Fleetwood Town Academy scholars have enjoyed being on the National Citizens Service (NCS) programme over the last two weeks, delivered by the Club’s Community Trust.
As part of the NCS programme, the Under-18s squad have taken part in team-bonding activities at Hothersall Lodge, including raft building, climbing, and abseiling. They have also been inducted into the Club and the wider Fleetwood community.
As part of the NCS programme, they have been talking to local people, businesses and getting a better understanding of the Town itself. The boys also did their first shop together, buying food and drink to donate to local food banks.
The NCS programme has been a hugely beneficial addition to the overall Academy programme this year and has allowed our Under-18s to grow in confidence and self-esteem, whilst introducing them to Fleetwood Town and the wider community.
Andrew Griffiths, the Head of Education within our Academy, said on the programme: “For most of our scholars, this is the first time they have lived away from home, so the programme has provided them with cooking masterclasses, mental health workshops and seminars on motivation and resilience – all focusing on fundamental life skills the boys can take forward.
“The lads have really engaged in the programme and enjoyed the challenges they’ve been set along the way. As our scholars have not long come back for pre-season, the programme has given them the opportunity to get to know each other away from the intensity of the training sessions and has developed relationships within the group that are needed in any successful team.
“It’s been great to see the lads enjoy themselves, whilst picking up new skills that will support them throughout their life.”