NOW RETIRED: Jason Roberts
THE JASON Roberts Foundation has announced that they have been awarded a grant of £15,000 from Wembley National Stadium Trust (WNST) to deliver sports activities for local disabled people in Brent, north-west London.
With the success of their Physical Education for Children with Special Needs (PECSN) programme that has been delivered in
Grenada for over four years, the foundation is keen to duplicate some of this work in the UK.
Roberts, formerly of Bristol Rovers and Wigan, retired from the game earlier this year but is determined that the foundation pushes on with its good work.
A spokesperosn for the foundation said: "Taking part in physical activity is important to all of us and for disabled people, an active lifestyle can significantly help improve their health and increase social interaction.
"This new programme, which will be delivered in partnership with DASH (Disablement Association Hillingdon) one of the foundation’s partners, will provide increased sporting opportunities for disabled people in Brent."
Some of the activities will include golf, football, cricket, boccia and tennis – fully utilising the indoor and outdoor facilities at Stonebridge Pavilion.
To further encourage cohesive communities, the sessions will be integrated alongside the foundation’s mainstream delivery, aiming to break down some of the barriers of issues with disability and discrimination arising from disability.
The Wembley National Stadium Trust is a charitable trust funded by a donation of one per cent of Wembley Stadium’s annual turnover.
This will amount to around £1million each year, one-third of which will be for the benefit of groups providing community sports activities for people in Brent.