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FOUNDATION OF LIGHT
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9 hours ago

RT @Jamie_Wright4: Typically diverse day @SAFCFoL today - started off teaching Sign Language at a old people’s home, then met @EFLTrust to…

12 hours ago

Still looking for sports activities for your youngsters during #HalfTerm? Sign up for our Football, Dance, Multi-… https://t.co/vsDiGAxMnn

14 hours ago

RT @NESA_WomenFB: Next up for our @NU_Foundation team in the @NFYLU19 Women's Northern Premier Division - Sunderland @SAFCFoL at @johnspenc

20 hours ago

RT @WBD_CharitiesUK: We were proud to sponsor the Uniquely North East award at last week's #NECharityAwards. Congratulations to all the nom…

22 hours ago

#HALFTERM: BOOK NOW for our October Holiday Activities including Soccer Courses, Dance Classes, Multi-Sports, Disab… https://t.co/VOLfclnH4t

Oct 14

Great result for @SAFCLadies who are through to the third round of the @FAWNL Cup! #HawaytheLasses https://t.co/mvpt1HWFNw

Oct 14

RT @SRTRC_England: #SAFC are supporting #wearredday. Get your workplace or school to take part this Friday 19th Oct. @SAFCFoL #showracismth

Oct 14

RT @SAFCLadies: 66' GOAL FOR SUNDERLAND! It's another own goal as Hutchinson's teasing cross from the left is deflected in off the far post…

Oct 14

RT @SAFCLadies: 58' GOAL FOR SUNDERLAND! Atkinson crosses in from the right. Clarke dives out to push away the cross but it deflects back o…

Oct 14

RT @SAFCLadies: Half-time: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Sunderland AFC Emily Hutchinson's early strike put Sunderland ahead before Anna You…

Oct 14

RT @SAFCLadies: TEAM NEWS: Here's how the Black Cats line up to face @WolvesWomen I'm the @FAWNL Cup... #HawayTheLasses https://t.co/mGfM2…

Oct 14

RT @BeaconofLight: If you are attending today’s @slandfutsalclub match, please park in the GREEN car park (Ticket Office) and NOT the servi…

Oct 14

It’s a big month of international football for some of our @SunderlandRTC players! Good luck to Daisy, Grace, Rebe… https://t.co/FkyOqASXdG

Oct 13

RT @Official_SAFC: Thanks @SunderlandAFC for the support today, hopefully we can go a long way 🔴⚪️⚽️🚂🏆

Oct 13

RT @SunderlandAFC: North East football ❤️ A favourite of ours, @Official_SAFC, advanced in the #FAVase today 👏 This is definitely just th…

Oct 13

RT @SAFCLadies: 1️⃣ DAY TO GO! Tomorrow we are back on the road to take on @WolvesWomen in the @FAWNL Cup 2nd Round! #HawayTheLasses #FAW

Oct 13

Join us on Saturday 27th October a match day kickabout. Bring your children aged 5-16 year olds to the Beacon of… https://t.co/MAqBrzdZ2G

Oct 13

No @SunderlandAFC game but there is plenty of our local teams in action across the #NorthEast! Good luck to our fr… https://t.co/6G4b6ZOzao

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