Blackburn Rovers Community Trust is delighted to announce that Hope Akpan has been named as the club's National Citizen Service (NCS) ambassador for the 2016/17 season.
Blackburn Rovers are at the heart of the community and Hope is a keen advocate of this type of work, so he will play an integral role in helping raise awareness of NCS and engage with the wider community. Hope is one of 40 players across the country to have pledged support for the NCS programme.
In 2014, he was shortlisted for PFA Player in the Community Award, after volunteering to take the position of social inclusion ambassador while at Reading, becoming a regular attendee to a number of throughout the local area, making him an ideal candidate to take on this role.
Hope will work alongside Blackburn Rovers Community Trust by visiting school assemblies, engaging with young people on NCS programmes, and celebrating the amazing work young people achieve whilst taking part in NCS.
Speaking about taking on the honourable position, he commented:
"I'm delighted to be supporting the great work of the NCS programme at Blackburn Rovers and it's exciting to hear that hundreds of teenagers have been able to make such a positive contribution to our community this year by taking part in it.
"The whole club is proud to be involved in a scheme that has received government praise in the past few weeks for the way it is changing lives for the better across the country and we hope that we can continue to make a real difference to the confidence and skills of our local youngsters through our great NCS delivery."
The amazing growth of NCS has also been a great source of pride to Blackburn Rovers Community Trust's NCS co-coordinator, Jonny Ellithorn, who explains:
"We're always delighted to see how we improve the lives of the teenagers that come through our NCS programme and we've seen so many of them go on to become better people thanks to this great initiative.
"The amount of good it does for the wider community is remarkable and we're always honoured to be able to act as the inspiration to help these great young people with their social action projects which go on to make a big difference for the people they're looking to support.
"If anyone in our area has been thinking about doing NCS, I'd suggest that they stop thinking and start doing, because it's one of the most inspirational things they'll ever do.
"We take them on some great experiences, put them in front of some fantastic motivators and see some superb end results. It's no wonder that David Cameron is focusing his energy on furthering the profile of NCS, now that he has stepped down as Prime Minister!"
NCS takes place across Blackburn with Darwen through Blackburn Rovers Community Trust in spring and summer 2017, and is open to all 15-17 year olds for just £50. For more information visit www.ncsnorthwest.co.uk.