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.

We are delighted to be associated with a programme which will help young people become involved in sport, not only on a recreational basis but hopefully leading to employment or further study within the sports profession.

Ged McNamee, Sunderland AFC Academy Manager



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 complete the online form, email Head Coach or call 0191 5535555 (extension 185).


Open Events

Girls Scholarship

Stadium of Light | Thursday 23rd February | 1pm or 5pm


Men's Scholarship

Stadium of Light | Wednesday 1st March

Stadium of Light | Wednesay 15th March

Shildon AFC | Tuesday 21st March


To attend on of our Open Events, call Martin Jones on 07751687051 or email



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