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Prime Minister announces National Citizen Service expansion

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Government to offer year-round NCS places to 90,000 teenagers by 2014.

The Prime Minister David Cameron has attended a National Citizen Service outward bound session in Gilwern, Mid-Wales to highlight an expansion to the programme. Chief Scout and NCS Ambassador Bear Grylls was also in attendance.

The outward bound programme in Wales is part of the Government’s National Citizen Service (NCS) - in which thousands of young people are already taking part.  Following the successful evaluation of  pilots, the Government has announced its intention to offer NCS places to 90,000 teenagers by 2014. As part of this scale up, NCS providers will be able to offer the service throughout the school year, not just in summer holidays. This will allow more young people to take part and offer a more sustainable model for providers.

Mr Cameron visited  Wales at a time when the Olympics has put the benefits of sport high on the agenda. He has visited Scotland and Northern Ireland in the last week, highlighting the national benefits of London 2012.