What is NCS?

The National Citizen Service is a Government funded, once in a lifetime programme for your child.  They'll meet and make new friends and work in teams with them, experiencing exciting and valuable new challenges and life skills, all of which are designed them forward in life, and all under the supervision of our motivational and experienced FA coaches (all enhanced DBS checked).

First Stage

During the first stage of your child's NCS experience, they will go on an "away residential", living away from home with young people at an outdoor activity centre taking part in an array of outdoor team-building outdoor activities and exercises: including, for example:

  • archery
  • raft building
  • high ropes
  • mountain biking
  • kayaking/canoeing
  • orienteering
  • .... and many more
Second Stage

During the second stage, your child will be closer to home (within an hour's drive) on a home residential, staying in (for example) university halls of residence or a youth hostel.  They will have the opportunity to work with local businesses and the local community, and take part in life skills such as planning and budgeting.  They'll be budgeting for, and preparing, meals for themselves and their new friends.

Third Stage

Once home, your child will continue to work in their groups working on community projects (previous examples include renovating residential homes, participating in a domestic abuse awareness campaign, working with local food banks, and conservation work) and working on local projects they are passionate about.  This stage culminates in a graduation ceremony where they can share what they have learnt with you and celebrate their successes; they will also receive a certificate signed by Teresa May, vital for their CV.

Who will look after my child?

Our primary concern and obligation is to the safety and well-being of your child.  The NCS programme is delivered across England and Northern Ireland by a network of experienced youth and community organisations which include charities, colleges, Volunteering, Community, Social Enterprise (VCSE) and private sector partnerships. All our NCS staff are DBS checked (previously CRB), have received the appropriate training to work with children and young people, are qualified in Emergency Aid and have completed the relevant Safeguarding Children training.  All venues are thoroughly checked and risk-assessed by BCFC Community Foundation staff beforehand, as are all the activities on offer.  The activities undertaken are overseen and led by trained instructors.

How will the NCS Programme affect my child's studies?

All the NCS programmes take place during school holidays, so impact on your child's studies should be minimal.

How do I get my child involved?

Your child can register online, speak to one of our coaches at school/college presentations, call us on 07464 596327 or email us at

Once they have registered, all the information they need will be sent to them.
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