Young People Leave Lasting Legacy in Leeds

In April, thousands of young people across EFL communities gave up their time to make a positive impact in their area. Young people tackled issues such as homelessness, loneliness, the environment, cultural divides and mental health whilst taking part in NCS Action Day, a national movement organised by National Citizen Service (NCS).

One such project involved 9 young people from Leeds. They made a mural by using ‘Legacy Fund’ of £660 provided by the EFL Trust to design and create a mural which brightened up Beeston Junior Football Club’s home ground. The group of young people are all part of the NCS Changemakers Group with Leeds United, Yorkshire Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos.

As a result of the hard work by Leeds Changemakers, Beeston Juniors and the community can enjoy the new mural brightening up everyone’s day. The colours are attractive and represent Beeston Juniors Football Club and Leeds United Football Club.

Beeston Juniors club house will now be used for NCS Changemaker meetings in which Leeds NCS providers will have access to. Other NCS activities will be based here which will set a great example for future NCS participants looking for inspiration when planning their social action projects. This means even more good work will come out of the project for years to come!

The mural, situated in the middle of a community, has already turned heads with many people complimenting the work done by the young people. Even whilst it was being painted, members of the public made comments such as “It’s looking great” and “Wow it looks so colourful!”

On the back of such a positive response, the group will now look to work with Beeston Juniors again to create other murals at the ground to ensure consistency and create an even bigger impact.

The project, described as ‘therapeutic’ by one of the young people involved said:

“It has been nice to get away from revision and do something in the community. It’s felt really therapeutic”

Another young person from the team, Jakaila, said:

“I feel proud that I have been able to do this and inspire other people in the community to take part in projects”

Burley Banksy, a local street artist who worked with the Changemakers to design and paint the mural said:

“It’s been nice to transform a building that was looking a bit tired into something bright and colourful for the community. It’s given the community something to celebrate.”

This is a brilliant example of a social action project designed and delivered by young people that will have a lasting legacy for years to come! To find out more about NCS, visit

Young People Take Action This Weekend

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Month-Long Ramadan Celebrations Taking Place At Deepdale

Preston North End will be celebrating the month of Ramadan by providing free fresh fruit, water and dates for those who are fasting, with a gazebo to be stationed at Deepdale each evening throughout the holy month of Islamic celebrations.

Preston North End Community and Education Trust will be working in partnership with Preston United, Preston City Council, Deepdale councillors Zafar Coupland, Siraz Natha and Ismail Bax, Lancashire County Councillor Frank de Molfetta, KGN Food Store, and the Community Gateway Association to deliver the project.

A gazebo, which will allow those who are fasting to access free, culturally appropriate goods, will operate outside the community offices on Alan Kelly Walk at Deepdale. There will be an additional stall in the Deepdale area at the junction between Holmrook Road and Castleton Road – across from the MOT garage.

Members of the community will be able to access goods from 6pm to 7.30pm every evening from Tuesday 12th April until Friday 7th May, allowing them to open their nightly fast with culturally appropriate foods. The fast of Ramadan typically sees Muslims abstaining from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset every day throughout the holy month. Members of staff from each organisation will be on site at the stalls each evening too, and will be able to signpost those who access the stall to relevant organisations and support services if required.

All Covid-19 protocols will be strictly followed to ensure that the stall can be accessed safely by all members of the community and staff amid the ongoing pandemic.

Head of Community Engagement Rebecca Robertson said:

“We have been working closely with Preston United, our local councillors and the Community Gateway Association on several projects in recent months, and we are pleased to be continuing that partnership to mark the month of Ramadan. We have an ethnically diverse community surrounding Deepdale, which includes a significant number of people of a Muslim faith who live in the immediate vicinity of our stadium.

“Ramadan is an incredibly important time for the Islamic community and we hope that by providing fresh water, fruit and dates, we can support those celebrating Ramadan through the challenges of fasting. We’re thankful to KGN Food Store for their support in helping us to source the culturally appropriate foods for the benefit of the wider community. Some of our non-Muslim staff members will also be taking part in the fast over this period of time to show our support and acknowledgment of this important month. Our staff members will be sharing their experiences of fasting on social media, where we will also be sharing educational resources around Ramadan. We’re looking forward to engaging with our local community throughout the month of Ramadan and welcoming people to Preston North End in a safe capacity to support them as they fast.”

Omar Khan of Preston United explained the importance of Ramadan and why those of an Islamic faith fast throughout the holy month. He said,

“This Ramadan will be a continuation of the projects that we’ve been running with Preston North End in partnership with the Community and Education Trust. This year, we are celebrating the beginning of Ramadan by providing Iftar packs, which is food to open the fast. “Preston North End, working alongside Community Gateway, Preston United and local councillors Coupland, Bax and Natha, have come together to put food packs together and get funding to secure food packs for everybody in Deepdale. We will have three stations in Deepdale where people can come, take some food, and talk to the PNE staff. It’s an expansion of what the Trust is trying to do, to get out in the community and understand its community.

“Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and is a time to reflect on how we lead our daily lives. It’s a very spiritual time. We fast on average 16-and-a-half hours each day, from sunrise to sunset. It’s a great time for us as individuals to reconnect with God and it is also a celebration of love and harmony within the community. It is also the month where the holy book, the Qur’an, was revealed to our Prophet Muhammad by God.”

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NCS Graduate, Josh, awarded for his work in the community

Josh Newbold, 17, from Rotherham has been awarded The High Sheriff Award after being recognised by The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit for his work in the community whilst on NCS (National Citizen Service) with Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST). Read more