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RT @SportStructures: We have teamed up with @SAFCFoL to host FREE Level 1 Award in assistant coaching this month⚽️ 📍Beacon in Light, Sunde…

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Our delivery teams using today's #CPD session at the @FoL_Beacon to focus on developing #Ofsted-ready lesson plans… https://t.co/EHXE4vPCPm

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RT @BritishEngines: We’ve sponsored equipment for the @SAFCFoL (Foundation of Light, Sunderland) Girls’ RTC Centre. Here are the Under 16 s…

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RT @FoL_Beacon: @RedAndWhite2017 @SAFCFoL A few photos inside the Beacon of Light. People are welcome to pop in on Sunday for a look around…

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RT @RedAndWhite2017: The new home of @SAFCFoL, the @FoL_Beacon looked amazing in red and white stripes last night. I imagine this will quic…

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RT @andygrantfc: Well deserved recognition for our @FoLScholars programme that combines high-quality football and education. #Shoutout to t…

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My week on Twitter 🎉: 26 Mentions, 6.5K Mention Reach, 107 Likes, 60 Retweets, 181K Retweet Reach. See yours with… https://t.co/VEzjnNjwZf

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RT @StadiumOfLight: 👔 Hundreds of local businesses are here to hear from @Tonyd1973 and Charlie Methven as @SunderlandAFC launch their new…

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RT @SunderlandAFC: 🏆 A home tie against @Wolves awaits us in round two of the @Carabao_Cup if we win tonight. #SAFC #HawayTheLads https://…

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RT @Carabao_Cup: The #CarabaoCup made its way to the @FoL_Beacon earlier today. A @SunderlandAFC duo came along to meet youngsters from @S

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RT @SAFCLadies: What are you doing Sunday? ⚽️ @SAFCLadies v @FyldeLadiesFC @FAWNL 📆 19th August ⏱ 2.00pm 🏟 Hetton Centre, Welfare Road,…

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The @FoL_Beacon has definitely impressed the Black Cats duo who have praised its amazing facilities and talked abou… https://t.co/jfoRadFKsf

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RT @EFL: Young people get the chance to combine their studies with football thanks to @SAFCFoL. The surroundings of where they get to do…

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HUGE THANKS to @SunderlandAFC players @Charliewyke1 and Tom Flanagan for coming along to the @FoL_Beacon this after… https://t.co/h8r6mWeZon

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RT @EFL: 🔴⚪️ @SunderlandAFC’s @Charliewyke1 and Tom Flanagan were with @SAFCFoL this afternoon. They were mightily impressed with the fac…

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RT @Carabao_Cup: The #CarabaoCup is at the @FoL_Beacon ahead of tonight's final Round One tie. Children from @SAFCFoL are here in training…

Beacon of Light shines at Buckingham Palace

Sir Bob Murray CBE and Foundation CEO Lesley Spuhler OBE were invited to Buckingham Palace recently for a celebration lunch to commemorate the upcoming opening of the Beacon of Light.

The Foundation will receive the keys to the Beacon in May and begin the phased opening of the striking, six-storey building.

Chair of Trustees of the Foundation, Sir Bob Murray CBE commented: “We are hugely honoured that our Patron, HRH Countess of Wessex GCVO so graciously hosted a celebration lunch at Buckingham Palace.

“It was a milestone moment to toast the opening of the Beacon, which is now only weeks away.

“People still ask why we are building the Beacon and my answer is always the same – the North East is a fantastic place to live but still has many challenges. Many adults, families and even young people feel like they have limited prospects, nothing to aspire to and therefore no motivation to improve their own lives.

With deprivation and diminished confidence comes even greater issues, the Beacon of Light will be a force for good for people across the region, not just Sunderland. It will help people to build a brighter future for themselves and their families.

“The Beacon already looks like a landmark building and will boast world class facilities but it has not been designed for the elite – it will be open and welcoming to everyone in our region. As well as being a great social and meeting place, it will also try to address specific challenges such as unemployment, poor attainment and economic inactivity, low skill levels, poor health and issues around crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Statistics show that over 50% of local residents see crime and anti-social behaviour as a major problem; a quarter of families have poor health; 33% of men and 45% of women are economically inactive; 64% of children are in lone parent families; and 60% of children live in the 25% of most disadvantaged wards in the country.

The Foundation of Light is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC and has grown immensely in stature over the last decade and a half to become one of the most successful organisations in its field with the reputation as an industry leader.

The charity raises over £4 million a year to fund its pioneering work. It receives much of this funding on a results basis so is highly efficient and delivers outstanding Social Return on Investment (SROI) across its portfolio of 40 specialist programmes.

By addressing regional challenges and working alongside strategic partners, the Beacon of Light will assist the socio-economic revival of the region and is expected to generate a SROI of £73m in its first 20 years.

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