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NCS - The Challenge
National Citizen Service

What is NCS?

NCS offers 15 to 17 year olds the opportunity to try new things. 


Over 100,000 fifteen to seventeen-year-olds have taken part in NCS


NCS brings young people together from all different backgrounds in a common purpose and by offering new experiences, gives them the chance to take on new challenges, learn new skills and meet new people. This helps young people discover their talents and realise their potential whilst having fun. To find out more about the individual parts of the programme, see the Summer or Autumn section.


We will offer more than 18,500 young people the opportunity to graduate from the NCS programme this year.


The NCS programme, and in particular the skills and experiences gained by NCS graduates, is now recognised positively by employers and educational institutions alike.


The Challenge is the local NCS provider in London, Surrey, West Midlands and The North West. We have been successfully delivering the programme since the initial pilot in 2009.

If your child lives or go to school in one of these areas they too can take part in NCS with The Challenge.


Click here to Sign Up


Through delivery of NCS, we bring together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society.


NCS is a government funded initiative that supports community engagement and social integration among young people

Why sign up?


NCS with The Challenge   is an intensive three-part programme for young people aged 15 to 17 that takes place outside of term time in summer or autumn.

Click here for upcoming programme dates.


The programme involves...


●  A stay away from home at an outdoor activity centre

●  Developing new skills and meet new people

●  A University experience living together with your team

●  A unique experience to design your own project

●  Gaining a certificate signed by the Prime Minister upon Completion    



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