Trial youth scheme paint North Walsham football club

A group of teenagers from across Norfolk were hard at work in North Walsham last week as part of the government's National Citizen Service trial.

The group painted and decorated North Walsham Town Football Club after volunteering to be a part of One Big Summer.

The team is the first wave of the project that is being run by the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF) as part of the government's National Citizen Service scheme, which aims to get 16-year-olds involved in their community during the summer.

Together the teenagers spent an activity week in Lincolnshire, before returning to Norfolk for residential camps.

There they decided how they wanted to help their community, coming up with the idea of decorating North Walsham Town Football Club - a team a number of the group play for.


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During the week they have painted the goalposts, changing rooms, dugouts and design a logo that has been sprayed around the ground in Greens Road.

Darren Hunter, CSF area co-ordinator for North Norfolk, said: 'The group knitted so well together that they decided they wanted to work on a project all together and have really enjoyed it.

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'I think it is an absolutely fantastic project for school leavers to fill the time between exams and going to college or further education.

'I think it is a good way to eat up time, because if you ask what they would be doing they say probably sitting at home playing on consoles.'

He added that many wanted to return to help the scheme next year.

Neil Coop, secretary at North Walsham Football Club, thanked the teenagers for their efforts and said some would also be returning later in the month to help.

He said: 'I think it is fantastic. We welcomed their new ideas and just let them loose.'

As part of the programme the group have been building a logbook detailing what they have been doing to achieve a NOCN Step Up qualification.

Gavin Coe, CSF partnership development manager, said the young people had been a credit to themselves, and that this marked the midway of the project.

Next week the second wave will be camping in Great Yarmouth, Eaton Vale, in Norwich, and Bircham Newton, near Kings Lynn.

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