Jason Roberts Foundation1by Laura Hatcher/getwestlondon

LONDON, November 5, 2014 – Former top-flight football star Jason Roberts went back to his roots to launch a project to boost youth employability and sporting participation.

The multi-sport programme, set up by The Jason Roberts Foundation (JRF) and The Hyde Group, will work with 80 young people from estates in Stonebridge and across Brent and also identify 20 volunteers and coaches who will receive vocational training including youth work, leadership skills, mentoring and accredited coaching badges.

Mr Roberts said: “It’s great to be here at the Stonebridge Pavilion and give back to the community in Brent.

“This is where I grew up, learned how to play football and gained confidence byJason Roberts Foundation2 having supportive people around me, and that is why my Foundation is focusing on positive role models; believing in people so they can believe in themselves.

“This partnership with the Hyde Group focuses on employability and uses sport as a tool to gain important life skills such as friendships, team work and respect, and more importantly, how you can give use those skills you learn on the pitch for the rest of your life, whilst giving back to society.”

The project will be operating from housing group Hyde’s community centre, based in Hillside, Stonebridge, where the JRF has been helping young people since 2007.

Three young people will then be selected as ambassadors for the JRF and will have the opportunity to carry out a work placement abroad in Grenada, allowing them to work with and coach people with disabilities.

Sarah Willis, communities and youth manager at The Hyde Group, said: “We are thrilled to be supporting this exciting project with the JRF who have been delivering coaching to local young people from our community centre here in Stonebridge.”

The project will run from last month to March next year.

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