Air Rifle Shooting at Peter Ashley Activity Centres Portsmouth
NCS Adventures at PAAC, enjoy a fun-packed outdoor adventure!

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience open to all 15-17 year olds. Nationally, more than 400,000 young people nationally have already said YES to NCS and many of them have enjoyed their second phase of their NCS journey here at PAAC.

PAAC love welcoming NCS groups to our centres because their core philosophy motivates us – creating new adventures, being in the outdoors and growing in confidence is why we do what we do. Through our variety of activities and challenges, NCS groups can work on team work, communication, increasing motivation and grow their own skills whilst enjoying a fun-packed outdoor activity stay.

We have been working with young people on their phase 2 residential since the inception of the NCS scheme. We love that the core themes of the NCS programme fits perfectly with our own Vision & Mission. Established since 1983 we have a wealth of experience in motivating young people, and building teams using outdoor programmes.

You can choose whether to stay inside the 19th century Fort which can cater for up to 100 people, or camp in the Forts grounds. Whilst staying with us, we offer a wide range of catering options. You can also choose to hire out the facility on a self-catering basis or relax and enjoy our fully-catered option during your stay.

  • Bed Only – Self catered
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Bed/Breakfast/Evening Meal
  • Packed Lunches
  • Buffet
  • BBQ
  • Camping
  • Workshop Space

These packages can be built around your requirements, and the experience of the group and abilities of the young people. We offer a challenging, fun packed, well-balanced activity programme – changing lives for incredible young people from all walks of life.

“The Peter Ashley Activity Centres at Fort Purbrook is the perfect setting for Pompey in the Community to host phase 2 of our National Citizen Service programme. A unique location overlooking our city that gives our young people the chance to experience independence and learn the skills for their future” – James Shannon – Head of Community Cohesion – Pompey in the Community

From initial enquiry we work together to produce an exclusive programme that offers a truly inspirational learning experience.

If you’re an NCS provider looking for an inspirational outdoor adventure partner then we’d love to hear from you. Speak to one of our experienced advisers today for a bespoke, value for money quotation.

Better still – come out and see us! For more information and a quote for your next adventure call Fort Purbrook on 023 9232 1223.

Facilities and Accommodation

Camp or 19th Century Fort? We’ve got it all.

On-site camping
Ideal for camping on-site to accommodate camps of all sizes from a small group to a large-scale camp of 1,000+ people. With facilities available, wherever you choose to pitch your tent, you’ll never be far from toilets, showers and basins. We allow open fires as long as they are in altar fires which we can provide for you to fully immerse yourself in your camping experience or bring your own.

Equipment hire
Why worry about having to bring lots of bulky equipment with you? Whether you’re completely new to camping, or just need a couple of extra bits and pieces for your group, just give us a call and we’ll arrange equipment hire (includes tents suitable for up to 8 people, gazebos and marquees for dining and events, collapsible tables and chairs, ring burners, BBQ’s and gas for cooking).

Indoor accommodation
Why not stay in the dorms of our 19th Century Fort and enjoy the modern comforts.

All options come as Catered or Self Catered.

Adventure – Away Residential

Each day young people will be challenged in different ways undertaking activities such as Climbing, Kayaking, and Survival Course. They will encounter personal challenges but have the support of their mates to help them overcome any fears they may have.

Your Future – Home Residential

The second week is based closer to you local community. Individuals and their teams will face the initial challenge of staying in accommodation whilst budgeting and catering for themselves – a real taste of independence.

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NCS visit options include
  • Groups of up to 100 in residential accommodation
  • Lots of residential catering options
  • BBQ/ Buffet
  • Camping Options for up to 180
  • Self-Catering
  • Large range of activities
Say YES to NCS
  • UCAS recommends students include NCS in their personal statement
  • Learn the skills employers value
  • Learn independant iving skills, including how to manage a budget
  • Meet incredible people
  • Provide young people with the opportunity to have their voices heard