College Becomes NCS Champion Thanks to Community Trust Partnership

College Becomes NCS Champion Thanks to Community Trust Partnership

The National Citizen Service (NCS) has awarded ‘Champion’ status and the gold award to Blackburn College.

The award was given thanks to Blackburn College’s commitment to working alongside NCS to build awareness of their work.

The award also recognised Blackburn College as having exceeded expectations in promoting the programme and recruiting students to take part.

The NCS programme supports young people’s transition to adulthood by developing their strength of character and life skills which enables them to contribute to society with a greater sense of purpose, optimism and belonging.

Dr Fazal Dad, Principal and Chief Executive at Blackburn College said:“We are really proud to have been awarded ‘Champion’ status and the gold award by the NCS and look forward to our students continuing to benefit from the programme in the years to come.

“Receiving this award is testament to our strong partnership with Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, who continue to do phenomenal work with our students as part of their life-changing youth engagement programme.”

“This exhibits the excellence of partnerships and demonstrates how both organisations, using their strengths, are supporting the community in which we serve.”

Open to all young people aged 16-17 across England and Northern Ireland, the two to four-week programme includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn life skills, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.

Blackburn College and the Community Trust work together closely on a number of initiatives and share a relationship with Phil Watson CBE – who is both Chair of Blackburn College’s Corporation Board and a trustee of the football club’s charitable arm.

Blackburn Rovers Community Trust offers members of the local community access to the highest quality programme of grassroots sports, education, inclusion and awareness projects to encourage off-field participation, success and enjoyment.

Blackburn Rovers Community Trust are one of the largest football charity providers of the NCS programme, with around 400 participants enjoying the programme each year.

Students participating in the programme benefit from outward bound activities, confidence-building challenges and social action projects.

A large percentage of the students participating in the Community Trust’s NCS programme are students enrolled at Blackburn College – which is testament to the partnership between the two organisations.

Blackburn College is currently celebrating the fact that 95% of students progress into work or further study within 6 months of course completion*.

#Places are still available for September 2019 and prospective students are advised to visit to secure their place.


3 May 2019, 16:06 PM