As part of the LGT Vestra US pledge to align with and support sport at a community, grass roots level in the UK, the Gridiron Grant is a first of its kind scholarship programme in the UK, offering a university place to two students graduating from the specialist Jaguars JagTag programme, or who are involved in American football in their community.
The scholarship was kicked off by former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback and Super Bowl winner, Mark Brunell. The NFL legend was on hand to show his skills and teach a group of up and coming JagTag players some tricks of the trade while overlooking London’s iconic Tower Bridge; demonstrating the partnership between LGT Vestra US and the thriving community of young people playing American football in the UK.
A panel of experts that includes LGT Vestra US executives, Jaguars representatives and an award winning head teacher will select the winners of the Gridiron Grant based on a range of criteria including academic achievement, participation in American football, commitment to the community and a demonstration of personal endeavour. The inaugural recipients will be announced later this year following the completion of the academic year. Once at university, students will be provided with a fully integrated mentoring process to aid with stress and time management and support required to help them graduate. Students interested in the opportunity have until 20th April 2018 to apply via http://www.gridirongrant.co.uk
The announcement follows the first commitment from LGT Vestra US, which previously introduced the Reward Rows initiative that saw more than 500 children who had completed the programme earn the chance to go to Wembley to watch the Jaguars v Ravens in September last year for free.
The Jaguars and LGT Vestra US are committed to continuing to collaborate on community projects as a key pillar of their partnership, with the aim of generating a positive impact on the sporting community in the UK through a range of American football related activities, fostering further growth of the game at a grassroots level and importantly providing opportunities for young people to prosper.
The partnership of LGT Vestra US and the Jacksonville Jaguars is off to an inspiring start and has been assisted by the Jaguars impressive form on the pitch which saw them finish with a record of 10-6, clinching the AFC South and scoring their first winning season since 2007 sending them through to the Super Bowl playoffs for the first time in a decade. The 2017 season will go down as one to remember for Jaguars fans across the world, and 2018 could be even better for two lucky British American football players thanks to the wealth firm’s involvement in the Gridiron Grant.
Paul Nixon, CEO LGT Vestra US said: “We’re extremely excited to announce the Gridiron Grant scholarship programme with the Jacksonville Jaguars. We look forward to announcing the inaugural winners of the grant later this year, and continuing to work with the Jacksonville Jaguars to engage more young people and develop grassroots American football.”
Senior Vice President, International Development for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Hussain Naqi said, “The Gridiron Grant scholarship programme sits within a range of initiatives we have created to engage and inspire young people in the UK, particularly through participation in sport. We’re delighted that we could work with LGT Vestra US to bring this unique offering to the UK which will allow us to engage even more young people every year, and give the chance of a lifetime for two outstanding students to be put through university.”
Sir William Atkinson – award winning head teacher said “I am incredibly excited by this new venture from the Jacksonville Jaguars and LGT Vestra US. Linking together sport and business with education is a powerful partnership – one that breeds development and progress; the skills and discipline that American football players learn in terms of the importance of team work will benefit the recipients of the Gridiron Grant greatly as they move forwards in to university education and then the world of work. I am looking forward to reviewing the applicants we have for the grant and would encourage all young American football players in the UK to give it a go.”