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FOUNDATION OF LIGHT
SOCIAL MEDIA

2 hours ago

RT @FoL_Beacon: The @FoL_Beacon @SAFCFoL core values. We are so excited as we get close to opening our doors to the local community. If an…

6 hours ago

RT @SunderlandAFC: ⏰ FULL TIME: What a game! It ends all square on Wearside as 10 man #SAFC would not give up and a late, late goal gave th…

7 hours ago

Today’s winning #GrandinYourHand number is 3319. If you have that number CONGRATULATIONS you’ve won £1,000! #SAFC https://t.co/tQTL1VZdiz

9 hours ago

Fancy winning £1,000 at today’s game? There’s still time to pick up your #GrandintheHand Lottery tickets before kic… https://t.co/OUFXuRYtBU

9 hours ago

RT @SunderlandAFC: 📝 Here's the #SAFC starting XI to line-up v @Boro this afternoon... #HawayTheLads https://t.co/E2i4zap9KQ

9 hours ago

RT @FoL_Beacon: Small sided football will be coming to the @FoL_Beacon @SAFCFoL very soon. We will be confirming our launch week in the co…

10 hours ago

Coming to @SunderlandAFC v @Boro this afternoon? Don’t forget your #GrandinYourHand Lottery tickets, available fro… https://t.co/xPt6badsnd

13 hours ago

RT @FoL_Beacon: The Beacon is going to be an inclusive community venue supporting the world of work, education, health and wellbeing as wel…

13 hours ago

RT @MatthewsMike1: @FoL_Beacon @SAFCfol Dinner with @SirTimRice supporting a fabulous cause Foundation of Light @NEAutoAlliance @NissanUK

13 hours ago

RT @TheMarkLaws: Looks amazing! Will have a massive impact! https://t.co/a6N4ekv0wL

13 hours ago

RT @FoL_Beacon: Check out these panoramic photos of the sports hall space and top level barn. Both areas are nearing completion and we ar…

13 hours ago

RT @ChrisFryatt: Blown away by how the Beacon of Light is progressing. It’s going to be some place! #BacktheBeacon https://t.co/0SYjFzvdap

Feb 23

CONGRATULATIONS to @oxcloseFutsal (U13s) and @Stbedesandbyron (U15s) on winning today’s @EFLTrust #Futsal Tournamen… https://t.co/fWrysgOZ6r

Feb 23

#FUTSAL: More clear cut in the U15 Tournament with @Stbedesandbyron finishing top of the group with a 100% record! 🏆 https://t.co/1bn6QzowmC

Feb 23

#FUTSAL: It was close in our @EFLTrust Futsal U13 Tournament group with @oxcloseFutsal edging out @WellfieldSchoolhttps://t.co/z6fg6pA0jv

Feb 23

NEWS: Could you be the next #ThreeLions star? Foundation of Light and @DurhamFA are hosting a #TalentDay for disab… https://t.co/0v1Suc8ryt

Feb 23

RT @FoL_Beacon: In the coming months we plan to announce the week we will be launching the Beacon. Facilities will include indoor & outdoor…

Feb 23

RT @hettonschoolpe: Today we are hosting the boys under 13’s and 15’s Futsal tournament with a great turn out @hettonschool https://t.co/WQ…

Feb 23

RT @MrGeorgeClarke: Please follow the Beacon of Light Twitter page @FoL_Beacon ...we’ve worked so hard to get this building built on the ba…

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