NCS (National Citizen Service)

Recruitment is well underway for 2018, with a third of our places already taken! Sign up now if you want to be part of the most exciting NCS movement in our area!

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that helps you build skills for work and life, while you complete new challenges and meet new friends.

You'll have a short time away from home and take on outdoor activities, before making your mark in your local community as you bring a team project to life.

The EFL Trust runs NCS programmes for thousands of 16 and 17-year-olds with its football clubs such as Blackburn Rovers and organisations across the country.

NCS programmes run during spring/summer/autumn holidays, so it won't interfere with your studies if you are at school or college.

NCS In 2018

National Citizen Service (NCS) is the fastest growing youth movement since the Scouts began. Over 200,000 young people have now graduated from the programme.

Blackburn Rovers Community Trust are part of the national movement of NCS, which has had a huge impact on young people and communities with over 1.9m hours of social action having taking place across the country, the equivalent to building 74 Olympic Stadiums or The Great Wall of China.

NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all 15 to 17-year-olds that can help fast-track young people’s futures by learning new skills for work and life, enhancing CVs by demonstrating to employers the skills that they have learnt whilst on NCS, boosting confidence, and aiding teamwork and leadership skills.

Our recent activity has seen groups undertake concepts such as sponsored walks or marathon football matches in order to raise money for good causes, including over £1,000 which was generated to help brave Theo Power cover the costs of his treatment against a rare form of cancer. In the summer, our group will be undertaking two weeks of residential activity, followed by a similar social action project to support the worthy cause collectively chosen by the group.

Mick Whittle from Blackburn Rovers Community Trust's NCS team, believes that more young people in Blackburn with Darwen can benefit from NCS, explaining:

“We regularly fill every space available on our NCS programmes, which shows what a popular NCS offering we have here at Blackburn Rovers.

"Everybody that signs up has a remarkable experience, taking part in group activities like raft building, climbing and many more exhilarating outdoor pursuits that they otherwise wouldn’t normally get chance to access. The new-found self belief that comes from this always starts to shine through when the students come to put something back into their area when they work together on the social action projects they undertake.

"Leaving with an extra award to put on your CV makes it the ideal addition to any college, university or job application, so if you haven’t already thought of the benefits of NCS and you’re in the right age group, I’d urge you to think about it now!"

We’re still recruiting for the summer, so make sure you contact Jonny Ellithorn via the details below as soon as possible, in order to avoid missing out!

NCS Helps Improve...

  • Boosts your CV, giving that extra edge for jobs, university & life
  • Lifelong skills, lifelong memories
  • Make a difference in your community

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Chris McGrail on 01254 508122 or at

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