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FOUNDATION OF LIGHT
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8 hours ago

RT @FoLScholars: 2) Playing against Ladies teams which will test and develop them in all four corners-technical, tactical, social and psych…

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RT @FoLScholars: There are many unique opportunities for our Ladies Scholars as a result of being part of our Scholarship Programme. These…

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RT @FoLScholars: @EllStephenson13 @Official_HUFC @LFC Read more about Elliot’s time with our Scholarship Programme and how it provided a gr…

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RT @FoLScholars: Huge Good Luck to former Scholar @EllStephenson13 tonight as @Official_HUFC take on Steven Gerrard’s @LFC in the The FA Yo…

11 hours ago

RT @FoLScholars: ⏰FT: Great win for #Shildon Scholars away to @WBAFoundation! Goals from Eltringham (2), Greenwood (2) and Jack Johnson (2)…

15 hours ago

RT @FoLScholars: 📝TEAM NEWS: Just one of our second year teams in @NFYLU19 Midlands Division action today, with #Shildon Scholars facing @W

15 hours ago

RT @StGeorgesPark: .@SAFCFoL won the inaugural NFYL U19 Ladies 🏆 at the national ⚽️ centre. Well done to all teams on a superb event! #SAF

16 hours ago

🎶 WELL DONE to West Rainton Primary School and all the foundation choirs who wowed passengers @NCLairport with thei… https://t.co/uOOLzanODD

18 hours ago

RT @NCLairport: Welcome to St Mark’s RC Primary School who are entertaining our passengers thismorning, they’re doing a great job! 🎄 https:…

19 hours ago

HAVE YOU ENTERED OUR PRIZE DRAW? This week we're offering the chance to #WIN six personal training sessions for yo… https://t.co/8Z2q6YSAiG

Dec 12

FANTASTIC afternoon at our #FamilyLearning Graduations here at the @StadiumofLight! Well done to our… https://t.co/JDg92wDXI8

Dec 12

RT @SHSLiteracy: Family learners proudly holding up certificates. @SeahamHigh @SAFCFoL https://t.co/fPH6XIJz7c

Dec 12

It wouldn’t be the #FamilyLearning Graduations without Samson! #InspiredFamilies #SAFC https://t.co/4KOhMd8WNN

Dec 12

We’re almost ready for our #FamilyLearning Graduations at the @StadiumOfLight where we’ll be celebrating the learni… https://t.co/jOS7eEIPAq

Dec 12

RT @ShiremoorYr5: Our dedicated Sports Leaders aren't put off by the snow!❄️⛄️ @SAFCFoL https://t.co/vDF8nZHPt6

Dec 12

RT @EFLTrust: 👏@SunderlandAFC's Foundation of Light ladies scholars celebrate tournament win 🏆⚽ 📝https://t.co/5o3h4nqrLG ➡️@SunderlandAFC

Dec 12

We're already looking ahead to the JANUARY SALES! Join us at our three day @goalssunderland #Football Camp and pay… https://t.co/JdT40bCj1y

Dec 11

We’re hosting the 2017 Player Development Squad Reflection Evening at @StadiumOfLight with our players focusing on… https://t.co/8nD1xebi8F

Dec 11

RT @1034SunFM: @SAFCFoL ladies beat some of the country's best sides to win the ainaugural NYFL U19 Ladies Cup @StGeorgesPark https://t.c…

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