Former Crystal Palace
midfielder Otis Roberts came to Norwich on trial in August 1996.
He was unsuccessful and not taken on by the club.
Otis Roberts was born in London in 1968, to Grenadian parents
and is the youngest of 6 children. Otis joined the Fulhams
Youth Team where he spent his trainee years under the stewardship
of Alan Taylor.
At 19 Otis won a scholarship to Essex College in Baltimore where
he undertook a sports science course. Following the successful
completion of his course Otis returned to England where for a
short period he played for Crystal Palace.
Otis moved to Belgium where he played for 3 seasons as a professional
player. It was in Antwerp where Otis first got the bug for developing
community-based programmes and where he established and delivered
his first soccer school.
In 1994 Otis moved to the Far East where he played for a number
of Hong Kong Clubs and for a short period in Malaysia. It was
while in the Far East that Otis was first capped for Grenada.
His successful international career resulted in a total of 35
caps for Grenada.
Otis returned to London, after a trial with Norwich, Otis joined
non-league club Hendon and Harrow Borough FC, where he also gained
his coaching licence and pioneered a Football in the Community
Scheme. He was subsequently headhunted by Fulham FC where he spent
some time developing and delivering schemes in both Fulham and
It was while at Fulham that Otis came to the attention of Proactive
the Manchester based sports agency. Otis spent 6 years as part
of the Proactive Football division where he played a critical
role in player representation. With his depth of knowledge he
led on the development of the companys London market. One
of his clients was Fulham's Zesh Rehman
His nephew is Wigan striker Jason Roberts for whose charitable
foundation he works for as Chief Executive.