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RT @sharonbrownlie3: Positive meeting today with @c_rob_8 to discuss the Sunderland RTC and NE Player Pathway at the Foundations impressive…

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NEWS: Foundation of Light's football pathway continues to make its mark on the women’s game with no fewer than 11… https://t.co/lg6a0xFfEG

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Aug 20

Sport six out of seven of the day for youngsters taking part in #MultiSports. More activities, skills and training… https://t.co/5TurtgwrSh

Aug 20

SPORT: A goal worthy of a @Cristiano celebration at our #OpenTrials today. https://t.co/pq5banDjOZ

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RT @c_rob_8: @SunderlandRTC @SAFCFoL Great Experiences with squads playing Arsenal Birmingham Essex and Northern Ireland Clubs 👌🏻 Superb Ou…

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RT @SunderlandAFC: We're back underway at the @StadiumOfLight. More of the same please 🙏 🔴⚪️ 3-0 🔶 https://t.co/pHHErf8XIv

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Aug 19

Our #GrandinYourHand Lottery returns this afternoon! Look out for our sellers around the @StadiumofLight before ki… https://t.co/AdwGdGOeFC

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RT @andygrantfc: Delighted @SAFCFoL is partnering with @SportStructures to provide this fully-funded @1st4sportQuals L1 coaching qual for a…

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RT @DurhamFA: 📸| We have the second block of the FA Level 2 in Coaching Futsal @FoL_Beacon this weekend! #Coaching #Learning https://t.co/y…

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RT @SAFCLadies: One day to go to #TheBigKickOff ⚽️ @SAFCLadies v @FyldeLadiesFC @FAWNL 📆 19th August ⏱ 2.00pm 🏟 Hetton Centre, Welfare R…

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RT @SAFCLadies: ONLY TWO DAYS TO GO ⚽️ @SAFCLadies v @FyldeLadiesFC @FAWNL 📆 19th August ⏱ 2.00pm 🏟 Hetton Centre, Welfare Road, DH5 9NE…

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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

Jobs at Foundation of Light

Join our award-winning team

Here at the Foundation of Light, we are passionate about finding the right people to help us achieve our vision of using the power of football to involve, educate and inspire young people and their families across the North East through a broad range of innovative programmes that help improve their lives.

That’s why we believe that the successful recruitment, retention and development of staff through professional qualifications, training and a values-led culture is vital to our success.

If you are passionate about helping people within this great region, and have expert skills to offer, we look forward to receiving your application.

In addition to paid employment we also offer volunteering, non-paid student internship and apprenticeship opportunities.

Please note:

  • CVs are not accepted.
  • Candidates who have not heard within six weeks of application should assume they have been unsuccessful.
  • All positions are based at the Stadium of Light unless otherwise stated in the job description.
  • Appointments may be subject to an enhanced DBS Check

If you are successful you can look forward to ongoing training opportunities, competitive salary and a range of benefits including childcare voucher scheme, Cycle to Work scheme, pension and opportunities for reward and recognition.

Foundation of Light is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


Ref: 001: Receptionist: (Permanent)

Beacon of Light

This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced Receptionist to join a fast-moving and growing charitable organisation at a very exciting time, based at our new building, Beacon of Light.

The role is to assist with the day to day operation of reception. Dealing with all incoming enquiries in person and on the telephone and operating the facility booking system and keeping accurate records of bookings and payments made. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in a customer facing role and delivering exceptional customer service.

Previous applicants need not apply. Interested applicants can download the documents below or send an email to melanie.ayre@foundationoflight.co.uk  or by calling 0191 563 4764. It is preferred that applications are completed electronically.

CVs are not accepted.

Candidates who have not heard within six weeks of application should assume they have been unsuccessful.

Closing date is: Friday 24th August 2018 at 12 noon.   

Candidates who have not heard within six weeks of application should assume they have been unsuccessful.

Application Form | Job Description

Beacon of Light School Administration Assistant

We are currently seeking to appoint a highly skilled, effective and experienced School Administration Support person to join us in September 2018. This new role will be key in shaping the ethos, vision and values of our school, as we move into our purpose-built environment next academic year. This is a chance for the successful applicant to make a positive impact on our young people, their families, their communities, and their future. We are creating an environment for personalised educational opportunities, where there are highest expectations for all members of the school community –  this appointment is key to embedding these aims and aspirations.

This role covers wide-ranging in responsibilities, but will include leading on general administration, school reception, student and school data.

If you are interested at the prospect of working in a vibrant environment where you can make a real impact, and where exciting things are happening, then we welcome an application from you.

The successful applicant will:

  • Have previous experience of working in the role of School Administration Support in a school
  • Work in partnership with school staff, Trustees, commissioning schools and external partners/agencies
  • Have experience of working with young people
  • Demonstrate an unrelenting commitment to providing the best service for our students
  • Be able to work flexibly to meet the demands of the role
  • Play a key role in the day to day running of the school and its direction of progress
  • Be prepared to go ‘the extra mile’ to ensure every student achieves to the very best of their ability
  • Be passionate about the power of education to improve the quality of life and the chances of young people

If you are ready for a new and exciting challenge, we will offer you:

  • The professional benefits that come from working with a collegiate and supportive team
  • Exciting collaborative opportunities with partners, businesses, employers and outside agencies
  • Ongoing mentoring and coaching from the School Business Manage
  • Opportunities to continue your professional development
  • The unique chance to shape this role and the direction of the Beacon of Light School from the outset
  • Competitive rate of pay
  • State of the art facilities from September 2018

Opened September 2016 within Sunderland AFC Stadium of Light, moving into purpose-built accommodation from September 2018, the Beacon of Light School is a unique Alternative Provision for young people aged 13-16. Our curriculum offer provides life-changing opportunities to the 60 students who attend, not only in terms of improved educational outcomes but also in the longer term outcomes of training, work and economic wellbeing.

Students are at the very heart of our school community and we are passionate about embedding strong foundations and values for their future achievement and success.  We recognise every student is an individual and celebrate this through personalised, inspiring and authentic learning experiences designed to nurture talent, build character and shape futures.

Offering the highest quality academic and vocational routes, supported by prestigious employers and endorsed by business, we align workplace qualities within a curriculum context. Our students are “work-ready” with a set of future proofed skills as their ‘employability passport’ – fully prepared for the next exciting stage of life’s learning journey.

By investing in our young people today we will secure the future they deserve – enabling them to learn more, do more and be more.

Areas of whole school leadership will be tailored and personalised around the successful candidate’s strengths and experience portfolio.

Interested applicants can download application packs below, by emailing alex.dunn@foundationoflight.co.uk, or by calling  0191 5634764.

CVs are not accepted.

Candidates who have not heard within six weeks of application should assume they have been unsuccessful.

Closing date for applications: Friday 17th August 2018 12pm

Interviews: Assessment and formal interviews will be conducted the week commencing 20th August  2018

Start date: 1st September 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter

Application Form part one |Application Form part two | Job Description| Personal Specification

Matchday Lottery Sellers


Earn money, help support local communities and watch Sunderland AFC in action!

Are you confident in a sales environment and able to communicate on all levels? Foundation of Light are looking for confident, outgoing people to sell ‘Grand in your Hand’ lottery tickets.

Job Role:

  • Selling lottery tickets to SAFC supporters on a match day, inside the Stadium of Light
  • Answering queries and giving information about Foundation of Light, SAFC’s official charity
  • Handling cash and taking payment for the ‘Grand in Your Hand’ tickets
  • Being highly motivated and able to sell to target audiences
  • Wearing Foundation of Light lottery seller uniform

To apply, download an Application Form which can be completed and returned to to alex.dunn@foundationoflight.co.uk or posted to Foundation of Light, Beacon of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SN.

For more information, please email jemma.garrett@foundationoflight.co.uk




The main duties are to provide administrative support to staff within designated departments. Locations include Sunderland, Washington, South Tyneside and Shildon. This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience and qualifications in a real work setting. Experience is not required; all training is provided. These opportunities may particularly suit school leavers. Applicants aged between 16-18 years old are invited to apply.

Previous applicants need not apply. Interested applicants should request an application pack by sending an email to alex.dunn@foundationoflight.co.uk, downloading packs below or by contacting 0191 551 5346.

Application Form | Job Description


The image of women's football has changed dramatically especially since the Olympics with so many young girls inspired to play football. It is important we raise awareness of the opportunities available to them if they want to follow a career within the sport.