NCS is a 3 week experience you really don’t want to miss. If you’re 15 to 17 years-old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life. More than 600,000 young people have already taken part in NCS. Don’t miss out on the summer you deserve!

NCS is a chance for young people come together and achieve amazing things. Let’s face it – life’s too short to be stuck indoors. So why not kick-start your future with a summer you’ll never forget!

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Phase 1

Be Epic (1st Week, Monday – Friday)

On phase one, it’s time to challenge yourself! Living with your team at an outdoor activity centre, you’ll get to know some amazing people and enjoy some quality time away from home. The best part? You can do all of this with your mates – and you might even make some new ones.

You’ll get the chance to take on some adrenaline-fuelled challenges like rock climbing, canoeing, abseiling and hiking and of course plenty of time to chill out with your mates.

Phase 2

Live Life (2nd Week, Monday – Friday)

Now’s your chance to discover something new! You’ll be reunited with your group in a uni-style environment where you’ll develop life skills like first aid, self defense and how to balance a budget. You might even learn how to cook!

You could find yourself meeting organisations and important people from your local community. Even better – you might discover something new about yourself. Maybe you’ve got a hidden passion for photography, video editing, football coaching or even how to set up your own business!

Phase 3

Do Good (3rd Week, Monday – Friday)

It’s time to make your mark! This is where your NCS experience all comes together. All the fun and inspiration from the first two phases means you’re ready to step up and deliver your very own social action project.

The best part is it’s completely up to you! Have you got a cause you’re passionate about? Now is your time to make a difference.


It’s time to celebrate in style. All the waves come together for one amazing night! We think it’s only right that you and your team should enjoy a well-earned reward for doing something truly inspirational in your community.
At the end of your NCS experience, you’re now part of the bigger NCS family. But fear not, this is only just the beginning! You’ll get exclusive access to potential volunteering opportunities and apprenticeships as well as amazing discounts and big events! Invites for Graduation will be given upon completion of the programme.

Summer 2020

NCS this summer has been repurposed due to the Coronavirus outbreak and we want to ensure that everyone is protected and safe. NCS will be directly sending out updates and next steps of how you can stay involved in a new feel NCS this summer.

Head over to the NCS website to find out how you can stay involved this summer. Before you ask, yes you can still take part in NCS summer 2021!

Pre-Programme Events

Between now and when you go away, we are running a number of FREE pre-programme events. These events are planned to allow you to meet the staff and get to know your fellow NCS participants. These are great opportunities to ask any questions you might have.

Pre-programme events will be announced in January and you will receive texts and emails about these.

Parents Evening, Induction & Bag Drop

The week before you depart, we hold a wave specific mandatory induction evening on the Monday where we ask that all participants and parents or guardians attend. During the evening there will be a short presentation covering all you need to know. This is the perfect chance to run over any final details and get all your questions answered.

The following Thursday will be your “Bag Drop”. This is your final point of contact with us before departure, we ask that all participants drop off their baggage for phase 1. This ensures we depart on time on the Monday morning and reduces any last minute rushing around. We ask you to drop your bag off at the Family Hub at Bramall Lane between 08:00-19:00.