Three students from Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form are to join in the Summer Programme at NCS with the Challenge next month!

NCS with the Challenge is run by the National Citizen Service and College students Amreen Ali, Saqib Iqbal and Yumna Shah will be taking part in NCS with the Challenge from the 16th to 31st of August. The students, who are all studying both Biology and Chemistry at the College, are all eagerly looking forward to taking part in the programme.

The College is dedicated to encouraging students to make the most of themselves, both within the classroom and in their own day-to-day lives. Students regularly embark on such activities as NCS with the Challenge, and the College supports them in every possible way in these endeavours.

NCS with the Challenge programme provides young people aged between 15 and 17 with the opportunity to get together and try new things, plus an chance to make a huge contribution to their communities. NCS brings together young people from all different backgrounds, offering new experiences and a common purpose to allow them to learn new skills and meet new people; and to discover their talents and realise their potential! The Challenge, founded in 2009, is a national charity aiming to connect and inspire people from across all generations, ethnic groups and incomes to build a stronger society.

The summer programme is a three week long activity, split into three different parts: NCS Personal Challenge, NCS Team Challenge and NCS Campaign Design and Action. The first section encourages participants to get active, taking part in fantastic activities such as abseiling, kayaking, hiking and rock climbing. The second section encourages young people to get involved, giving them a university-style experience to learn new skills and meet new people from the local community. The third and final section encourages participants to make their mark, allowing them the chance to work as a team to create and manage a project or campaign in their local community – after pitching their concept to business “dragons” to secure funding!

Yumna Shah (16) said, “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, a chance to try something different and be adventurous! I can’t wait!”