Over half term, we ran the NCS (National Citizen Service) Pilot Programme with six of our Sixth Form students.
As part of the pilot, Chelsea FC Foundation organised for 12 students (six from Fulham Enterprise Studio and six from Crawley- another champion school) to attend a residential as part of the first phase of the programme.
The following students were picked to attend the residential:
On Friday 19th October, the boys arrived in Milton Keynes for a 3 night-4 day stay. Within half an hour of their arrival
We arrived at Caldecotte Xperience in Milton Keynes on Friday 19th October for a 3 night-4 day stay. All of the boys attacked every challenge (outdoor adventurous activities), made friends for life with the other school, respected each and every member of staff and really embraced all the opportunities that were available for them.
Joanne Tighe, Senior Chelsea Champions Officer, said: “Within half an hour of our arrival I had two members of staff from Caldecotte comment on the impeccable behaviour, fantastic manners and overall attentiveness of the boys throughout their induction tour. The compliments did not stop there. Across the stay, each and every member of staff that came into contact with the group could not speak highly enough of the students. The group were expected to clean up after themselves after each meal and look after their rooms, belongings and just general area we were staying in. They did this to the highest standards and without any complaining.
“This was my first trip as an NCS programme lead and I cannot express how much of a pleasure it was to have such a wonderful group of students taking part.”
During the second phase of the programme, named Discovery, the students explored St Mary’s University which they expressed keen interests in different areas of the sports degrees they offer. The following day the students had a day at Stamford Bridge along with an inspection from Pharos- a company employed externally by NCS to inspect the safeguarding and health and safety of the programme.
Despite the inspector only intending to stay for three hours, she stayed the entire day and commented on how wonderfully inspiring the programme is and how fantastic the students are on it. The students explored the local community in the afternoon and represented Chelsea, the programme and the school impeccably.
The students then attended Cobham Training Ground on the final day of phase two. The students presented their phase 3 social action pitch to a dragons den panel in which they did with maturity and flare. The students were awarded £100 to contribute towards their charity project which they now have the full month of November to plan and deliver.
We are extremely proud of our students and appreciate the positive feedback on their outstanding behaviour.