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RT @FolClub: Great to have 20 players at our first u6s open training session at @BeaconofLight tonight!! See you all next week ⚽️🔴⚪️👍

RT @SunderlandAFC: GOOOOAALLL!! @LeeConnelly64 is at it again as he cancels out Jamie Soule's 11th-minute goal to put the Lads back on lev…

RT @SunderlandAFC: Here's how our under-23s line-up this evening against @WBA... #SAFC #PL2 https://t.co/OhXADHJhua

Our #LittleDribblers and #SchoolofDance youngsters have loved their #HalfTerm sessions at the @BeaconofLight today!… https://t.co/9ynkgmVnzQ

RT @FoLScholars: If you missed our Men's Open Trials today, we're holding further events this week at the @BeaconofLight and Alun Armstrong…

RT @FoLScholars: Want to find out more about our Ladies Scholarship programme which offer routes into women's football, Higher Education an…

JOIN OUR TEAM! We are currently seeking highly motivated individuals for the following positions: ▪ Apprenticeshi… https://t.co/3hvNAoPtT5

RT @FoLScholars: We also have over 30 promising young players taking to the @BeaconofLight's outdoor pitches trying out for our Men's Schol…

RT @SAFCLadies: MATCH REPORT 📝: Six Sunderland goals and three points to read about as the report for yesterday's home victory against Hull…

RT @FoLScholars: We're underway with our Ladies Scholars invite only trials featuring @SunderlandRTC U16 players and county representative…

RT @FoLScholars: WELL DONE to Maria who scored her first goal for @SAFCLadies against @HullCityLFC yesterday! #HawaytheLasses https://t.co/…

@andrew_hird Good guess Andrew, it's picalilli!

Exciting day at the @BeaconofLight as we're tasting the menu ahead of our first Gala Awards Dinner courtesy of… https://t.co/TUxeQeoq4S

Play, learn and have fun this #HalfTerm with our FREE #Disability Multi-Sports session at the @BeaconofLight! The… https://t.co/jw4kReK89g

Looking for sporting fun and activities for your children this February #HalfTerm? We have something for everyone!… https://t.co/fDJCRqvQGf

RT @SAFCLadies: IT'S MATCH DAY! Today we return home to face @HullCityLFC in the @FAWNL! Kick-off is 2pm at The Hetton Centre #HawayTheL

RT @SAFCLadies: 1 day to go! Tomorrow we return to The Hetton Centre to take on @HullCityLFC! #HawayTheLasses #FAWNL #WeAreNational https…

Did you know that we have our own Foundation of Light School of Dance? This #HalfTerm learn a variety of styles i… https://t.co/nhQl3VnWhg

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

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