Football Scholarship

Represent Sunderland AFC and gain qualifications

Foundation of Light's Football Scholarship gives 16-18 year olds the opportunity to represent Sunderland AFC and gain nationally recognised qualifications through an intensive football and education programme.

Students will study towards a full-time BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport Performance and Excellence under the expert guidance of the Foundation's Further Education Officers.

In addition to progressing academically, students will compete in the FA National Under 19 Development League against other Premier League and English Football League (EFL) development players.

Working with UEFA A and UEFA B qualified coaches, the football training schedule mirrors that of professional football academies helping bridge the gap between grassroots and elite youth football.

Players have the opportunity to be recruited by professional and semi-professional football clubs; go on to higher education at home or abroad as well as pursuing careers in coaching, sports science, sports journalism or physiotherapy.

Foundation of Light's Football Scholarship is delivered in partnership with Monkwearmouth Sixth Form Academy, South Tyneside College, Shildon AFC and sponsored by Leading dispensed soft drink suppliers ABCO-Anderson Beverage Company Limited.



Foundation of Light are accepting expressions of interest from school leavers for the start of the 2017-18 season and academic year for the Sunderland, Shildon and Chester-le-Street (Hermitage Academy) centres.

To apply, please email Wayne Walls or call 0191 5515191.


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