our history

The Foundation's story so far

 

2001

  • Birth of the Foundation: Founded by Sir Bob Murray CBE out of SAFC Community programme
  • SAFC Foundation gains charitable status

 

2003

  • Launched: Family Learning Through Football to bring parents and children together through education
  • Into the community: Kickstart buses launched heralding beginning of work with teenagers taking the Foundation into the community.

 

2004

 

2006

  • Former Sunderland AFC player and Chairman Niall Quinn MBE becomes Foundation Trustee
  • 100th school attends Learning Through Football education programme
  • Launched: Pitstop education programme working with at risk youngsters

 

2008

  • Launched: Cestria Chester-le-Street outreach centre
  • 1000th school attends Learning Through Football education programme

 

2009

  • Launched: Caterpillar outreach centre at Easington
  • Winners: Learning Winner for Pitstop education programme at Children and Young People Awards
  • Winners: Kicks Club of the Year

 

2010

  • Winners: High Sheriff Award for Great and Valuable Services to the Community
  • Honoured: Received ASDAN acknowledgement of Outstanding Practice

 

2011

  • First international soccer camp held
  • Foundation becomes EDEXCEL accredited centre allowing delivery of nationally recognised qualifications
  • Sunderland City Council Strategic Partnership formed
  • Winners: High Sheriff Award for Great and Valuable Services to the Community

 

2012

 

2013

  • Launched: Beacon of Light fundraising campaign
  • Launched: livin Sedgefield outreach centre

 

2014

 

2015

 

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