Government minister cheers Rotherham football link-up

CABINET Office minister Francis Maude dropped into Rotherham this week to back a trail-blazing link-up between football clubs community groups.

Mr Maude was at Barker’s Park in Kimberworth on Wednesday to meet teenagers taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme.

Rotherham United Community Trust are involved in running healthy eating sessions as part of their Fit For Football project.

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Mr Maude said that the NCS initiative was part of the Government’s Big Society programme, which aims to help build a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society.

It brings together 16-year-olds from different backgrounds to work together for the good of their communities while developing skills and confidence.

Participants spend two weeks away from home taking part in outdoor team-based challenges before returning home to work on the community projects that they feel most strongly about.

Mr Maude said: “The young people I met today in Rotherham and Barnsley really impressed me with their excitement and enthusiasm for making a difference in their communities.

“I want National Citizen Service to become a rite of passage and an experience that young people across England can share."