What is the Beacon?

A Centre for Opportunity in the North East

The Beacon will be an exciting and inspiring education, training and sports facility in Sunderland. Located next to both the Sunderland Aquatic Centre and the Stadium of Light it will also be an important catalyst for the wider re-generation of this quarter of the City.

It will provide a vibrant and feel-good environment where young people can meet socially; where they can learn and take part in courses to gain skills and qualifications; and where their fascination and love of football will start them on a journey that will help them make choices to improve their lives.

The unique centre will be the first of its kind in the UK and include engaging and interactive zones in education; health and fitness; sport and play; and the world of work and will welcome thousands of children, young people and adults through its doors every week.

Built over three storeys and occupying 4.75 Hectares, the Beacon will be inspirational and inclusive and celebrate the history of its City in its design.

Facilities will include sports halls, football pitches, flexible informal learning spaces, education suites and a ‘players’ lounge’.


Beacon of Light features:

  • Four unique zones: EducationHealth and WellbeingSport and Play; and World of Work
  • Welcoming over 6,000 people through its dootrs every week
  • The Beacon will house sports halls, football pitches, flexible informal learning spaces and education suites
  • A vibrant, inclusive, aspirational, vital, progressive place to be


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