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FOUNDATION OF LIGHT
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FANTASTIC afternoon at our #FamilyLearning Graduations here at the @StadiumofLight! Well done to our… https://t.co/JDg92wDXI8

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RT @SHSLiteracy: Family learners proudly holding up certificates. @SeahamHigh @SAFCFoL https://t.co/fPH6XIJz7c

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It wouldn’t be the #FamilyLearning Graduations without Samson! #InspiredFamilies #SAFC https://t.co/4KOhMd8WNN

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We’re almost ready for our #FamilyLearning Graduations at the @StadiumOfLight where we’ll be celebrating the learni… https://t.co/jOS7eEIPAq

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RT @ShiremoorYr5: Our dedicated Sports Leaders aren't put off by the snow!❄️⛄️ @SAFCFoL https://t.co/vDF8nZHPt6

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RT @EFLTrust: 👏@SunderlandAFC's Foundation of Light ladies scholars celebrate tournament win 🏆⚽ 📝https://t.co/5o3h4nqrLG ➡️@SunderlandAFC

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We're already looking ahead to the JANUARY SALES! Join us at our three day @goalssunderland #Football Camp and pay… https://t.co/JdT40bCj1y

22 hours ago

We’re hosting the 2017 Player Development Squad Reflection Evening at @StadiumOfLight with our players focusing on… https://t.co/8nD1xebi8F

Dec 11

RT @1034SunFM: @SAFCFoL ladies beat some of the country's best sides to win the ainaugural NYFL U19 Ladies Cup @StGeorgesPark https://t.c…

Dec 11

NEWS: Foundation of Light will hold the #SAFC @PLCommunities #PLEnterprise club heats this Wednesday… https://t.co/JZbJL8aAIN

Dec 11

RT @ipsofootball: Still a chance to sign up for the next @ipsofootball Level 1 SCOUTING COURSE at @StadiumOfLight with @SAFCFoL Partnershi…

Dec 11

This week we have the perfect prize for someone looking to improve their fitness in the new year! #WIN six personal… https://t.co/kvUOT8cjyl

Dec 11

@StadiumOfLight @PLCommunities SAMSON SAYS YES! CONGRATULATIONS to our #SamsonsShoes winners from Ramshaw Primary… https://t.co/XqyXzbcqFH

Dec 11

#PLENTERPRISE: Another fantastic #SamsonsShoes event at the @StadiumofLight this afternoon! WELL DONE to all of our… https://t.co/xJCDcdBxYC

Dec 11

RT @FoLScholars: Our Ladies Scholars took part in a physical conditioning session at the @StadiumOfLight this morning https://t.co/ST0u2jd6…

Dec 11

RT @FoLScholars: Brilliant experiences for our Ladies Scholars. For more information on how to join our Scholarship programme contact Wayne…

Dec 11

CONGRATULATIONS to our Four Weeks of #Christmas Week 2 winner Julie who will heading to @SundEmpire to watch Jack &… https://t.co/ah6h5NKE0z

Dec 11

@SheKicksdotnet Hi Jen, do you have an email we could send a media release to feature on your website?

Dec 11

NEWS: Congratulations to our Ladies @FoLScholars team who overcame some of the country’s top development sides to w… https://t.co/uiDbRC8p4t

Dec 11

DON'T MISS OUT! Join us and @SunderlandBID at @BridgesSund THIS Sunday 17 December 2017 for a unique indoor festiv… https://t.co/27P5qH0spE

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

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