The Jason Roberts Foundation has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £144,370.00 for an exciting heritage project ‘Empower to Achieve’ in Brent. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will trace the Ancestry of Women in Sport of Caribbean, Indian, and Somali Heritage.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will enable local young people discover the origins and explore the history of women including, amongst others, Celeste Stevens, Lorna Falconer, Jawahir ‘JJ’ Roble, MBE, and Connie Henry, MBE. all working in different areas of the sports industry, including Football Clubs, competition, officiating, broadcasting, media, and charity.

JRF is an organisation that works with young people and creates opportunities for them to flourish and grow and through this project young people from across Brent will gain a deeper insight into the history of Women in Sport, as well as teaching them valuable new skills in Media, Presenting, Broadcasting, Photography and Videography, Film Making, curating, and archiving to use as they develop their careers.

Commenting on the award, Otis Roberts, CEO of JRF said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are grateful for the commitment by our women of heritage, relatable role models to be an integral part of the two-year programme. We are confident the ‘Empower to Achieve’ project will inspire girls and young women to fulfil their potential in life and realise there are no barriers to them pursuing a career in any field of work.”

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About the Jason Roberts Foundation (JRF)

JRF is a sport for development charity delivering a programme of wrap-around support – mentoring, life skills, education, and training, within our multi-sports activities providing opportunities and promoting exercise and team games to young people, including those at risk, and those with physical and learning disabilities. There is also a focus on health and wellbeing family interventions, and intergenerational community projects and events. We collaborate with local voluntary, public, and private sector organisations, and funding bodies to achieve our objective of ‘community first’.

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

As the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage, The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future as set out in our strategic plan, Heritage 2033. 

Over the next ten years, the Heritage Fund aims to invest £3.6billion raised for good causes by National Lottery players to bring about benefits for people, places, and the natural environment.  

The Heritage Fund helps protect, transform, and share the things from the past that people care about, from popular museums and historic places, our natural environment, and fragile species, to the languages and cultural traditions that celebrate who we are. 

The Heritage Fund is passionate about heritage and committed to driving innovation and collaboration to make a positive difference to people’s lives today, while leaving a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.  

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Further information

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