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South Yorkshire youngsters aged 16 and 17 have the chance to participate in action-packed team building and leadership events during the summer holidays.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) Summer Programme run by Groundwork NCS is giving hundreds of young people an exciting challenge after the gruelling exam period.

The government-funded scheme is designed to equip young people with life skills for the future. Two waves will take place during the summer holidays to give young people the chance to have fun, learn new skills and get involved with their local community.

Harris Khan, aged 17, of Kimberworth, recently completed the Spring Programme. He said: “There were loads of activities, a chance to learn skills and build confidence.

“I met loads of people – it was fun and educational at the same time, and it definitely improved my confidence.”

Each programme takes place in three stages.

The first stage comprises of an adventure residential at specialist outdoor centres in the Lake District, Lancashire or North Yorkshire. Young people take part in activities such as kayaking, abseiling, gorge walking and rock climbing.

The second stage is a set of structured tasks around learning and developing new skills, ranging from enterprise and media production to managing personal budgets. During this stage participants stay at student halls in Sheffield to get a taste of independent living.

In the third stage, young people will design and deliver their own social action project in the local area. These projects are varied and could include working on environmental projects to creating a social media campaign for a local charity, helping organise a music festival or a fashion show, DJ workshops or providing a sports day event for local kids.

The first wave kicks off on July 29 and the second on August 12, each lasting around four weeks.

The scheme would normally cost around £1,300, but due to government funding will cost £50. Groundwork are refunding £25 when the participants complete the programme and offering bursaries for young people from lower income backgrounds.

NCS say that places for this summer’s programme are going quickly. Anyone who is 16 or 17 can register interest by texting ‘NCSYes’ followed by their full name, address and school to 88802, or by submitting their details to

Alternatively, call the Groundwork NCS office on 0114 241 2778 between 9am and 7pm Monday to Friday.