The Jason Roberts Foundation awarded £15,000 to deliver sports activities for disabled people in Brent.

PUBLISHED: 16:34 27 August 2014

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The Jason Roberts Foundation has been awarded a grant of £15,000 from Wembley National Stadium Trust (WNST) to deliver sports activities for disabled people in Brent.

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 are keen to duplicate some of their work in the UK.

The new programme will be delivered in partnership with DASH (Disablement Association Hillingdon).

Charity founder Jason Roberts said: “Our disability programme both in Grenada and England is something that we’ve been really proud of.

“The foundation isn’t just about able-bodied people – it is about access for all to have an opportunity to participate.

“What you see with our disability programme is the opportunity for people to participate in sporting activities that they absolutely love, and why shouldn’t they be given the opportunity to do that?

“It has almost become one of the biggest, most successful programmes we have done because you can really see the impact it is having for people.

“We are really pleased to be able to partner with our associates to make these things happen.”

Activities will include golf, football, cricket, boccia and tennis – fully utilising the indoor and outdoor facilities at Stonebridge Pavilion.

Roberts added: “It is throughout Brent and we have lots of things going on at the Pavilion.

“We have a long-term plan to do more work around disability and around multi-sports. We realise that access to sport is so important.”

The 36-year-old is now a radio and television pundit and, after working his way up from non-league side Hayes to play a large part of his career in the Premier League, he now enjoys being in a position where he can give back to the community he was raised in.

He said: “To have that desire to participate and not be able to have the right facilities and the right access is a real shame, so anything we can do to affect that, we want to be able to do it.

“People talk about me growing up on the Stonebridge Estate and do so with negative connotations. I speak about the positive things I got from it – there is a real community feel.

“Brent is a changing demographic but you know it’s a place where people can achieve, given the opportunity.

“Yes, things happen but being from the area I felt very, very safe and I always felt that people were there to support me.”

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