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The Jason Roberts Foundation

The Jason Roberts Foundation

Blackburn Rovers forward Jason Roberts is looking to give something back by launching his own charity, The Jason Roberts Foundation. The launch is taking place on Tuesday May 1st 2007.

Here's the latest press release from Ewood Park (below) detailing the event and what The Jason Roberts Foundation is all about.

Blackburn Rovers forward Jason Roberts will launch the Jason Roberts Foundation, on May 1 at Ewood Park along with celebrity guests.

The Foundation will work with children and young people to use football as a route to become healthy, responsible, valuable members of the local society and to create an optimistic outlook in their lives.

Based on the success of the pilot scheme run by the premiership star in Stonebridge Park, Harlesden, Roberts will be running coaching clinics across the country later in the year to encourage youngsters to create a positive focus about their lives.

The pilot project in Harlesden provided children and young people with football coaching, social and life skill training, improved self - confidence, improved fitness levels, and contributed to young people developing a healthy lifestyle. The project also addressed issues of social exclusion. These important life skills were achieved through one on one coaching with Jason Roberts and his qualified expert team that includes his uncle and footy legend Cyrille Regis.

Whilst the football season cools off during the summer, Roberts will be working in the heat when he travels to Grenada this summer to run football clinics for over 250 children and young people in the Caribbean. Accompanied by Rovers' coaches, Roberts will use the facilities of St George's University to coach the youngsters and pass on his famous premiership skills.

The launch evening will take place on Tuesday 1 May, 6.45pm at the Red Rose Suite at Ewood Park and will include a charity auction featuring sports memorabilia such as Jason's semi final signed shirt and many other collectibles.

Guests in attendance will include Rovers manager Mark Hughes, Chairman John Williams and Managing Director Tom Finn, plus Cyrille Regis. The High Commissioner of Grenada will also be there to support the charity launch.

Jason Roberts' comments:

"I am fortunate enough to be able to play in the premiership and do a job that I love. I feel it is my responsibility to share my expertise and knowledge to those less fortunate and to try and create a positive outlook in their lives.

"Through the power of football, I believe we can reach children and young people and get them to believe in themselves and to become the people they know they can be."

Charles Modia, Chancellor at St Georges University comments:

'St George's University, Grenada, is delighted to support this excellent new initiative. I have met Jason Roberts and believe him to be an admirable role model for young people in Grenada, who seek to improve their lives through sport. We, at St George's, look forward to working with him to ensure the success of his new Foundation.'

All profits from the evening will be donated to the Jason Roberts Foundation. Tickets cost just £10 and include a finger buffet. For more information please contact Jennifer Whalley at Blackburn Rovers on 01254 296 267.

This is brilliant. It is great to hear that Roberts (with the help of Rovers) is looking to give something back.

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Date:Friday April 27 2007
Time: 12:35PM


As I say BRILLIANT to see JR so keen on giving something back. I'd have LOVED to be at this event not only because I could have maybe met and possibly even spoken to JR, Sparky, John Williams (in person, I've spoken to him on the phone before) etc. but I would have really liked to hear exactly what JR has planned.
Hughes Da Man
27/04/2007 12:37:00
This is fantastic. Footballers are always seen to be greedy, but this proves some are better. Congratulations to Roberts and his initiative, hopefully other starts can take his lead
27/04/2007 12:40:00
On the whole footballers aren't greedy are they, some are just portrayed that way, obviously some clearly are though. If footballers really want to devote time to a project like this they can, they don't even really have to put forward their own funding do they in most instances. I've ALWAYS had a lot of time for JR, just found even more!
Hughes Da Man
27/04/2007 12:46:00
It's an easy one to assume, with the amount of money they are paid, but if someone offered me that kind of salary i'd take it. However, the most you generally hear about is footballers donating cash. IMO that's not much better than me giving a couple of quid a month to the NSPCC or whatever. The thing that stands out the most here, is that he is actually DOING something rather than giving. For someone as influencial in the eyes of the young as a leading international footballer, then that is worth any amount of millions that they could give. Fair play JR, I applaud you.
Head Rover Heels
27/04/2007 13:07:00
This will hopefully be a bit more publicised closer to the time but I have already decided I will be running the London marathon next year for the Jason Roberts Foundation.
28/04/2007 20:29:00
It WILL be Mikey, good on you!
Hughes Da Man
29/04/2007 10:15:00
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