The Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation can announce that they have secured an Open to All grant to deliver NCS (National Citizen Service) Community Experiences across West Yorkshire until March 2025.

The experiences will engage 2,456 young people aged 15 (who are already in Year 11) to 17 free-of-charge across the county, with the Foundation receiving funding to run experiences across a two-year period, supplemented by additional funds in the form of free venues supplied by the Foundation, with supported travel for participants supplied by Northern Rail.

We will co-deliver on the project via a consortium made up of Bradford City Community Foundation, and the Leeds United Foundation.

Mark Gifford, CEO of NCS Trust, said, “I am delighted to welcome a diverse range of local, grassroots and community organisations from across the youth sector to deliver reimagined NCS experiences.

“This allows us to reach more young people than ever before, ensuring they are equipped with the skills and perspective to become work ready and world ready. Additionally, our grants for targeted experiences will enable us to reach underserved young people and communities.”

While, Luke Shale, Head of Operations at the WTCF, continued: “We are so happy to have secured the NCS grant, allowing us to bring more experience opportunities to the young people of Wakefield.

Having had several very successful years delivering NCS previously, we can’t wait to get going with delivery which starts in just a few weeks’ time. Youth empowerment is vital to the work we at the Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation and our partners do. We are grateful to the NCS Trust and our new partners at Bradford City and Leeds United for their continued work in supporting the empowerment and development of the young people we strive to engage within our community.”

Head of the Wakefield Trinity Community Foundation, Mark Brennan, is also excited that NCS will return to West Yorkshire, explaining, “This is fantastic news, not just for the Foundation and club, but also the young people within Wakefield. This is about giving them opportunities to develop lifelong skills and to work with Bradford City and Leeds United on this shows our ambition as a Foundation.

We are always looking to develop and vary our offer to meet the needs of the community we serve, and this will be our vision, which this project over the next two years will support.”

We are now inviting any interested parties to contact us for more information on the NCS experience on offer. Please email our Youth Engagement Lead – Mason – for more information.

Our hope is that these experiences encourage participants to connect with their peers, create and develop new sets of skills, and inspire positive change in their communities. More information can be found at

The NCS experience we are offering will now be made up of a 5 day experience, split into 3 sections (CONNECT, INSPIRED & CREATE). Each experience offers Young People aged 15-17 the opportunity to take part in sessions they would otherwise not have the opportunity to. Please see below a breakdown of what each type of session consists of.

CONNECT (1 Day Experience) – Outdoor Adventure Day at Hunters Greave Campsite in Leeds, where activities include Crate Stacking, Axe Throwing, Bushcraft, Archery & HMP Riot Training etc.

INSPIRED (2 Day Experience) – This day can be delivered locally in Wakefield and usually consists of x2 days of social action projects with our local partners (AppleTree Allotments, St Catherines Church, Guide Dogs, Car Washes etc). The x2 days could also be used for life skills and development. (CV writing, Application forms, Money Management etc).

CREATE (2 Day Experience) – For this experience, Young People will have the opportunity to take part in 2 of 5 experience days that are delivered by the consortium partners and outside organisations. Please see below.


Wakefield Trinity – Sport & Wellbeing

Bradford City – Travel & Culture

Leeds United – Life Skills & Money Management

All Stars – Media & Production

Skate it Yourself – Business and Becoming an Entrepreneur

Please see below the current dates we are offering in February & Easter 2024.


CONNECT (Outdoor Activity Experience) –

Monday 25th March 2024 – 35 Places Available

Tuesday 26th March 2024 – 20 Places Available

Wednesday 27th March 2024 – 20 Places Available

Thursday 28th March 2024 – 17 Places Available

Wednesday 3rd April 2024 – 15 Places Available

Thursday 4th April 2024 – 12 Places Available

Friday 5th April 2024 – 38 Places Available


INSPIRED (Social Action) –

All Dates to be confirmed as soon as possible.


CREATE (Experience Dates) –

Wednesday 27th March 2024 – Wakefield Trinity Session – Delivered at the Wakefield Trinity Stadium.

Thursday 28th March 2024 – All Stars Sessions – Delivered at the Wakefield Trinity Stadium.

Tuesday 2nd April 2024 – Bradford City Session – Delivered at the Wakefield Trinity Stadium.

Thursday 4th April 2024 – Leeds United Session – Delivered at the Wakefield Trinity Stadium.