Burnley FC striker Sam Vokes visited NCS participants at Turf Moor this week and took part in a Q&A with the lucky teens. The Welsh international, who is also player ambassador for the NCS programme, answered questions on a range of subjects from the group including his career, lifestyle and even his future FIFA ratings!
The participants are currently based at Turf Moor completing the National Citizen Service programme with Burnley FC in the Community, which aims to give young people (aged 16-18 or up to 25 with SEN) the skills to enter the work place and prepare for adult life.
As part of the scheme, the group are creating a social action project to help local charities, whilst at the same time developing their communication and teamwork skills. As a break from their hard work, the popular first team star popped into Community’s new education facilities in the Jimmy McIlroy stand to inspire the 36 young people. Participants had also taken part in an Equality and Diversity workshop earlier in the day – based around the Paralympics – which inspired many of the questions Sam faced.
Rebecca Robertson, Social Inclusion Manager at Burney FC in the Community, explained: “Sam is a fantastic ambassador for our NCS programme and we really value his time today to speak with us. He answered some tough questions and really gave the young people inspiration and motivation as to what hard work can bring!”
In the upcoming weeks, the group will implement their Social Action Projects across the area to raise awareness and funds for local causes. Keep an eye on our social media pages (@BurnleyFC_Com on twitter and Burnley FC in the Community on Facebook) for updates!