Youth unemployment course inspires Aaron to success

Aaron Lewis and Keiran Adamson
Aaron Lewis and Keiran Adamson

An inspirational teenager from Burnley is now on a dream career path after successfully completing a project tackling youth unemployment.

Aaron Lewis (17) took part in the free Strike for Life programme, which has helped him secure a place on a sports course at Myerscough College and opened doors to coaching opportunities.

Using sport as an incentive to engage young adults, the programme offers 16-25 year-olds advice, skills and opportunities to kick-start their way into employment, training or further education.

The four-week scheme is run in partnership between Burnley Leisure’s Active Streets project and Whitefield Youth Association, Nelson. 

The programme focuses on helping young people who experience employment barriers.

Aaron had been studying for his A Levels before he realised he wanted to focus solely on sports. He made a tough decision to leave school and pursue his interest.

Aaron said: “Before I went to the drop-in session at the Youth Zone I was stuck in my house without any motivation.

“Strike for Life has given me the confidence to actually go and attempt new things.”