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What is NCS?

NCS is a government funded programme for year 11 students, aimed to support their transition from finishing school and starting new opportunities in either 6th form, college, work apprenticeships or other routes. Across Rotherham the scheme is ran and managed by Rotherham United Community Sports Trust

Students leaving Y11 will have up to 12 weeks free time before starting employment or further education.

The scheme is split in to 3 phases:

Week 1 - A residential trip away from home taking part in a range of activities developing team building and skills for life. All food and accommodation is included.


Week 2 - The students travel to the University of Sheffield where they move into the halls of residence for a week. They are given a budget and have to work as part of a group to cook meals and learn more about university life. Throughout the days they take part in a range of workshops including first aid and at night they cook off in the Master Chef Challenge and celebrate at the infamous Neon Party


Week 3 - As a team they will develop a local community project. Eg. – A makeover of a garden in an elderly care home, Raise funds for a local charity or decorate a local community centre. The aims of the week 3 projects are for the students to do something positive for their local community which acts as a great platform for the Job or UCAS Applications to make them stand out against the crowd.


Last year 545 young people in Rotherham signed up to the programme.


Costing only £50*, NCS engages young people in a fun-filled FOUR WEEK PROGRAMME and encourages them to meet new people and make new friends whilst doing something truly worthwhile with their summer!


Recognised by UCAS and employers nationwide, NCS is the perfect springboard to your next steps, whatever they may be! For more information visit

*financial support available if required

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