The awareness raising campaign, #NCSMatchday, is organised by Leyton Orient Trust, who deliver NCS in the Boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge. On the evening local young people – who will spend their school holidays meeting new people, learning new skills and giving back to their community through the NCS programme – will be invited to be pre-match flag bearers and enjoy the O’s game against Mansfield Town. In 2019, young people from EFL Trust’s network delivered over 650 Social Action Projects, volunteered over 260,000 hours of social action and raised over £230,000 for local charities and causes.
The event, supported by Leyton Orient Football Club and Leyton Orient Trust, will be part of a wider EFL Trust (Charitable Arm of EFL) campaign that will see #NCSMatchday reach over 36 EFL and Premier League clubs across the country, highlighting the positive work that young people have done in their local community.
In 2019, #NCSMatchday reached over 2 million people, with over 450 footballers players across the country celebrating NCS and the young people who have given back to the local community.
Leyton Orient FC Forward, Ruel Sotiriou, who is ambassador for the programme said: “I’m delighted to be chosen as this year’s NCS Ambassador for Leyton Orient Trust and look forward to celebrating all the great work local young people will carry out in the community while taking part.
“NCS is a fantastic programme that gives young people the chance to expand their horizons by getting involved in new activities and challenges, whilst also making great friends and benefiting our local area. ”
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. Supporting young people’s transition to adulthood, the programme develops their strength of character, giving a sense of purpose, optimism and belonging.
Almost 600,000 young people have completed the NCS programme to date, giving up an incredible 14.5 million hours to social action projects since NCS started. To find out more and sign up, visit: wearencs.com/summer