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Ex-internationals join in with Jason Roberts Foundation youngsters

PUBLISHED: 07:41 19 October 2018 | UPDATED: 07:42 19 October 2018

Former international players and youngsters at the Jason Roberts Foundation

Former international players and youngsters at the Jason Roberts Foundation

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Ex-international footballers visited youngsters from the Jason Roberts Foundation in Brent at their new Bridgestone Arena home as part of their UEFA MIP social and educational visit to London last week.

Luis Garcia with youngsters at the Jason Roberts FoundationLuis Garcia with youngsters at the Jason Roberts Foundation

The youngsters had the chance to play a tournament with the former players and hold a Q&A session on sport and education.

The group are the second cohort who will go on to gain a degree on the UEFA course to aid those going into all forms of football administration after their playing careers end.

Former Stonebridge resident Roberts completed the course last year and is now director of development for CONCACAF and said: “The UEFA MIP was an important step in my transition from the pitch to administration. I learnt so much about the environment that surrounds football and how to maximise my existing strengths from my previous career at the elite level.

“Is it extremely humbling to have the second cohort following on from my inaugural class visit the JRF at Bridgestone to inspire and motivate these young people.”

Gaizka Mendieta with youngsters at the Jason Roberts FoundationGaizka Mendieta with youngsters at the Jason Roberts Foundation

The arena boasts a new 3G pitch, indoor hall and cafe, as well as basketball, tennis and five-a-side pitches.

Representatives the Wembley Stadium Trust, Hyde Housing and Brent Stonebridge ward councillor Ernest were also in attendance.

The Jason Roberts Foundation runs weekly sessions on football and multi sports and delivers sessions during half-term for children with disabilities, funding by Sport England and the John Lyon Trust.

For bookings and enquiries, call 0208 838 5442 or email info@jasonrobertsfoundation.org.

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