From NCS Participant to NCS Admin Support Officer – Hamda’s Story

“I live so close to the ground, so to be working with the Trust out in the West London area is something I am so proud of. I can’t thank QPR and the Kickstart scheme enough.”

Having taken part in NCS herself in 2015, Hamda Ismail now has the opportunity of supporting hundreds of young people from her local community. She says,

“In 2015 I took part in the NCS programme and it was honestly one of the best experiences of my life, so to be working in a role like this was an amazing opportunity that I didn’t want to miss out on.”

Representing your local football club & helping your local community is somewhat of a dream for any fan. For Hamda, this has become her reality.

During 2020, Hamda faced redundancy & found herself out of work, as was the case with so many young people following the Coronavirus pandemic. In need of a full-time role, she discovered that her local club, Queens Park Rangers, were advertising for an NCS Admin Support Officer.

Her prior experience with NCS stood her in good stead, leading to her landing the position. 

And after speaking with Andy Evans, QPR Community Trust CEO, she was so impressed with the organisation and she knew what a good fit the position was for her.

“On my first day I sat down with Andy and he was so passionate about the Trust and the work we do in the local community. It was so nice to see and you could just feel the enthusiasm coming off of him. I knew I wanted to work here.”

In a short space of time, her new job has inspired Hamda to continue the pursuit of a career working with young people in her local community.

“This role has already inspired me to want to go to university and get a degree to enable me to continue working with local children as I am so passionate about that…this role will give me a huge stepping stone to be able to further my career.”

This summer marks ten years since the EFL Trust, the charitable arm of the English Football League (EFL), and NCS partnered to deliver life-changing experiences for young people across the country through the social action scheme. 

The programme, delivered by 64 Delivery Partners, has engaged more than 65,000 teenagers to date and these young people have volunteered over 1.9 million hours to their local communities. The programme is designed to help young people realise their potential, reach their future goals and in-turn, improve local communities through positive social action.