"My confidence has been boosted more than anything as well as my team building and all round leadership skills. I learned things about people that I would never have known before... it's been a great opportunity to break down barriers in our community."

Aaron attended the Young Leaders Training programme in the Colin & Eastside area of Belfast in 2018/2019. The programme aims to create a group of highly motivated, skilled and socially responsible young people who are enthusiastic about driving forward positive change in their communities and in society. It engages young people in sports, physical and creative activities that bring communities together and help create the next generation of community leaders.

According to Debbie Byrne from Peaceplayers, Aaron kind of felt like he knew everything at the start of the programme but she has seen that over last few months, something significant has happened. He's recognised that he doesn't know everything and has a lot to learn but he has the confidence to put these new skills into practice

What I've loved over the last three or four month is that he's really embraced the training and to see him grow in confidence and maturity... it's just been fantastic to see.

Adam Whitehead, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

The Young Leaders Training and Ambassadors programme is being delivered by Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in partnership with PeacePlayers International NI on behalf of the Department of Communities in various locations in Northern Ireland.

You can follow Dame Kelly Holmes Trust on Twitter to keep up to date with the Young Leaders and Ambassadors over the next 12 months