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FOUNDATION OF LIGHT
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10 hours ago

HUGE THANKS to #SAFC players Duncan Watmore, Lee Camp and club legend Kevin Ball who attended our #MakingMoves coa… https://t.co/RLzEHq9Z2K

12 hours ago

RT @SRTRC_England: Congratulations to prize winner Jack from Whitburn School who was lucky enough to meet @Ethan_robson8 and @tybrowning as…

13 hours ago

“I would recommend the NCS to anyone as it is an experience I will never forget.” Our Shildon @FoLScholars have ju… https://t.co/cmomxMp4P9

14 hours ago

RT @davedixon919: Wow ... the Beacon of light is a building and a facility to be proud of for Sunderland and the NE @SAFCFoL @SunderlandAFC

Apr 19

RT @TheBoLSchool: Our students are really looking forward to their first rugby session with @AllStarsRugby tomorrow #SportStars #FitnessFri

Apr 19

RT @FoL_Beacon: Wow all the lines are down and our multi sports hall is almost ready. Final inspections tomorrow. To enquire about hirin…

Apr 19

RT @RobLawson1: Perfect evening for cycling - and a lovely 34-mile ride with @Sthompson40Sean in training for @SAFCFoL challenge. No stops.…

Apr 19

RT @godboldtt: Winner of the Tt event city campus Niall with runner up the stig @HelenBy36665754 @SportBetty @sc_youthsupport @FoL_Beacon @…

Apr 19

RT @godboldtt: Students having a go v the terminator robot machine bede college aadam maharoo the most successful @sc_youthsupport @HelenBy

Apr 19

BREAKING NEWS: We will kick off a new era of football in the #NorthEast with Soccer Courses, #LittleDribblers and… https://t.co/C1s55uyMde

Apr 19

RT @LanchesterEP: Y2 are improving their throwing and catching skills this afternoon with @SAFCFoL in the lovely sunshine!☀️🎾 Mr Mordue htt…

Apr 19

RT @FoL_Beacon: The Beacon is set to be a multi sports community venue with Indoor 4G, Outdoor 3Gs and an amazing sports hall with 3 courts…

Apr 19

Did you miss out on our first SEND Awareness Course? Due to popularity, we are hosting a further event at the… https://t.co/nej3fkAATz

Apr 19

Members of our team at last night's #DisabilityChampions SEND Awareness Course, increasing their understanding of s… https://t.co/8BefESJfrV

Apr 19

Fantastic turnout and discussions at last night's #DisabilityChampions SEND Awareness Course at the @StadiumofLighthttps://t.co/W6FtaeCvYT

Apr 19

WELL DONE to our Ladies @FoLScholars team who travelled to @LilleshallNSC yesterday for a series of @NFYLU19 league… https://t.co/56HBaqqQnM

Apr 19

NEWS: More than 70 youngsters took to the pitches at #SAFC's Academy of Light in the hope of securing a place on on… https://t.co/pOnxJRtWdb

Apr 19

Our #CoachesAcademy offers on the job training and support from experienced, qualified mentors, a GUARANTEED interv… https://t.co/8XWAGuMVo4

Apr 19

Leaving school this year and looking to kick start a career in sports coaching? Come along to our Information Even… https://t.co/qLuCGotNn0

Apr 19

RT @c_rob_8: @steviemc225 @LilleshallNSC @FoLScholars @NFYLU19 @CL24796 Thanks and to @NFYLU19 Great Experience for Players 👏🏻 👊🏻⚽️ https:/…

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