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On Monday the third Aim Higher conference kicked off with more than 80 young people from the Jason Roberts Foundation’s programme at the iconic Wembley Stadium.
The Aim Higher Conference focused on how to get into university – how to aim higher and focused on the importance of school, A-levels and how you can use sport to create a better future.
Aim Higher is the personal, social and education section of the innovative from the Jason Roberts Foundation and LYPL (London Youth Premier League). The Conference was hosted at Wembley Stadium as a part of a new partnership between the Foundation’s League and the UCFB.
UCFB deliver university degrees in the football, sport & events industries in state-of-the-art, iconic and inspirational locations Wembley Stadium and the Etihad in Manchester.
Speakers at the event included; Jason Blake, former Burnley FC Academy Manager, who gave an inspirational talk about resilience, perseverance and confidence building.
Myles Ball, UCFB Academic Relationship Manager, shared his personal story on how he was unemployed to go to UCFB university and to currently being employed at the university and speaking to thousands of youngster across the country.
Myles said: “It was fantastic to welcome the Jason Roberts Foundation to the home of UCFB Wembley.
“The visit allowed the students to learn about the careers within the football and sport industry, providing them with the motivation to work hard towards their Level 3 qualification. It was brilliant to meet dedicated UCFB are delighted to be working with the Jason Roberts Foundation.”
The league aims to bridge the gap between grassroots football and professional academy football to create a holistic approach to youth and player development.
The league will provide young people with opportunities to participate, learning, mentor, qualifications and employment within the industry.
UCFB students will have the opportunity to gain placements across many of the Jason Roberts Foundation’s programmes.
Otis Roberts, CEO of the JRF, said: “We are delighted that the team at UCFB are working with the Foundation. We are partnering with UCFB on a number of initiative and are grateful for the opportunity to use their fantastic location for this important conference.
“Their support so far has been invaluable to the young people that access our programmes to enhance their dreams and aspirations in education, social and personal development.”