UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport (GIS) is delighted to announce a new scholarship that will be backed by former Premier League striker Jason Roberts.

The Jason Roberts Foundation Scholarship is on offer to GIS students at UCFB Wembley – which has the iconic Wembley Stadium at its heart – who can show they have the vision to be leaders and promote inclusion, respect, equality and diversity. The £1500 scholarship is open for applications ahead of the 2020/21 academic year which begins in September, and joins a growing list of scholarship opportunities for GIS’ sports Master’s degree students.

GIS is the new destination for Master’s degrees and executive education, utilising a global network of industry leaders and elite stadium venues. Jason is well acquainted with GIS and its commitment to upskilling the next generation of sports professionals, while at the same time ensuring the industry is inclusive and diverse, having delivered guest speaker sessions to students in recent months. He also sits on the illustrious GIS Industry Advisory Board, which is made up of some of the most influential and respected names in world sport in order to influence and shape the education provision of GIS to enable the next generation of sports professionals to become leaders in their field.

Since retiring from a playing career which included successful spells at Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers, Jason is now Director of Development at CONCACAF and set up his Foundation in 2007 to support youngsters in London and Grenada.

Commenting on his scholarship, Jason said: “I’m delighted to be able to collaborate with GIS and offer this award to Master’s students at UCFB Wembley. Our Foundation is about giving a platform to those in the community I grew up in and offering equal opportunities to aspirational individuals, regardless of their background or circumstances, and I look forward to welcoming award winners into the Foundation very soon.”

GIS’ President, Sharona Friedman, commented: “We’re thrilled that Jason has agreed to continue to back our students and the future leaders of the sports industry with this award. GIS is determined to ensure that football and sport is an inclusive and diverse industry to work in and be a part of, something Jason has demonstrated throughout his careers in the game. Jason is inspirational.”

For more information on the Jason Roberts Foundation scholarship and to apply, please visit www.GIS.sport/scholarships.

For further comment, please contact Ray Boggiano, Head of Global Marketing & Communications at r.boggiano@ucfb.com.