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We're preparing for our End of Season auction and have come across a shirt belonging to #SAFC and @USAMNT's… https://t.co/Y7Y2T3GG8b

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RT @cdsport: Durham County FA & the Foundation of Light are hosting an England Disability Talent Day on 7th May at the Beacon of Light 👇 @D

RT @SunderlandAFC: "We should see a crowd of around 40,000 on Saturday. "That's the size of the occasion, and it's truly a privilege to be…

RT @ChrisFryatt: The @SAFCFoL auction opens on Sunday! Get bidding and support our #FOLGiveAQuid campaign! https://t.co/cZpJpXtnsm

My week on Twitter 🎉: 130 Mentions, 99.1K Mention Reach, 517 Likes, 93 Retweets, 2.14M Retweet Reach. See yours wit… https://t.co/333DmpIPJj

📸🏆Our Thursday #SAFCInBusiness 5-aside League just keeps on growing! Massive welcome to ‘Station Taxis’ just in ti… https://t.co/8C1T7V0stV

RT @LukeONien: Thank you @SAFCFoL ! Much appreciated🙏 It has been a pleasure working along side the great work you all do👊❤️ https://t.co/y…

RT @BeaconofLight: We're set for an exciting night in the #SAFCInBusiness League, including the @SAFCFoL v @SunderlandAFC derby! Here's ho…

Bid on your favourite @SunderlandAFC player's signed match-worn shirt from our #FoundationMatchDay and help smash o… https://t.co/jOKji8rgsp

Our Head of Communications, James, with today's @TyneWearLocalTV and @NorthumbrianH2O weather forecast! https://t.co/mYh3AbIBQk

We've been to the Academy of Light to present our #SAFC @PFA #CommunityChampion Award! But which member of the… https://t.co/FAFSulJsFL

RT @futureme_ne: We’re halfway through our final launch event! It’s fantastic to spend the day with @NU_Foundation @SAFCFoL @MFCFoundation

RT @BeaconofLight: SAFC FANS LEAGUE! We are delighted to announce we will be launching a new Wednesday night 5 aside league in partnership…

Interested in a career in Sport and Coaching? Sign up for our Level 1 course in Sport & Active Leisure from 29th A… https://t.co/4OYGTWNc4T

The first @weare_livin Livin, @Official_SAFC and Foundation of Light Healthy Activities Club was a real hit with c… https://t.co/AbjuDmEDIG

RT @TheBoLSchool: Proud of our boys taking part in Building A Stronger Britain Together @TheBoLSchool @SAFCFoL https://t.co/VthpWFd2Sh

@LukeONien @BaliMumba8 @TheBoLSchool Luke, Bali and the Year 11 pupils took part in a workshop about the legend of… https://t.co/PihMw68VEh

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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