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FOUNDATION OF LIGHT
SOCIAL MEDIA

๐ŸŒ Week 2 of ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™‰๐™€๐™ ๐™Ž๐™๐™‹๐™€๐™ ๐™‡๐™€๐˜ผ๐™‚๐™๐™€ campaign and we're climbing the table... Get involved ๐Ÿ”— https://t.co/ngW6bA0XYnโ€ฆ https://t.co/JVYovzn93Y

๐ŸŽฏ Has lockdown made you re-evaluate your life-goals? Weโ€™ve been presented with a unique volunteering opportunity tโ€ฆ https://t.co/9dCh14YqP9

RT @BeaconofLight: ๐Ÿค” Have you been ๐Ÿ”™ to the Beacon yetโ‰๏ธ Monday: 7am-9pm Tuesday: 7am-10pm Wednesday: 7am- 9pm Thursday: 7am-10pm Friday:โ€ฆ

- ๐š‚๐™ฐ๐šƒ๐š„๐š๐™ณ๐™ฐ๐šˆ ๐™ผ๐™พ๐š๐™ฝ๐™ธ๐™ฝ๐™ถ ๐š‚๐š„๐™ผ๐™ผ๐™ด๐š ๐šƒ๐™พ๐š„๐š๐™ฝ๐™ฐ๐™ผ๐™ด๐™ฝ๐šƒ๐š‚ - โ–ช๏ธ Sat 14th August - Under-8s, 9am-12pm โ–ช๏ธ Sat 28th August - Under-7s, 9โ€ฆ https://t.co/eYVLah56jx

๐ŸŽ– Families of those who have served have enjoyed free activities @BeaconofLight, thanks to our partnership withโ€ฆ https://t.co/1wAnPI4uou

๐Ÿค– ๐—ฆ๐—ฃ๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ข ๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—˜๐—ฆ Great day of code cracking for youngsters on our holiday coursesโ€ฆ Know someone whoโ€™d enjoy takingโ€ฆ https://t.co/LZEGAITb8n

๐Ÿ‘Š In an effort to combat holiday hunger, youngsters on our summer courses have enjoyed a packed lunch each day andโ€ฆ https://t.co/LjQCqr5NQg

๐Ÿง  @ParagonCC_UK were on of the first companies to get involved with the #BeAGameChanger programme. Staff well-beinโ€ฆ https://t.co/hM2Bf2HWVW

๐‘ฑ๐’๐’ƒ ๐’—๐’‚๐’„๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’Š๐’†๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’ #๐‘ป๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž๐‘ญ๐’๐‘ณ ๐Ÿ”บ Skills Officer ๐Ÿ”บ Recruitment Lead ๐Ÿ”บ Matchday Lottery Sellers ๐Ÿ”บ Physiotherapist ๐Ÿ”บ Fโ€ฆ https://t.co/O7dVw2eNUc

๐Ÿค Weโ€™ve partnered with I Am Team GB and their free Festival of Sport this summer! Join us on Sunday 15 August โ€“ eโ€ฆ https://t.co/Pp6N1EJgY0

๐Ÿ‘ A great showcase for the #BeAGameChanger programme. Well done to everyone involved https://t.co/Iwxrq2JLFw

โ›ณ ๐Ž๐๐„ ๐–๐„๐„๐Š ๐“๐Ž ๐†๐Ž We're looking forward to welcoming teams to our Golf Day @RamsideGolfClub Find out more aboutโ€ฆ https://t.co/Nuo4hjSwIZ

๐Ÿ’ฅ ๐™Ž๐™๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™›๐™ž๐™ง๐™š๐™™! ๐ŸŽฏ Our very own #pingdemic at the Beacon of Light today. โšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธ https://t.co/jivXid8HZd

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ Big โค๏ธ for the inflatables! https://t.co/v9gIQC71WY

And itโ€™s end to end stuff with these little dribblers! ๐Ÿ’ฅ https://t.co/UYIobuh4Vq

Itโ€™s that time again! ๐Ÿค— The inflatables are out! #SummerAtTheBeacon https://t.co/JSf0X5c5QO

RT @BeaconofLight: ๐Ÿ† @SAFCFoL's first-ever #BeAGameChanger Tournament brought local businesses together to raise awareness of mental healthโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐™‹๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™˜๐™š๐™จ Our @FoLScholars players enjoying another pre-season session in the sun! https://t.co/AQ3DwpbYkd

๐Ÿ’ฆ We can all do our bit to save waterโ€ฆ https://t.co/lfukYlMmEm

โณ Back in 2010, Kenwyne Jones visited Lumley Junior School in Chester-le-Street, to join pupils on our Family Learnโ€ฆ https://t.co/4hRIG82ZTW

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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