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SCHOOL leavers in Sheffield are being urged to snap up the last few places on a new free course running this summer.

National Citizen Service - NCS - is a scheme run by the Prince’s Trust for Year 11 leavers.

It teaches them new skills, encourages them to challenge themselves and make a positive impact in their community during the summer holidays.

Sam Kennedy, Prince’s Trust regional director for Yorkshire and The Humber, said: “Places are going quickly for this course which is set to start in just a few weeks’ time.

“As another school year comes to a close, parents across Sheffield are sure to be making last-minute plans to keep their kids entertained during the summer holidays.

“NCS is an ideal way for them to spend their time taking part in a range of activities to help build their skills confidence for future employment or further education.

“The public perception has often been that youngsters offer very little to the community. NCS is the perfect opportunity for young people to prove them wrong.”

Young people will design a project to benefit their local area as well as going on two team-building residential weeks, taking part in outdoor challenges and group activities.

NCS will be run with The Prince’s Trust and The Source in Sheffield, starting on July 4. It is a coalition government scheme to be piloted across the UK this summer.

n To sign up for National Citizen Service, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk/ncs or call freephone 0800 842 842.