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NCS Project Off To A Busy Start

41 local students get active with U's Football in the Community

3 July 2019

It has been a productive first few days for Colchester United Football in the Community and the 41 students participating in our National Citizen Service project.

The students, who all originate from Colchester schools, headed to Kibblestone International Camp Site for their first week of this year's NCS.

The U's coaches and the participants arrived on Monday, and were given an orientation of the site in Staffordshire and enjoyed a series of activities including human golf.

The evening saw them participate in orienteering across the whole site in their new teams, as they got to know the other members of the group.

Tuesday saw Group 1 enjoy archery and Treetops, as well as high ropes including Jacobs Ladder challenge and High All Aboard which challenges the young people to test their climbing skills as well as team work and co-operation.

Group 2 took part in rock climbing, before they went on to indoor caving, followed by raft building, ending in a bunch of very wet and soggy set of participants!

Group 3 also got to test their hand at caving and raft building, and were joined by community coaches Callum Murphy and Tom Tayler, who were eventually pushed overboard into the lake!

Back at the camp in the evening, they were treated to some football, with the majority of the participants watching England's Women's World Cup semi-final against the USA, whilst the remainder went on a scavenger hunt.

There was no rest on Wednesday, either, with another busy day.

Group One were the first to undertake the most demanding of the challenges, a 13km walk across the countryside of Stone and surrounding areas.

During the walk, they will be taking part in challenges, which will give them the information they need to progress further into the walk.

We'll have regular updates from the Colchester United Football in the Community coaches through the four weeks of this first wave of students, including a week at the University of Essex and a social action project.

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