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JRF Inclusive Youth Programme launch

On Monday the 14th of November 2016, the Jason Roberts Foundation (JRF), hosted a multi-sport event at Ark Academy in Wembley with schools from across Brent, who are working with disabled young people.


The Inclusive Sports Day was successfully held at Ark Academy, as a part of our disability programme funded by John Lyon’s Charity and Peter Harrison Foundation.


The JRF disability programme targets the Borough’s most marginalised children and young people aged 12-25 years many of whom have learning and/or physical disabilities, mental health issues, and health conditions.


With funding from John Lyon’s Charity and Peter Harrison Foundation, we have been able to meet with local schools, referral units and like-minded organisations in Brent, London, to ensure community ownership and develop greater community cohesion.


John Lyon’s Charity is grant-giving charity benefiting children and young people up to the age of 25 who live in nine boroughs in northwest London: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster.


The fund will enable us to work with children with disabilities across the London Borough of Brent for the next three years and build a sustainable project.


Megan Falk, Grants & Communications Assistant at John Lyon’s Charity, said: “John Lyon’s Charity is proud to support the Jason Roberts Inclusive Youth Programme and the launch was a great success.  There was a real buzz on the day – the young people were engaged and excited to try out new sports.”


The purpose of the Inclusive Sports Day was to introduce children with a range of special educational needs from both mainstream and special needs schools to adaptive physical education.


The young people across Brent were introduced to Paralympic sports, including Boccia, Seated Volleyball and Golf. The sports were delivered by the JRF’s partnership organisations DASH and the Golf Trust.

Otis Roberts, CEO of the Jason Roberts Foundation, said;


“The event today has been fantastic. The consultations with several groups have been very productive and ongoing, and we are looking forward to helping more kids with disabilities getting access to sport now and the coming years.

“Thank you to everyone involved and especially John Lyon’s Charity for their support.”


The programme will deliver multi-sport sessions on a weekly basis and our primary aims are to increase levels of participation in sport and physical activity, particularly for those from excluded and vulnerable groups.


This will increase knowledge of the wider benefits of an active lifestyle, and to encourage cohesive communities by highlighting and developing the inclusive values of sport regardless of circumstance.


Thank you to Ark Academy for hosting the event, our delivery partners; London Youth Rowing and The Golf Trust and the many volunteers.