Milton Keynes teenager offered dream job for summer

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NCS Graduate Luke Dallen took part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) with MK Dons in 2015 – and this year he returns as a team leader to help guide even more young people.

Luke initially played for the MK Dons Disability team and was encouraged to sign up for NCS by his parents as an attempt to combat his issues with confidence and communication.

Luke, now aged 17, is the first to admit he was dubious to start the programme: “I was nervous about taking part, but my parents and I felt that it would benefit me massively in the future”.

He graduated from the scheme in September 2015, but his attitude and commitment to MK Dons and the NCS programme has lead the team to offer him a position as a Team Leader for their delivery of NCS this Summer.

Thrilled Luke says, “I chose to do it again because I wanted the chance to be as supportive as my team leader was, and create a fun environment for the participants. Plus I also wanted to improve my confidence, communication and leadership skills even further.”

To date, more than 300,000 teens have taken part in NCS across the country. For any young people thinking of taking part, Luke said: “it’s a great opportunity to develop loads of new skills that will benefit you moving forward. You will also make loads new friends from different towns and villages which brings you so much confidence! It really takes your life to the next level.”

MK Dons are one of 32 clubs across the English Football League who will be hosting a NCS Match Day. The club’s first team players will have an important role to play by warming up in NCS branded t-shirts and meeting programme graduates.

There are still places for 15-17 year olds to get involved this Summer. To find out more call 0845 460 7410 or visit NCSEAST.co.uk