To mark the nationwide NCS Action Day 2021, young people from our NCS Local Action Group in Leeds worked alongside a local street artist known as the ‘Burley Banksy’ to revitalise the clubhouse of local football club Beeston Juniors.
The group, which is run in partnership between Leeds Rhinos Foundation, Leeds United Foundation and The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, worked with viral sensation Andy McVeigh to repaint the building in glorious blue and amber, colours which unite all three of the city’s premier sporting clubs and also feature on the kit of the Beeston side.
Featuring a striking, free-flowing design, the mural took three days to complete and has helped to give the clubhouse a new lease of life and inject a sense of real pride into the heart of the local community.
The project was all in aid of NCS Action Day, an annual event which aims to showcase the true power of young people as NCS graduates use their skills and experience they gained on the programme to continue doing good.
Throughout the pandemic, young people on NCS with EFL Trust have been at the forefront to support their local community and NCS Action Day is another showcase of the impact young people can make.
This extension of the NCS programme allowed young graduates aged 16-18 to get back out in their community during the Easter holidays and emphasise their commitment to creating positive change in their local community, with Beeston Juniors seeing first hand the huge benefit of this voluntary action.
Posting on their Twitter account, the club commented: “On behalf of everyone involved with Beeston Juniors, we’d just like to say a massive heartfelt thank you to the NCS teams from Leeds Rhinos, Leeds United and Yorkshire Cricket Foundations for creating the mural at the clubhouse. It has given our building a real boost and an identity for us all to be proud of.
“The comments from the whole of the local community have been phenomenal. We are so proud and very grateful to everyone involved.”
In 2020, through the EFL Trust’s network, 15,000 teenagers have found a sense of purpose during these challenging times. To find out more about the NCS programme or to sign up for 2021, visit wearencs.com.