NCS at Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT)
What is NCS?
OACT are a delivery partner of the National Citizen Service (NCS). NCS is the chance for 16 to 17 year-olds to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience during the summer and autumn school holidays, taking part in the country’s fastest-growing youth movement. 2021 is now our second year delivering NCS, and we hope it will be our biggest and best programme yet!
Why take part in NCS?
- NCS lets you experience new and exciting activities away from home, making a host of great new friends in the process.
- NCS can offer you valuable skills such as resilience, public speaking and teamwork that can help you stand out with your CV and UCAS applications, and prepare you for adulthood.
- NCS gives you the chance to give back to your local community by taking part in your very own social action project, making your voice heard and preparing you to be an active citizen.
For the first time ever this summer, there will be the option to take part in either a three-week or two-week model of NCS.
Phase 1: Adventure
Enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled 5-day residential experience in teams with 12-15 other young people, with the opportunity to take on exciting new challenges and activities such as rock-climbing, abseiling and canoeing, bringing you closer to your amazing new teammates.
Phase 2: Discovery
After taking the weekend to recover from an amazing first week, you will join us at our Phase 2 venue for another 5-day residential, held in university-style accommodation. During this phase you will learn how to live independently, budgeting for and cooking your own evening meals for the week. During the daytime, you will take part in a range of interesting workshops and activities focused on developing new skills which can help boost your CV and UCAS application. You will then put these skills to good use as you begin to plan your social action project for Phase 3!
Phase 3: Social Action
After 2 weeks of action-packed activities, this non-residential phase gives you the opportunity to put your new skills to good use and make a positive difference in your local community by planning and delivering your very own passion project with your team, helping a charitable cause of your team’s choice.
Phase 4: Celebration
You’ve now completed your social action project and had a huge impact on your local community. There’s only one thing left to do, and that’s celebrate! You’ll receive your NCS certificate, and as a graduate of NCS you’ll gain access to a plethora of exclusive opportunities to continue your journey and stay connected to your fellow graduates. You can join a Local Action Group, become a member of your Regional Youth Board, and take part in NCS Action Day to continue doing good, joining a network of almost half a million graduates.
This brand-new model allows you to have the same unforgettable NCS experience, but over a shorter two-week period.
- Week 1 will be an action-packed 5-day residential, incorporating Phase 1’s team-building and adventurous activities and Phase 2’s focus on independent living and life skills, in addition to planning your passion project.
- Week 2 will be non-residential, where you will deliver your social action project and make your mark on your local community.
More details on each model to follow.
How much does it cost?
NCS is government-funded, meaning you only have to pay £50 for the whole experience! This includes all activities, food, and accommodation for the full 2- or 3-week programme.
Bursaries are also available on a case-by-case basis for those families who require financial support, and we can also support young people with additional needs.
Testimonials from Autumn 2020 NCS Graduates (OAFC Academy)
“The NCS project was great because it gave us an insight to different people and the way society functions. It was important to give back to the local community in Oldham, and to give a helping hand to others who may be struggling in the community. We also got to take part in go-karting which was fun and it allowed us to bond and enjoy ourselves.” - Junior
“What I enjoyed most about NCS was definitely visiting the homeless shelter as it gave us the opportunity to see how the homeless have turned their lives around for the better in a positive manner, it made me realise how we really take things in life for granted.” – Asa
Summer 2021 wave dates to be confirmed soon!
For more information on our NCS programme though, you can contact us directly on: