JRF Academy / On the Ball session

As a part of the Jason Roberts Foundation’s mission to support, celebrate and respect young people, we have started a JRF Academy, which allows us to formalise the educational activities alongside our sports provision.

The initiative is created to support young people from Brent by training them to become leaders in their community and inspire others.

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As a part of our weekly football sessions we also provide the young people, who are involved with the academy, vocational training including youth work, leadership skills, mentoring and accredited coaching badges.

Since the launch of the programme, many of our young people have had the opportunity to access training courses qualifications such as Equality and Diversity, Refereeing course, FA Level 1 in Football Coaching and VRQ using Sport to tackle Youth Crime.

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By combining sports activities with educational training courses such as employability skills and mentoring, the Foundation hopes young participants on the programme will gain increased levels of academic achievement, positive attitude to learning and higher aspirations for the future.

There are a few reasons why young people become disengaged from education and society. Some suffer from low aspirations due to factors such as increased unemployment, high deprivation and fewer prospects.

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This is something we hope to turn around by engaging young people in educational activities and using sport as a medium for learning.