The season may not have started yet, but our youngsters have already been forging close links with the local community...
The Academy have provided an assortment of training and matchday kit to children of local women’s refuge Family Help in Darlington.
Anna Caygill the service manager said: “Our younger residents were thrilled to go through a large kit bag with such a large amount of sports clothing.
“We have taught them to shout ‘Up The Boro'. And to say thank you the children have produced some brilliant sports art for the Academy.
Academy manager Craig Liddle said: “We are delighted to support such a worthy charity and we hope this small act of kindness encourages all of the young people to get involved in football.”
The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a voluntary personal and social development programme for 16–17 year olds in England and Northern Ireland and is a big part of the Big Society initiative, which was launched in 2011.
The main aim of the programme is for young people to feel part of a wider society and to learn how they can contribute to that society at a local level.
The new crop of first-years embraced the scheme and have worked with a couple of care homes across the Tees Valley Beachwood in Northallerton and The Riverside care home in Darlington.
The new apprentice group ran Yoga sessions on a Zoom call along with two bingo sessions. The group also raised well over £150 to purchase care packagers for the residents of the care home.
U18 Calum Kavanagh said: “It gave the lads and I a real sense of community and personal satisfaction known we have put smiles on the residents of care homes especially when during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic there were extremely scared of what might happen.”