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Stonebridge star honoured with MBE

PUBLISHED: 15:15 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 14:49 24 August 2010

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Jason Roberts of Blackburn Rovers celebrates scoring his second goal and Blackburn's third during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth at Ewood Park on November 7, 2009 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Jason Roberts of Blackburn Rovers celebrates scoring his second goal and Blackburn's third during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth at Ewood Park on November 7, 2009 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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By Alex Wellman BRENT-BORN Premier League star Jason Roberts has been rewarded for his sterling charity work with recognition from the Queen. The Blackburn Rovers striker, who was born and bred in Stonebridge, landed an MBE in the Queen s New Year honours

By Alex Wellman

BRENT-BORN Premier League star Jason Roberts has been rewarded for his sterling charity work with recognition from the Queen.

The Blackburn Rovers striker, who was born and bred in Stonebridge, landed an MBE in the Queen's New Year honours List for his work in Grenada and Brent with his charity the Jason Roberts Foundation.

Roberts told the Times: "I was told that a letter had come through to the charity, asking me if I wanted to be considered. I thought about it and said yes and then a month later I heard I was going to receive it.

"It was a bit of a shock to be honest but I am not the first in my family to receive an award - my uncles Cyrille Regis and Ken Roberts have both got awards from the Queen too.

"My family were very happy and I am so proud to have been nominated by the people of Grenada."

Roberts, a Grenadian international, followed in the footsteps of Regis by beginning his career with non-league Hayes in 1995 and has since played for Wolves, Bristol Rovers, West Brom, Portsmouth and Wigan.

He set up the foundation in 2007 to allow children in the Caribbean and the UK to enjoy sport and cultural activities and improve their health and wellbeing.

"It is an honour for everyone working hard down at the foundation," Roberts added. "We have two or three permanent staff and many, many volunteers.

"I tend to go over to Grenada as much as I can in the off season and it's really important for me to come down to Brent without making too big an issue of it.

"I remember playing on the astroturf with my uncles and I just felt it was important for me to give something back. Stonebridge is something very important to me and I try to get back as much as I can.

"I am really passionate about football and about what it can give you, not just on the pitch but off it too.


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