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Q&A with Cambridge United's NCS participants

As our Summer 2016 NCS Programme entered its final week, we caught up with some of the young people who have been taking part in the past month.

What has been the highlight of the programme for you so far?

Sasha Vail, Cottenham Village College: Meeting new people and having the games night in Week 2 because everyone got involved. And capsizing from a kayak for a cup of tea in Week 1!

Solomon Odoleye, North Cambridge Academy: Doing all the activities like paddle boarding and sailing in Week 1 was a highlight because they were all brand new activities I haven’t done before, so it was a fun new experience.

What skills have you developed in the past few weeks?

Amy Fryer, Cottenham Village College: I have learnt how to work in a team effectively and how to communicate better with people I didn’t previously know.

Rory Bates, West Suffolk College: I’m now more confident speaking to new people and I am better at organizing things.

What did you enjoy most about week 2?

Megan Clowes, Cottenham Village College: The Charity Carousel – I learnt so much and signed up to volunteer with a couple of the charities!

Thea Wrench, Hills Road Sixth Form College: All of the competitive activities with the other groups, especially the Scavenger Hunt, Masterchef Challenge and Mini-Olympics.

What is your social action project and how did you come up with it?

Ben Marson, North Cambridge Academy: Our social action project is an anti-bullying open air cinema. We came up with this idea because everyone in our group has witnessed bullying or been bullied, so we wanted to help others in the same situation.

Kieran Cavill, Cottenham Village College: My team’s social action project is a family football fun day to raise money for a charity called KidsOut. The original idea came from me as I suggested a football tournament, but it has evolved over time to a football fun day!

Amy: Our social action project is a week of visits to 5 different care homes around Cambridgeshire in which we will conduct activities including bingo, countdown and raffles and also provide food. Our aim is to reconnect with our senior citizens. It was an idea that stemmed from the unanimous decision to focus on closing the gap between the elderly and young people in the community.

Would you recommend Cambridge United’s NCS Programme to friends?

Sasha: Yes, definitely. You get lots out of it - new friends, confidence, independence and lots more. Cambridge United make it fun and also involve a wide variety of people.

Solomon: Yes, it is a great way to challenge yourself and mix with new people you wouldn’t have mixed with otherwise.

Amy: Yes! It’s a brilliant way, no matter how confident you are, to make new friends and socialize with people you wouldn’t have otherwise approached!

The young people will be completing their social action projects in the coming weeks, so look out for coverage of these on Twitter (@CUCTrust) and Facebook (facebook.com/CUCTrust).

Our next NCS Programme will be running during October half-term, and all 16-17 year olds are eligible to take part. All costs for this exciting opportunity, barring a £50 contribution from the participant, are met by Cambridge United, so get in touch with our NCS Co-ordinator Darryl Coakley at daz.coakley@cambridge-united.co.uk for more information! We only have 45 spaces and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis!

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