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Blackburn Youth Zone is delighted to announce that BAE Systems have pledged to continue their support for Blackburn Youth Zone.

BAE Systems, the UK’s largest defence and Security Company with major sites operating at Warton and Samlesbury, have backed the Youth Zone by pledging financial support as a Patron.

Established six years ago, Blackburn Youth Zone provides a wide range of activities for young people aged 5 to 19 years old. With an entrance fee of just 50p, activities range from sports to arts, craft and games.

Facilities include a canteen, basketball courts, covered football pitch, climbing walls, dance studio, fully-equipped gym, live music room, electronic music room and a gaming room.

BAE Systems, in partnership with Blackburn Youth Zone also deliver STEM projects for Blackburn Youth Zone members.

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) project delivered at the Academy for Skills & Knowledge (ASK), Samlesbury is a key feature of supporting and engaging Blackburn Youth Zone members.

The STEM project enabled young people who are members at Blackburn Youth Zone to experience engineering and to develop new skills – such as communication and teamwork. The young people built their own aircraft model starting from designing it through to digitally printing their own model. This enabled young people to experience and understand different elements of engineering.

Nigel Davies, Principal, Academy for Skills and Knowledge, BAE Systems said:

“BAE Systems is really proud to be a patron of Blackburn Youth Zone, the ASK is a key feature by delivering STEM workshops for Blackburn Youth Zone members. We wanted to work with the Youth Zone and reach out to the community and offer opportunities to young people who might not normally apply to work at BAE Systems. We would really encourage local business to get involved with Blackburn Youth Zone.”

Raz Mohammed, Chief Executive of Blackburn Youth Zone said:

“The Youth Zone and BAE Systems share a common interest: supporting and inspiring young people to realise and reach their potential. The STEM courses in particular give opportunities to young people who would not normally be able to experience engineering projects such as this. The partnership fits at the core of what we are trying to achieve at the Youth Zone. We give young people opportunities to grow, develop and learn new skills – supporting them to be the best they can be, more resilient and have fun at the same time”