Aaron Mclean attends NCS graduation evening.

Following on from a successful Summer NCS programme, Peterborough United delivered their first ever Autumn NCS programme which saw another team of 16-17 year olds graduate.

NCS brings young people together from all different backgrounds in a common purpose and by offering new experiences, gives them the chance to take on new challenges, learn new skills and meet new people. This helps young people discover their talents and realise their potential whilst having fun, and this was certainly the case with our young participants this Autumn.

During the Autumn programme the participants were challenged in many ways from staying away from home and carrying out outdoor activities such as rock climbing, canoeing and an underground maze. They were pushed to their limits and many conquered fears. After returning home they completed life changing courses such as First Aid and Sports Leaders Award. They then had the chance to make a real difference to their local community, they planned and delivered a Social Action Project.

This group of young people choose to help the charity Free Kicks Foundation. They decided they wanted to give underprivileged children the chance to experience football like they do and raise funds and awareness for this fantastic charity.

From this they planned and carried out a bag pack at Asda and with the help of local organisations such as Bennetts Bouncy Castle they held a Posh Charity Funday. Unfortunately due to bad weather the Funday got cancelled however the young people had a backup plan in place and took their stalls such as Tombola, face painting and cake stand to Asda. They raised over £400 for Free Kicks Foundation which will give at least 2 underprivileged children the chance to become a mascot, meet the professional football players and watch a football match.

Those taking part were lucky enough to be joined at their graduation ceremony held at the club by Posh striker Aaron Mclean, who presented signed certificates from the Prime Minister along with their other qualifications.

NCS Coordinator Jenna Dunster said: “We have now completed our first year delivering NCS and we are delighted with the outcome. The course really helps youngsters get the best out of themselves and encourages team work and increasing self-confidence. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the organisations involved in this NCS programme throughout the year and thank Aaron Mclean for presenting their certificates.”

Peterborough United’s next NCS programme takes place next Summer 2015. If you are interested or know of any 16 to 17 year olds that would want more information on the NCS Programmes, then contact Jenna Dunster: jenna.dunster@theposh.com.