Sheffield teens on the pitch at Bramall Lane

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Lucky graduates from the National Citizen Service (NCS) enjoyed VIP treatment when they joined the players at the Sheffield United versus Scunthorpe United match recently, a special event organised by Sheffield United Community Foundation.

Scunthorpe United match recently, a special event organised by Sheffield United Community Foundation.

A handful of Blades fans attended the game as special guests of the club to mingle with star players including NCS ambassador George Long, Billy Sharp and Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

The event, supported by Sheffield United Football Club and Sheffield United Community Foundation, launched the national two week NCS Match Day activity, highlighting the positive work that young people have done in their local community. NCS Match Day is the brainchild of the EFL Trust, and delivered by English league clubs right across the country.

NCS is a nationwide experience for year 11s and 12s. It is a chance for youngsters to shake things up and develop new skills for whatever post-GCSE life has to throw at them. It changes how teens see the world and has a huge impact on communities across the UK with over 1.9 million hours of social action taking place across the country.

Football fan and NCS graduate Charles, aged 18, said: “Completing NCS with Sheffield United was the highlight of my summer last year. I cannot speak highly enough of the programme.”

NCS ambassador and Sheffield United goalkeeper George Long, said: “I think NCS is a fantastic programme and I am delighted to be the ambassador for Sheffield United Community Foundation. I think NCS is brilliant. Ultimately, NCS lays a solid foundation for these guys to go on confidently and achieve whatever they want in the future.”