Thursday 19 April 2012
The Premier League is giving its support to a programme run by the Jason Roberts Foundation which aims to encourage family fitness and wellbeing.
The Premier League Professional Footballers' Association (PLPFA) Community Fund is supporting the initiative which is designed to help families get fit as well as spending more time together.
And Roberts involved his own family - including former striker Cyrille Regis (uncle) and Olympic hopeful Yasmine Regis (sister) - as he launched the Family Health & Fitness programme.
Families will be able to take part in a wide range of sporting activities led by qualified coaches in the weekly sessions while the Foundation will also be providing expert advice on diet and nutrition as well as running free first aid training courses.
There will also be community 'sport for all' events and there will be prizes for families which have the best results and attendance.
The programme runs for a year and is split into eight-week terms.
"The Premier League is committed to using the power of football to make a positive difference in our communities"
- Premier League's Simon Morgan
Simon Morgan, the Premier League’s Head of Community Development said: "The Premier League is committed to using the power of football to make a positive difference in our communities.
"Football has the ability to engage, motivate and inspire and through the excellent work of Jason Roberts and his family, this programme sends a powerful message of how sports participation can promote family health."
Roberts, whose club Reading won promotion to the Barclays Premier League this week, said: "I am delighted that the Foundation has been chosen by the Premier League and PFA to receive funding from their Community Fund to support our Family Fitness Programme.
"My family have always been a great inspiration to me, and I believe parents and children can encourage each other to get fit and active by playing sport together."
The Jason Roberts Foundation aims to provide opportunities for young people in the UK and the Carribean to participate in structured sporting activity - in order to improve health and fitness, self esteem, confidence and social inclusion.
The Foundation's Chief Executive Otis Roberts won the Barclays Community Sports Award last August.
The Premier League and PFA invest more than £7.5m into community programmes each year through the PLPFA Community Fund - which has now funded 71 projects.