NCS Summer 2022 programmes kicking off this week for Leeds Rhinos Foundation

Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s 2022 Summer National Citizen Service programme gets underway this week with more than 180 young people from across Leeds set to enjoy the summer of a lifetime!

NCS is the government’s leading youth project aimed to support young people 16 and 17-years-old as they transition from school into the workplace or further education. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new friends, enjoy incredible adventures, take on new challenges and gain crucial life skills required for future education or employment.

This summer, Leeds Rhinos Foundation will delivering the two-week programme across three different start dates known as ‘waves’, helping the young people involved to gain some unforgettable experiences with an action-packed programme of activities.

In Week One, participants will be heading off on a four-night residential trip to the YHA Grinton Lodge in the North East where they will immerse themselves in an array of epic outdoor activities, ranging from kayaking and rock climbing to archery and orienteering. During their time away, they will also engage in a number of workshops with external providers which help them to develop key life skills, such as public speaking, presenting, money confidence, problem solving and much more!

Before heading home, the groups will also be given time to plan a social action project, where they will work with one of the Foundation’s partnering charities or community organisations to drive social change and make a positive, lasting impact on their local community. These plans will be put into action during Week Two, when the young people will set about implementing their social action projects through a variety of different community events to help raise awareness or funds for their cause.

Last August, teenagers on NCS donated 200,000 hours of their time to help rebuild their communities after the first lockdown, showing what a difference young people can make when they work together towards a goal and giving them a voice to make positive changes on issues they care about most.

Through the English Football League Trust, over 1.8 million hours of voluntary work has been delivered addressing local and national issues which young people are passionate about. These include mental health, the environment and plastic waste. In partnership with EFL Trust, Leeds Rhinos Foundation won the contract to deliver NCS from 2020 onwards joining more than 80 delivery partners who will be rolling out this fantastic youth programme to teenagers across the country.

Following completion of the NCS programme, each participant will be invited to attend a glittering graduation ceremony at Headingley Stadium where they will be presented with a certification signed by the Prime Minister and have the chance to celebrate their incredible achievements with their new friends from programme.

For more information about Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s Summer 2022 NCS programmes, including a chance to meet our dedicated NCS team, please CLICK HERE

If you have any queries about NCS or would like to enquire about joining our Autumn 2022 NCS programmes, please email