Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton visited some of our NCS (National Citizen Service) participants at Teesside Nautical Centre on Thursday for an afternoon of rip-roaring fun on the River Tees.
The Boro number eight zipped up his life-jacket and took to the river with the young people to try his hand at powerboating, as he experienced some of the most iconic sites of Teesside.
Clayton and the young people cruised under the Transporter Bridge before passing the shores of the Riverside Stadium, as the Boro man cruised the boat up the Tees.
“I really enjoyed the powerboating,” said Clayton.
“It was a great experience and something different, and the young people seemed to really enjoy the activity. They have been working really hard giving up their summer to do this programme, and fun activities like this are something they deserve.”
NCS participant Ethan, 16, is a huge Middlesbrough fan, and a season ticket holder in the South Stand was thrilled to be able to share a boat with one of his heroes.
“It was absolutely unreal, one of the best experiences of my life. Adam was so sound with us all and it was amazing to be sharing a boat with him, I never expected it when I signed up for NCS.
“The boating was absolutely mint, riding the waves and sloshing about. An all-round brilliant day!”
The national citizen service (NCS) is a flagship government programme for young people aged between 15-17. Offering something for everyone, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to find your identity, take control of your life and channel your energy into making a real difference to your local community.