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Ha'way the Lads! ๐Ÿ”ดโšช๏ธ Well done to our Scholarship team who won the @YAV_Sunderland #BlackHistoryMonth football touโ€ฆ https://t.co/mTPwGTwjLb

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๐Ÿ ๐ˆ๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐’๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐’๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐š๐œ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐Ÿ-๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ โšฝ Football - Tuesday 1-3pm ๐Ÿ‘ Multi-sports - Thursday 10-1โ€ฆ https://t.co/IyB6WhyyY5

๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€ ๐ŸŽ‰ A very happy birthday to former #SAFC man Kieran Richardson Any excuse... Kieran Richardson! https://t.co/MAlTvdcicQ

๐ŸŸ๏ธ ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” returns this weekend! โšฝ At only ยฃ5 to enter, the cost of your ticket pays for a ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ค๐™ฃโ€ฆ https://t.co/gLOdBWt4tW

RT @RokerRapportPod: Hendo's Da is trying to save lives on Wearside and Bally wants us to help ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ Let's give him a hand if we can #SAFโ€ฆ

๐ŸŽ–๏ธ๐™ต๐š๐™ด๐™ด ๐™ต๐™พ๐™พ๐šƒ๐™ฑ๐™ฐ๐™ป๐™ป ๐™ต๐™พ๐š ๐š…๐™ด๐šƒ๐™ด๐š๐™ฐ๐™ฝ๐š‚ ๐š๐™ด๐šƒ๐š„๐š๐™ฝ๐š‚ Every Tuesday and Thursday โšฝ 45 mins football โ˜• Cuppa and a catch-up Boโ€ฆ https://t.co/rkTUK0oYWD

Weโ€™re at St Josephโ€™s Catholic Primary School today talking to pupils about #blackhistorymonth. Some fantastic questโ€ฆ https://t.co/LhN06JjJu1

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๐Ÿ“ข Our Coaches Clinics are back! ๐Ÿ“… 6-8pm on 29th October 2021 โšฝ Lead by @wallsy06 Perfect for football coaches aโ€ฆ https://t.co/cOlZn0HrDJ

๐Ÿค— Little Dribblers Playgroup at the Beacon of Light tomorrow... ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Thursday 9.30-11.30am ๐Ÿ‘ถ Age 0-3 years ๐Ÿ’ฐ ยฃ3 eacโ€ฆ https://t.co/0DibNZsvSP

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๐Ÿ’ฅ! ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” returns this weekend ๐™๐™ฅ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™—๐™จ โ–ช๏ธยฃ1,000 prize โ–ช๏ธSigned Sunderland shirt โ–ช๏ธRollover jackpoโ€ฆ https://t.co/NePYEX0rAH

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RT @BeaconofLight: ๐Ÿค” Have you been ๐Ÿ”™ to the Beacon yetโ‰๏ธ โ–ช๏ธ Five-a-side football โ–ช๏ธTraining or kickabout โ–ช๏ธ Safe space for bootcamps ๐™Š๐™ช๐™งโ€ฆ

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๐ŸŽ–๏ธ๐™ต๐š๐™ด๐™ด ๐™ต๐™พ๐™พ๐šƒ๐™ฑ๐™ฐ๐™ป๐™ป ๐™ต๐™พ๐š ๐š…๐™ด๐šƒ๐™ด๐š๐™ฐ๐™ฝ๐š‚ ๐š๐™ด๐šƒ๐š„๐š๐™ฝ๐š‚ Every Tuesday and Thursday โšฝ 45 mins football โ˜• Cuppa and a catch-up Boโ€ฆ https://t.co/iuTizIXyBR

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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:ย Family Learning Ministry of Food programme wins Northern Project of the Year.
  • Launched:ย Back in the Game expands into Hartlepool in partnership with North Star Housing.
  • Launched:ย 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:ย SSE Wildcats weekly footballย sessions at Harton College to inspire more girls to get involved in football.
  • Nominated:ย Foundation of Light Girlsโ€™ Talent Pathway, which has engaged over 500 participants in the past 12 months, shortlisted for โ€˜Best Participation Initiativeโ€™ at the FA Womenโ€™s Football Awards.
  • Tanni Grey-Thompson, one of the countryโ€™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:ย Foundation of Light recieves The Equality Standard ‘Gold’ Award for our commitment to equality and diversity.
  • Winners:ย Foundation of Light, Middlesbrough Foundation and Newcastle United Foundation team up to win the โ€˜Uniquely North Eastโ€™ prize at the North East Charity Awards.
  • Foundation of Lightโ€™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:ย Foundation of Light is recognised at the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards, picking up the Special Community prize.
  • History: Foundation of Light’s Ladies Scholarsย win their opening fixture in the EFLโ€™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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