A group of National Citizen Service (NCS) students will brave the cold temperatures on Friday night, camping out at the Proact Stadium to raise awareness of the tough conditions faced by the homeless.
The youngsters recently took part in a highly successful NCS programme which was delivered by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust. This featured a four-day residential stay at Malham in North Yorkshire and a series of activities in the HUB at the Proact, including a talk delivered by former Spireites star Shane Nicholson.
Neil Cluxton, who led the programme, will be joining the group when they sleep outside, between the pitch and the Karen Child Community (East) Stand. Neil said: “The lads represented the club well during their time on the course and embraced the challenges they were faced with. This is another tough challenge they’re taking on, which they're doing to help make people aware of the plight of homeless people.”
Chesterfield FC Community Trust received an invitation from the EFL Trust to deliver the NCS programme and Neil was delighted with the success of the programme. He said: “It is quite rare for National League clubs to be approached to run NCS projects so it is great for Chesterfield that we were asked to do it. We have received some excellent feedback, praising the activities we put on, the staff and the venue.”
NCS is an initiative specifically designed to provide young people with new experiences. It was introduced by the government approximately five years ago and is a nationwide programme run by most professional football clubs.