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Here is our Player Development Head Coach, Jack, who is showing of his #Isolation11 team. The challenge, set by fo… https://t.co/O3zJkFUwtJ

If you have left or leaving school and would like to become a sports coach, visit our Coaches Academy web page… https://t.co/ZwZHpHHkLD

Great to see our Sport and Play Ambassador @mp_1825 with a new look and delivering an important message to all. Fo… https://t.co/9pmKdI4RBn

Behind the scenes! Name: Catherine Job title: Family Learning Tutor and S&C Coach Fact: Worked with Johnny Wilkins… https://t.co/Q2TaeDwMgH

📣 We are here to help! As the nation continues to battle against #Covid-19, we offer our help and support to anyon… https://t.co/OX5mZFsO7p

Two rules and a nice short lesson in British Sign Lanaguage from Craig. #FoLFightsBack https://t.co/L9GpIuc78M

Here is our @NCS Manager Craig, who over the next few weeks will be teaching a little bit of British Sign Language.… https://t.co/PWQgdJZ5Ai

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Each year, hundreds of people unintentionally take on the railway and lose. Let’s raise awareness of the hidden and… https://t.co/EM9xnFsHj6

First full week of our @FoLScholars working from home. Great to see them hard at work. #FoLFightsBack https://t.co/eAAlmG1kFy

RT @FA_PEnorth: Great to ‘see’ the @SAFCFoL Premier League Primary Stars team this morning for today’s CPD workshop, even if we couldn’t be…

Feeling creative today? Sit down with the rest of your household and write a poem based around ambition for the… https://t.co/N0AaKSUGki

Fancy getting involved in our online Coffee club on Monday see below 👇 https://t.co/9GR07Vn0uj

Well the #clapforourcarers was pretty incredible and emotional! To the @NHSuk and locally everyone at @STSFTrust, a… https://t.co/jll9OMpIaI

Mar 26
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The award-winning Beacon of Light will join other Sunderland landmarks tonight and shine blue to show solidarity wi… https://t.co/SyEV5oaey0

Ahead of #ClapForOurCarers at 8pm tonight, our staff have a little message for our @NHSuk and blue light heroes… https://t.co/i7vtkejSFI

Mar 26
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RT @FoLScholars: Are you a Year 11 school leaver and interested in continuing your studies whilst playing football full time? We have both…

Looking for some family fun over the next few weeks? We've got plenty of recipes for you all to try out, starting w… https://t.co/4zoeU7KKuL

Our History

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

  • HRH Countess of Wessex GCVO opens the Centre of Light at the Stadium of Light.

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.

2007

  • Sport & Play: Football coaching courses delivered in Washington.

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.
  • Launched: Little Dribblers programme working with children as young as two.

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

  • SAFC Foundation rebranded as Foundation of Light.
  • Launched: Derwentside Homes outreach centre.
  • Winners: Learn Where You Are Award for Family Learning.

2013

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

2015

2016

2017

2018

  • Winners: Family Learning Ministry of Food programme wins Northern Project of the Year.
  • Launched: Back in the Game expands into Hartlepool in partnership with North Star Housing.
  • Launched: Veterans Employability programme in partnership with Armed Forces Covenant.
  • Foundation of Light hosts a Beacon of Light fundraising dinner at Buckingham Palace attended by the charity’s Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex.
  • The Beacon of Light opens its doors to the public.
  • Launched: SSE Wildcats weekly football sessions at Harton College to inspire more girls to get involved in football.
  • Nominated: Foundation of Light Girls’ Talent Pathway, which has engaged over 500 participants in the past 12 months, shortlisted for ‘Best Participation Initiative’ at the FA Women’s Football Awards.
  • Tanni Grey-Thompson, one of the country’s most successful ever Paralympians and a leading campaigner for the development of sport in the UK, joins the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
  • Award: Foundation of Light recieves The Equality Standard ‘Gold’ Award for our commitment to equality and diversity.
  • Winners: Foundation of Light, Middlesbrough Foundation and Newcastle United Foundation team up to win the ‘Uniquely North East’ prize at the North East Charity Awards.
  • Foundation of Light’s educational centre in the heart of a Chester-le-Street estate is been given a new look before re-opening its doors to the public, thanks to Karbon Homes.
  • Winners: Foundation of Light is recognised at the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards, picking up the Special Community prize.
  • History: Foundation of Light’s Ladies Scholars win their opening fixture in the EFL’s first competitive football league for females.

2019

The Foundation of Light was founded with the aim of inspiring people to change their lives for the better through the power of education and sport.

Sir Bob Murray CBE, Chair of Trustees

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