Northumbria Police has given its support for the Beacon of Light’s “Summer at the Beacon” campaign – an action packed six-week programme of events at the award-winning facility.
Sponsored by gentoo, Summer at the Beacon of Light, has something for everyone from toddlers, children and teenagers, through to families, adults and people aged over 55.
The Beacon of Light opened to the public in September of last year, and nearly 6,000 visitors a week visit the building to play sport, learn new skills and improve their health and wellbeing.
As well as a comprehensive range of football and multi-sport holiday courses, Summer at the Beacon of Light features brand new events including:
Casual Kickabout and Kicks Football Drop-In – the long summer days mean more time for football. Come along to one of our casual football sessions during the day or join in with the free Kicks group on Friday evenings.
Fortneet Camp – a Mackem take on a global phenomenon, youngsters battle their friends with Nerf guns in the Beacon’s indoor arena
Family Fit – parent and child fitness sessions led by former SAFC Strength and Conditioning ace Scott Pearce
Family Fakeaway – parents and children learn how to cook healthy takeaway classics including pizza, burgers and chicken curry in the Beacon’s state-of-the-art teaching kitchen
Toddler Tales – each week children will read a book before baking a special treat in the Beacon Teaching Kitchen
Football Fit – for budding young footballers looking to get fit and play their favourite game. Led by former SAFC Strength and Conditioning ace Scott Pearce
Speaking about the Summer at the Beacon of Light campaign, General Manager Phil King said: “This is our first summer open to the public, so we want to create something really special, really engaging and, most importantly, lots of fun.
“It’s fantastic to have the backing of Northumbria Police. They are a key partner and working with them we can make sure that all areas of the local community can come along and get involved.
All proceeds from the Beacon of Light are donated back to the Foundation of Light, so anyone who visits us this summer will not only feel great because they are doing something fun but because they are helping to make a real difference to lives across the north east.
PC Neil Cutter, of Northumbria Police, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Beacon of Light’s ‘Summer at the Beacon’ campaign over the next six weeks.
“The campaign offers a range of free activities for people of all ages to enjoy over the summer months – from free football sessions on Friday evenings to an Extra Time Hub for over-55s which aims to combat social isolation.
“We know the summer holidays can prove a challenge for some families to keep children engaged, and with the hotter weather, that can sometimes lead to youngsters gathering in large groups which can be intimidating for more vulnerable members of our communities.
“Hanging out with your friends is not a crime and the majority of young people are an absolute credit to themselves, but some youngsters can find themselves getting drawn into anti-social behaviour and give the minority a bad name.
“We would therefore encourage children and families to take advantage of the range of exciting activities on offer over the coming weeks – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”