Reds stars go back to college

Barnsley FC stars George Williams and Sam Winnall visited Barnsley Sixth Form College to inform students about the National Citizen Service (NCS).

The pair met with A Level students at the new £18m Sixth Form College campus to explain how they can benefit from becoming involved with NCS, which is run by Barnsley FC’s Reds in the Community programme.

A number of Barnsley Sixth Form College students have already committed to participating in NCS over the summer.

NCS gives young people skills valued by employers and an opportunity to learn to budget for themselves and live independently. UCAS recommends students include NCS in their personal statement when applying for university.

The students also took the opportunity to ask George and Sam some football-related questions about Barnsley’s Wembley success in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and the upturn in form over the second half of the season which saw the Reds achieve a place in the League One Play-Offs.

Sam Winnall said: “I would recommend NCS, as students benefit from taking part in the scheme and gain valuable life skills such as how to write a CV or covering letter. Education is important as not everyone can be a sports person or have a similar career.”

Marcus Dearns, Personal Progress Mentor at Barnsley Sixth Form College, said: “It was fantastic to have George and Sam here to talk about the NCS programme and for them to share some of their recent highlights with our students.

“I would like to thank Barnsley FC for setting this up and the work they have done with students promoting NCS. We know from previous years the life changing affect NCS can have on young people and I look forward to hearing about the experiences of our students who are taking part in the programme over the summer.”