Jason Roberts Foundation
Established in 2007 by the former professional footballer, media personality, and social activist Jason Roberts, the Jason Roberts Foundation (JRF) focuses on football-based social inclusion projects. They run projects that offer participation and playing opportunities to young people who otherwise have little chance of accessing professional coaching or opportunities to progress as players. The organisation works both in the UK and in Grenada.
Recently, the work of JRF has expanded to provide a more holistic programme of support, including mentoring, life skills, education, and training projects within its wider sports activities. They have developed accredited training packages in Equality and Diversity Awareness, as well as sporting qualifications that are delivered across Grenada.
Grenada has a high-level of poverty due to its size, lack of skilled laborers within its heavily rural population (est. 64%), and its vulnerability to natural disasters (CIA, 2018).
In 2004, Hurricane Ivana in the history damaged 80% of the homes and left approximately 60,000 people (more than half of the population) homeless (Relief Web, 2009).