AtTheMatch were proud attendees at the Jason Roberts Foundation Celebration Dinner at Wembley Hilton Hotel on Saturday 9 April, which included a film depicting the foundation's work in the past 18 months produced by ourselves.
AtTheMatch founder Simon Maurer was joined by clients Ryan Burge, Manisha Tailor of Swaggarlicious and Marcus Gayle and Ryan Fraser from Full Time Football.
The Jason Roberts Foundation (JRF) held a Celebration Dinner to recognise all that it has achieved in becoming a key driving force for positive social change in the UK and Grenada. Following a very successful year, the Jason Roberts Foundation hosted their third dinner, amongst the Foundation’s supporters and friends.
In 2015, JRF engaged with more than 1,500 young people across London, Grenada, Bristol and Belfast, while also bringing a team to the Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam. JRF work with young people at risk of offending and homelessness, those excluded from school or struggling in the school curriculum, and young people with physical and learning difficulties.
The evening started with a rum punch, followed by a three course dinner in the Ball Room included a sofa panel - hosted by Amanda J. Davies discussing the impact sport has on young people. The sofa guests included; Jason Roberts MBE, West Ham striker Michail Antonio, Rugby legend Serge Betsen, and Olympic World & Euro Medallist, Kelly Sotherton, as well as two young people from the Foundation. DJ Spoony played at the after party.
Michail Antonio donated his signed West Ham shirt he played in against Arsenal.
Jason Roberts MBE, Trustee and Founder of the Jason Roberts Foundation said:
“Tonight we have seen friends, family and partners of the Foundation showing their support and it never ceases to amaze me how generous people are. It fills my heart with pride to see so many people supporting our work at this Celebration Dinner.
“My Foundation is the thing in my career which gives me most pride, and to raise money and awareness for the Homeless World Cup, which is changing young people’s lives by using the beautiful game of football, is incredible.
“Young people are at the heart of everything we are doing, whether it is disability work, female engagement, or disadvantaged and homeless young people, but we could not have helped so many without the generosity and support from the people in this room – thank you to everyone for your support in the past, tonight and in the future.”
Abubaker Mohamed, Senior Coach on the Jason Roberts Foundation programme, said:
“I’ve been a part of the Foundation since it began when I was aged 12/13 and being a part of such a supportive environment has shaped me into the man I am today.
“I grew up in Stonebridge and the Foundation was a safe haven for me to go to where I learned so many important skills that I have used in my personal development.
“They have also helped me achieving my FA Football coaching badges and I know work as a coach for them.”
Michail Antonio, West Ham player, said:
“It was a tough game against Arsenal today, but I wanted to make it here tonight to show my support for this great cause. I was asked by the Foundation if I could donate a -shirt and it was a great pleasure to donate the shirt from the match I played in earlier today to help raise money for the raffle, despite it being sweaty I know it helped an important cause.
“I’ve been around the JRF since the launch of the Hyde League and it was a privilege to be asked to be on the sofa tonight.”
Serge Betsen, Former Wasps and France Rugby International, said:
“I feel proud being here tonight with Jason and his Foundation. My own rugby Foundation and the Jason Roberts Foundation have been working together to develop a rugby programme in Stonebridge and it has been amazing to see the work they do on the ground and being a part of it.
“Seeing so many people here tonight supporting the Foundation is incredible and it gives me a great pride to be asked to be on the sofa.”
Joshua Daniels, 15-year-old participant on the Jason Roberts Foundation programme, said:
“I have been coming to the Foundation’s football programme at the Pavilion in Stonebridge for a while, but I only really came on board when they started the Hyde League.
“It has already giving me so many great experiences like the Aim Higher conferences, where we are taught about different roles in football, like media, coaching, physiotherapy, hospitality, etc.
“Tonight was really special for me and I enjoyed every moment of it, and of course the highlight of the night was sitting on the sofa with Jason Roberts and talking to him and Amanda Davies.”Click here to stay up to date with AtTheMatch