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Graduate of the year

Wednesday 31st October 2012

Georgie Davis, who took part in NCS with the Trust this summer, lifted The NCS Graduate of the Year prize in an awards ceremony held at the IndigO2 last week.

The second Football League Trust National Citizen Service Graduation Ceremony, sponsored by npower, saw hundreds of teenagers celebrate their special day in the IndigO2 at London's 02 Arena last Friday.

Launched last year, the National Citizen Service brings together 16-year-olds from different backgrounds in a programme of challenge and learning, enabling them to develop the confidence they need to become more involved with their communities and to become more responsible citizens.

And the teenagers, attached to 15 football clubs, including Charlton Athletic, showcased their incredible work at the glittering awards bash ahead of England's 5-0 World Cup victory over San Marino, where they were honoured as VIP guests at Wembley Stadium.

The Graduation Ceremony was hosted by BBC sports presenter, Manish Bhasin.

Nick Hurd MP, The Government's Minister for Civil Society, praised the 'incredible work' done by the graduates. He said, ‘NCS is about giving young people the opportunity to do something fun and challenging but also to empower them, so that they know that they can make a difference in their local community.’

Georgie Davis, from Charlton Athletic, lifted The NCS Graduate of the Year prize, presented by Clare McDougall, Head of Community and Education at npower.

Since Georgie graduated from NCS in 2011 she has been a constant presence at The Trust. Having completed her FA Level 1 in Football Coaching qualification, during her time on NCS Georgie impressed the tutor so much that she was instantly brought in to volunteer as a coach for the Trust’s Girls Development Centre.

Even prior to NCS starting Georgie supported the programme during both the planning and induction phases contacting young people by phone answering any questions they had and reassuring them if they had any concerns, giving real and personal advice from her own NCS experience.

Andy Carpenter, NCS Coordinator at the Trust, commented, ‘Georgie attended various NCS inductions, greeting new recruits and infectious personality meant that even the most reserved young people instantly felt welcome. Her involvement in the early phases of NCS undoubtedly contributed to the high percentage of those young people who showed up on day one of this years NCS’.