Watford Football Club’s Community Sports and Education Trust (the Trust) delivered their biggest ever summer of National Citizen Service (NCS). With over 350 young people engaged in various projects right across the borough, MP for Watford, Richard Harrington dropped into the Licolnsfield Children Centre to see what was going on.

Richard spoke with Project Manager Jess Howse about the positive impact of the initiative, for young people aged 15 -17 years old across Watford. As part of the ‘awareness day’, he also got involved in conversations around social media, substance abuse, and equality, among other topics, noting: “It was great to spend time with this fantastic group of young people, taking part in National Citizenship Service. I enjoyed learning about their positive experience, gaining new skills, making new friends, and making a difference in our community.”

L-R: NCS volunteer, Jess Howse, Richard Harrington

Jess Howse of Watford FC’s CSE Trust added: “We’ve known here for a long time what a fantastic opportunity NCS is for young people and it’s amazing to see so many teenagers taking part this year. It’s been great having Richard along and have him engaging with everyone, we’re very proud of all they’ve achieved and the journeys they’ve been on.”

The NCS programme has given over 400,000 young people across the country the chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make their mark and build vital skills for work and life. Delivered locally by the Trust, it continues to grow as participants not only improve their own skills but improve the Watford community by partnering with a variety of charities such as Peace Hospice, Herts Youth Inclusive Theatre and New Hope Trust and Home-Start Watford.

For more information on the programme, including how to sign up please visit www.watfordfccsetrust.com/ncs