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Jason Roberts Foundation given funding boost by Sport England to aid their charity work

PUBLISHED: 23:15 29 October 2015

Young children enjoy playing a game of Tennis at the Jason Roberts Foundation base in Stonebridge

Young children enjoy playing a game of Tennis at the Jason Roberts Foundation base in Stonebridge

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The Jason Roberts Foundation, which is based in Stonebridge, have secured a £150,000 grant from Sport England as they seek to expand the work they are currently doing with young people in Brent.

The foundation, whose primary mission is to support young people in challenging situations, has provided educational, mentoring and sporting opportunities for children and young people in the UK, as well as Grenada.

On Tuesday, founder and trustee Jason Roberts, Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch, and Sport England’s director of community sport, Mike Diaper, were in attendance as the announcement was made at Hyde’s Pavilion Sports ground. Over 80 young people were present, participating in various sporting activities on the day.

As well as this 11 other sports projects in some of London’s most disadvantaged areas have been given funding for their initiatives by Sport England, who have pledged £2.2million in total to be shared across all of these.

Roberts, the former Premier League footballer and founder of the foundation, expressed his delight at the latest developments saying: “Sport can equip kids with discipline, pride and confidence, all skills which they can carry from the pitch right through to adult life.

“We are looking forward to utilising this funding to get more local young people involved with the foundation, especially in sports they thought weren’t for them.

“It’s especially important for me to be bringing new opportunities to the area in which my family and I grew up.”

The JRF, who work in partnership with the Hyde Group, Hornstars and Active Communities Network, will be one of the first foundations in the UK to offer ‘snag golf’ – a velcro-style version played on astroturf – helping to dispel the stereotype that sports like golf, rugby and tennis are not for people who come from disadvantaged communities.

Under 25s will be offered the chance to first get to grips with the basics of the sport, before being teamed up with two local golf clubs to receive PGA qualified coaching.

Crouch added: “As a sports minister I want as many people as possible to get active.

“I see up and down the country the positive impact that playing sport can have on strengthening bonds between communities.”

- For more information about the Jason Roberts Foundation visit www.JasonRobertsFoundation.com, email info@jasonrobertsfoundation.org or tweet @JasonRobertsFdn.

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