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ALL SMILES: Rob Burton and Cae Menai Davis (right) with youngsters in Grenada

THE JASON Roberts Foundation, along with some of their key partners, are finalising plans for their next trip to Grenada later this month, to deliver sport and physical activity sessions to the students of St Andrew’s, Victoria and The Limes Special Educational Needs Schools.

Roberts, formerly with Bristol Rovers, Wigan and Blackburn, recently retired from football but he has always been keen to give something back.

The Foundation’s inclusive Physical Education for Children with Special Needs (PECSN) Programme has again been sponsored by Digicel Grenada – the largest mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean with 11 million customers across its 31 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. They have signed a new one year sponsorship deal to further support the Programmein Grenada.

The ten day visit will be led by CEO of the Foundation, Otis Roberts who will be joined by Ross Macdonald – head teacher from Meadow High School in Hillingdon – the largest special educational needs school in the UK, with Dale Costick who will be installing interactive white boards; overhead projectors and computers – which have generously been donated to the programme, by Ross and his school.

During his visit, Ross will be meeting with each of the head teachers, to discuss implementing a programme which will start some curriculum based activities at the schools and which may extend to partnership working.

Also flying out to the Caribbean are Rob Burton - a specialist disability football coach and deputy chief officer at West London disability charity DASH with another specialist coach – Cae Menai Davis from the Golf Trust which was set up to highlight and develop the inclusive values of golf.

Both Rob and Cae will be there to again deliver practical sports and physical activity sessions including football and golf, at each of the schools. Both coaches are not only giving up their time to support this programme that they have seen develop and grow over the last four years, but they are also meeting the cost of their flights. Danny Steel will also be volunteering on the trip with a view to assisting with the strategic development of the Foundations work in Grenada.

Thanks to a Golf Bag Amnesty Campaign that was an initiative of Crown Golf and The Golf Trust, 30 sets of golf clubs are also being shipped to Grenada and will give young people on the Island an opportunity to try their hand at a different sport.

All of the equipment which has been donated to the schools, is presently en route to Grenada courtesy of Kestrel Liner Agencies – one of the Foundation’s sponsors who generously provide free shipping of kit and equipment to Grenada.

This year the trip has been extended so as to incorporate a visit with some sports delivery in Carricou – a neighbouring island to Grenada, as the Foundation have received numerous requests to expand delivery to encompass this island too, and ensure the children of Carricou don’t miss out on the activities provided.

There will also be a visit to the children of Vendom RC School and the coaches will be helping delivery at a Sports Fun Day that the Down Syndrome Society of Grenada are hosting at SGU in True Blue.

This is the second year that the disability programme has been sponsored by Digicel Grenada, who are the lead sponsor. The Foundation are grateful to also receive in-kind support in the form of accommodation from True Blue Bay Resort and St George’s University, and Kestrel Liner Agencies who provide the Foundation with free shipping to Grenada.

If you would like to make a donation to support this PECSN programme please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Jason-Roberts-Foundation-Appeal/

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