75 NATIONAL CITIZEN SERVICE (NCS) graduates from Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Barking & Dagenham and Redbridge gathered recently at the O2 in London to celebrate their outstanding achievements this summer. They were joined by O’s keeper Lee Butcher in celebrating their successes.
NCS is a flagship government initiative which the Football League Trust worked with Leyton Orient to deliver for a second successful year.
During the summer, the 16 and 17 year olds spent ten days on two residentials doing outward-bound style activities and taking part in a range of team-building events and challenges, including shelter construction and wall-climbing. This was followed by planning and delivering social action projects across East London.
All 1000 participants from 18 Football League clubs met at the O2 to recognise their achievements. They shared stories about their experiences, took part in a series of team activities and learned more about becoming an NCS ambassador. They then went on to watch the England team cruise to victory over San Marino at Wembley Stadium.
Leyton Orient graduates provided the bulk of the entertainment by presenting dance and music performances as well as winning the Social Action Project of the year for Team WOTT’s work with Doreen Capstan House, a CBHA sheltered housing and independent living block for the elderly who may need extra support.
Luke Culling, the NCS manager at Leyton Orient said: “Our NCS team won the Social Action Project of the year for the young people’s helping, caring and creative interaction with the elderly residents at Doreen Capstan House in Leytonstone.
“They were in competition with 17 other clubs, so this is an outstanding achievement. It shows exactly what these young people are capable of when given a positive opportunity.”
Mike Evans, General Manager from the Football League Trust, said: “These National Citizen Service Graduates have made a big statement about themselves and their priorities in life. They have shown a maturity, commitment and dedication that will be viewed positively by everybody they encounter. The Football League Trust’s education work with 16 and 17-year olds continues to develop massively and NCS is a key part of this transitional phase in a young person’s journey through life.”
Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd added: “The young people I have seen successfully completing National Citizen Service never fail to impress me. They have shown they have the drive and determination to make the most of their time both for their own benefit and the benefit of those around them. Graduates of National Citizen Service have developed the skills, values and confidence that will allow them to move into adulthood with success and happiness. I’ve met NCS participants from all over the country and time and again I am struck by the very real and very positive impact they are making.”
During the half-time break at Saturday’s game against Preston, Team WOTT (Danielle Sweeting, Deborah Oloyede, Desire Kasasira, Enitan Ogundare, Elizabeth Tucker, Kofo Bashorun, Naomi Miller, Miles Sita, Billy Johnson, Jack Hand, Ozioma Nwachuku, Caleb LaFronte and team leader, Howard Gould) and some of the residents of Doreen Capstan House were re-presented with the NCS-SAP trophy by Neil Taylor, Chief Executive of Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme and Matt Porter, Chief Executive of Leyton Orient Football Club.
Leyton Orient is also delivering the Autumn NCS for 30 16 and 17 year olds who attended an outward-bounds camp in Essex in October half term and who are currently working on their social action projects.