Saturday’s home game against Brentford saw Hull City celebrate the impact young people from Hull and the East Riding have had on NCS, a youth programme aimed at 16 and 17-year-olds.

The awareness-raising campaign, #NCSMatchday, was organised by Tigers Trust, who deliver NCS (National Citizen Service) in Hull and East Riding. A handful of lucky Hull City fans – who spent their school holidays meeting new people, learning new skills and giving back to their community through the NCS programme – attended the Saturday’s match as special guests of the Club to raise awareness of NCS.

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 Hull City and Tigers Trust, will be part of a wider EFL Trust (the charitable arm of EFL) campaign that saw #NCSMatchday reach over 36 EFL and Premier League clubs across the country, highlighting the positive work young people have done in their local community.

In 2019, #NCSMatchday reached over two million people, with over 450 footballers across the country celebrating NCS and the young people who have given back to the local community.

Football fan and NCS grad Ellen Cross, 17, from Driffield, said: “After an amazing summer thanks to NCS, I am extremely excited to meet and talk to the players about the experience. NCS has opened so many doors for me, from being on the youth board to volunteering at other events. It was definitely a great decision to sign up. I’ve made lifelong friendships and learned a lot about myself.

“A personal highlight was our social action project which saw us host a music gig at the Adelphi to raise awareness about knife crime. It was such a rewarding experience. I hope #NCSMatchday shows everyone how amazing this experience is. If you haven’t signed up already, I 100% recommend it. You won’t ever regret it.”

Hull City striker Keane Lewis-Potter, a big supporter of the programme, added: “I’m honoured to be chosen as an NCS Ambassador for Tigers Trust and really look forward to celebrating all the great work local teens have done 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, while 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, please visit www.wearencs.com, email [email protected] or call 01482 358374.