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National partner profile: Grenada

Jason Roberts Foundation

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Established in 2007 by the former professional footballer, media personality, and social activist Jason Roberts, the Jason Roberts Foundation (JRF) focuses on football-based social inclusion projects. They run projects that offer participation and playing opportunities to young people who otherwise have little chance of accessing professional coaching or opportunities to progress as players. The organisation works both in the UK and in Grenada.

Recently, the work of JRF has expanded to provide a more holistic programme of support, including mentoring, life skills, education, and training projects within its wider sports activities. They have developed accredited training packages in Equality and Diversity Awareness, as well as sporting qualifications that are delivered across Grenada. JRF work with young people at risk of offending and homelessness, those excluded from school or struggling in the school curriculum, and young people with physical and learning difficulties.

JRF have developed a weekly timetable of structured sporting activities which include: After-school clubs, Saturday morning coaching centres, St. George’s University team training, a special needs training session, women’s football, and monthly Floodlit Football sessions. The National Youth Premier League was launched in the summer of 2010, and the following year a new initiative – the Talent ID and Youth Cultural Exchange Programme – was piloted. In 2013, JRF added a golf programme for the first time and children welcomed it enthusiastically.

JRF have worked with a wide range of partners, including the UK Home Office, Football Foundation, Wembley Stadium Trust, Housing Associations, and businesses and community sector partners to ensure high quality delivery of training programmes.

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Mission statement

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The Jason Roberts Foundation provide opportunities for children and young people to participate in structured football activities across Grenada and the Caribbean. Their mission is to improve their health and fitness, self-esteem, and confidence, promote social inclusion, and provide opportunities for all young people to participate in learning programmes which will enhance their educational achievement. Their projects develop young people as role models and peer mentors through ongoing learning, leadership, and social action opportunities.

The Jason Roberts Foundation is committed to sharing best practice and learning with the wider community to help embed equality, diversity, and youth empowerment into community initiatives.

Goals for the future

Health Education

To reduce the percentage of young people that are inactive, particularly those from low participation target groups, and improve their fitness and health

Social Inclusion

To ensure opportunities for participation in sports for all young people in the community, including young people suffering homelessness or housing problems, or any kind of disability

Training Sessions

To provide regular, high quality training for the participants

Education

To assist local coaches in developing the skills needed to coach participants, and to encourage children to study and re-enter formal education

Additional information

Partner since

2015

Football Activities

Regular training sessions, coaching qualifications, running tournaments, festivals, and National Youth Premier League

Team selection

The players are selected at a selection tournament according to their football skills, behaviour, and personal development plan

Non-football services

Access to education, mentoring, and workshops on cultural diversity, life skills, and community cohesion

Participants challenges

Lack of education, dropping out of schools, disability, crime, poverty

Country challenges

Grenada’s small size and its exposure to natural disasters are important factors contributing to poverty, especially among the rural population. Unemployment is particularly high among young people, who often struggle to complete their schooling or find employment. Destructive tropical storms and hurricanes are a factor in keeping poor people from overcoming poverty and in destroying many homes (Rural Poverty).

Homlessness definition

Ministry for National Security, Public Administration, Disaster Management, Home Affairs, Information & Implementation define vagrancy as any person who is found wandering abroad with no fixed place of abode or visible means of income and no place of employment; living in abandoned premises or on the street or any public place; completely removing his clothes in any public place; appearing to be disorderly or drunk or under the influence of drugs and having no place of employment or place of residence.

Homelessness Statistics

People are left without homes primarily due to hurricanes. In 2004, one of the worst hurricanes in the history damaged 90% of the homes and left approximately 60,000 people (more than half of the population) homeless (Red Cross, 2004).

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