“I support the Homeless World Cup because I can testify as to the power of football. I know the values of team spirit, collective responsibility and working as a unit can literally change people’s lives.”
Jason Roberts started his football playing career at Hayes in 1996, before undertaking a career in the professional ranks with Wolves, Torquay, Bristol Rovers, West Bromwich Albion, Portsmouth, Wigan and Reading. He also represented Grenada at international level. His 17-year-long career ended at Reading, where a hip injury forced him to retire in 2014. Jason scored 142 goals in 452 league matches in England, and in 2009 was awarded an MBE for Services to Sport.
Jason is now a media pundit on BBC’s Match of the Day, Football Focus, and the BBC Radio 5 6-0-6 programme, where he talks about all things football. He is also active within the football industry, where he is one of 14 ex-footballers to have qualified as boardroom directors via the On Board initiative – a scheme aimed at getting more ethnic minorities in key positions at football clubs.
Throughout his career Jason has been an outspoken critic of racism and prejudice within football, be it from the terraces, on the pitch or in the boardroom – and an ardent campaigner for equality and opportunity across the industry. More recently, his social campaigning has garnered support across the sports and media industry, and the Jason Roberts Foundation is a cornerstone of his ongoing commitment to such causes. Jason Roberts is leading a team from Grenada for the country’s inaugural participation in the Homeless world Cup, in Amsterdam in September 2015.