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Prince’s Trust 50th Team Celebration!

Fife College has celebrated its 50th Team Programme, delivered on behalf of the Prince’s Trust, by holding a special event for students and staff recently.
Team 50 present their cheque to Lyndsey Smith from Fife Sands
Team 50 present their cheque to Lyndsey Smith from Fife Sands

Over 700 young people have been recruited on to the programme over the past 15 years helping them build confidence and gain skills to turn their lives around!

The special celebration event was held at the College’s Stenton Campus in Glenrothes, which marked the successful completion of Team 50’s 12 week personal development course.

At the event the students were presented with a range of certificates for subjects they had completed including Cooking Skills and First Aid, by Dorothée Leslie, Vice Principal.

The students spoke about their fundraising community projects and Team Challenge from which they raised over £1,264.07 the most raised by any Prince’s Trust Team Programme

The group chose to donate the Team Challenge money raised to Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity and presented their cheque to Lyndsey Smith, from the charity.

Said Lyndsey: “We at Fife Sands feel honoured to be the chosen charity for Team 50. Their hard work and dedication raised a huge amount and is much appreciated. 

“The fundraising will help us support bereaved parents and families across Fife, by providing materials to help create precious memories, hosting meetings and events for families throughout the year and assisting specialist staff based at Victoria Hospital. Thank you to everyone involved.”

The students were joined at the presentation event by their tutors, family and friends. Matthew McCulloch, a former student who took part in Team 37 a few years ago, also spoke at the event and shared his story with the audience and students about how the Prince’s Trust course helped him.  Matthew, 20, from Cupar is now in the Army and said: 

“The Prince’s Trust Team Programme boosted my confidence and team building skills which helped me progress in my career. It changed my life around and enabled me to be the person I am today with a career in the Army which I am enjoying very much. I would recommend the programme to anyone!” 

Siobhan Shepherd, Team Leader, was very proud of the Team’s achievements and said: 

“Celebrating our 50th Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a fantastic achievement and we are very proud of all our staff and students who have been involved in the Programme over the years. The Programme allows students to gain valuable life and work skills as they bond together on the various planned activities throughout the course. 

“Team 50 were amazing and broke the record when it comes to fundraising thanks to their hard work and great ideas.

“I’m sure that the students would describe their 12 week journeys in different ways, with many ups and downs just like everyday life, most importantly they have each learnt and grown from their experiences.

“This final event is a great end to a fantastic three months and gives the students a chance to celebrate their achievements with their family, friends and with the staff from partnership agencies who support them throughout the process. 

“I would like to thank everyone involved and wish Team 50 the very best of luck for the future.”

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is an employability and personal development course which, alongside giving students practical skills, also awards a National 4 qualification upon completion.

The future looks bright for the group, with each of them hoping to use their newfound skills to progress onto other College courses or gain employment.

Student Jamie-Lee Wright, 16, from Rosyth said: “My favourite part of the course was the charity events – I found it fun and rewarding to raise money for a charity close to me. I have gained a lot from this course. I feel I am more confident and can work better as part of a team. I hope to now go on to do a childcare or access to nursing course with the College and pursue a career working with children.”

Andrew McIntosh, 20, from Glenrothes also enjoyed the experience and said: “I enjoyed everything on this course especially the residential outdoor experience in Peebles. I have gained more confidence and benefitted from team building. I hope to now get a job or become a volunteer.” 

The Team Programme is run by Fife College in conjunction with the Prince’s Trust for those aged 16-25 who are looking for a brighter future. It offers the opportunity to improve motivation, qualifications, confidence and existing talents while learning new skills. The course includes a community project, team building residential, work placement and CV writing and job application workshops.

Applications are now open for the next programmes starting in January, April, May and September. For more information contact Siobhan on 07921 485556 or email

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