a lot of new friends from all over Hull and East Riding, who I wouldn’t have met otherwise! I really hope the NCS Match Day inspires others to sign up and experience NCS, as it really is a once in a lifetime experience”
NCS is a flagship government initiative that provides young people aged 16-17 the chance to take on new challenges, experience exciting activities, make long-lasting friendships and develop vital skills that will support them later in life. It was launched to tackle three core issues of importance to society: social cohesion, social mobility and social engagement.
Club Captain Michael Dawson is a big supporter of the programme: “I’m really looking forward to the NCS Match Day as it’s always a pleasure to meet such an inspiring group of young people and hear about the great things they have accomplished on NCS.
“It’s an honour to be chosen as NCS Ambassador for Hull City and the Tigers Trust, as this brilliant programme gives young people the chance to experience a variety of activities and challenges whilst building new friendships and benefiting the local community.
“Ultimately, NCS lays a solid foundation for young people to go on confidently and achieve whatever they want in the future.”
In East Yorkshire, the NCS programme is delivered by the Tigers Trust, with the support of teens who have already graduated from the programme, and has made its mark on people’s lives and the local community. Participants enjoy a number of fun-filled team activities while away on a residential retreat, before returning to Hull to help local charities. Last summer, the participants raised thousands for local charities, renovated the New Adelphi Club among other local renovations and volunteered hundreds of hours to local causes.
Almost 400,000 young people have completed the NCS programme to date, giving up an incredible 11.7 million hours to social action projects since NCS started.
Chris Bloede, NCS Lead Officer at Tigers Trust believes that more young people in Hull and East Riding can benefit from NCS: “I would encourage any young person to take part in NCS. It is a unique opportunity where you can develop life and employability skills, make new friends and have lots of fun.”
Any supporters aged 15-17 years old, who want to get involved can register at www.ncsefltrust.co.uk.