Tuesday night’s championship fixture between Derby County and Ipswich Town saw chairman Mel Morris present the Derby County Community Trust’s summer NCS graduates with their certificates.

It’s been a fantastic summer for the NCS programme with 43 young people aged 15-17 graduating from the programme. All of their hard work culminated with a presentation on the pitch ahead of the Ipswich tie.


The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a flagship policy at the heart of the Government’s vision for building a big society. NCS brings together 15-17 year olds from different backgrounds in a programme of challenge, service and learning, enabling them to develop the confidence, skills and attitudes they need to become more engaged with their communities and become active and responsible citizens whilst having an amazing and enjoyable time on the fun and action packed programme.

The Derby County Community Trust delivered an ‘NCS Summer’ consisting of, Outdoor adventure at activity centres in Yorkshire and the North West, skill development at the YHA National Forest and 2 weeks of social action where the NCS teams worked with local charities to develop their projects and raise funds.

Overall the programme was a huge success with over £3000 raised for local charities and at least 60 hours volunteering in the community from each of the 43 participants.

Prior to kick off against Ipswich, the graduates took to the iPro pitch for a photo opportunity with Mel Morris and were all handed certificates to congratulate them for the work completed over the summer.

Following the presentation, Kieron Wicks, Education Manager at the Derby County Community Trust said:

“We’re delighted that Mel Morris has taken the time to spend valuable time with our NCS graduates and understand the importance of connecting sport and social action projects.”

On the programme itself he added: “We are looking to grow on the success of the summer by aiming for 60 participants this October Half Term. I would like to extend my thanks to the club for providing the opportunity for our graduates and their families to take part in this special occasion on a match day.”

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