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FOUNDATION OF LIGHT
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RT @SunderlandAFC: We're underway at the @StadiumOfLight for tonight's @EmiratesFACup second round replay... Ha'way The Lads! 👊 #SAFC htt…

RT @NETimesmagazine: Meet our five BRILLIANT Impact Award 2018 winners - featured in this month's issue! @GeneratorNE @SAFCFoL @flameheatin

RT @CarseBrydon: Great day training with the @DurhamCricket lads at @BeaconofLight today, unbelievable facilities! Massive thanks to @SAFCF

We’re setting up for tonight’s @FoLScholars #Futsal Scholarship information event at the @BeaconofLight (6-7pm)! I… https://t.co/lBoGAN36IJ

RT @BridgesSund: Reindeer dashed around the Bridges on Sunday to help raise funds for @RedSkyBall and @SAFCFoL! Check out the highlights of…

RT @RokerReport: A reminder to you, our beautiful readers & listeners... You can get £10 off your first 5-a-side pitch booking at the @Bea

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RT @Burnopfield_sch: Children and Dodgeball go together like a Christmas and Santa! Last session with @SAFCFoL Michael. Of course it’s goin…

RT @Colly622: Unbelievable facility but rubbish football by @DurhamCricket 🤦🏼‍♂️ https://t.co/kdUfaxtkiC

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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