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Ellen Louise Cross' story with NCS started back in 2019 when she signed up as a participant.  
 
Two years on, the 18-year-old will now be working on the programme as an Assistant Team Leader.  
 
We spoke to Ellen to discuss her NCS pathway so far, and her advice to any young people thinking about signing up to the programme this summer.  
 
Why did you first sign up to NCS? 
 
"I participated in NCS because I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and do something I would not normally get to do. 
 
"I was very shy before NCS and wanted to try and steer myself away from hiding in my room all the time." 
 
What was your favourite moment whilst participating on NCS? 
 
"One of my favourite things from NCS would be getting to meet some of my closest friends and the different activities we have gotten to do together along the way." 
 
What was the best thing you took from your experience as an NCS participant? 
 
"The best thing I have taken from NCS would be the array of different skills I have gotten to develop. 
 
"I am much more confident in talking to people than I ever was and have even been able to apply these skills into my interviews for university. 
 
"But I have also gotten to develop my leadership skills and have learnt different styles of how to lead." 
What is your role on NCS this summer? 
 
"I will be working as an Assistant Team Leader with NCS during the summer. 
 
"This is the other side of what I have been able to do with NCS as I will be helping guide other young people through the programme." 
What would you say to anyone thinking about signing up to NCS? 
 
"I would tell anyone thinking about signings up to NCS to just go for it. 
 
"You will have the time of your life and get the chance to do stuff you would not normally get to do. 
 
"It looks great on your CV too and is a helpful talking point for interviews. 
 
"NCS is definitely a great opportunity, helpful and just overall a lot of fun." 
 
Interested in signing up to NCS this summer? 
We want you to have an unforgettable summer by getting involved with a range of fun activities, making new friends, learning life skills and much more. We want to give you the opportunity to both realise and unleash your potential! 
 
Don’t worry if you’ve not signed up yet either, we have waves running all the way through the summer that you can still sign up to if you’re aged between 15-17. Places are limited though so make sure you get in touch ASAP!  
 
If you'd be interested in signing up, please email: [email protected] 
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