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💥 Another industrious morning for our @FoLScholars, putting in the time @BeaconofLight https://t.co/O0PUYl0XnI

😅 As ever, the @FoLScholars are delighted to get a ball to their feet after taskmaster @steviemc225 puts them throu… https://t.co/204zY05jWF

💪 No let-up as our @FoLScholars are back to it @BeaconofLight today... https://t.co/UIc1JGVOxk

😁 You can donate to the Foundation of Light every time you shop online via Amazon Smile, it’s exactly the same as A… https://t.co/6yA5XWrxDT

RT @steviemc225: Excellent to be back training with our @FoLScholars! 35 girls training throughout the day in socially distanced groups of…

😊 Been great to have you back too, Autumn... #MondayMotivation https://t.co/Wxglr3wstz

RT @BeaconofLight: 🤩 Beautiful backdrop as @FoLScholars enjoy their first morning back on the grass... #BeaconOfLight https://t.co/nPLBigr…

✅ First session done ✅ Everyone is still smiling ...see you tomorrow, girls 😁 https://t.co/KoERcbozhw

⚽️ Delighted to get a ball to their feet, in the form of head tennis. Take a bow... https://t.co/EOA9V6q6U1

😅 Strength and conditioning continues in the sunshine... https://t.co/bQB0do2IkY

💪 Our first year @FoLScholars are straight into this morning as @JackGray1997 puts the girls through their paces... https://t.co/H1n9xIyykv

RT @FoLScholars: READY TO KICK OFF THE NEW SEASON We’re back and ready to welcome our new and existing @FoLScholars to the @BeaconofLight

RT @craig_johns: Worth noting these quotes came from the @SAFCFoL's Legends in Lockdown talk-in. They have a JustGiving page for donations…

😔 After being bullied at school, Maia didn't even want to leave the house let alone return to full time education..… https://t.co/hDJaszE9FZ

🚢 #ShowboatSunday Check out Kiera working on double movements to take away from defenders and protect the ball wi… https://t.co/jqeBgM8jJ9

🔜 The deadline for applications for our Girls Football Academy is approaching... ✅ Girls in year 8, 9, 10 and 11 ✅… https://t.co/zgnIuw6o8B

🥅 In between all of this weekend's football action you can squeeze in an #SAFC footy fix with John O'Shea and Wes B… https://t.co/6hJdAI69Z8

🎙️ #SAFC fans and @ManUtd fans alike will enjoy this one, as former defenders John O'Shea and Wes Brown talk derby… https://t.co/Ovnw9trgAx

🤸🏼‍♂️ Something different for FITBLACKCATS this morning with an online yoga session coming your way at 11am... https://t.co/TVUOWdqkAn

EFL DAY OF ACTION CELEBRATES IMPACT OF SAFC ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Sunderland AFC and its official charity, Foundation of Light, have come together with other EFL Clubs today, Tuesday 10 March, to highlight the positive impact football has in changing people’s lives and the work taking place to tackle some of society’s biggest issues.

Across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two, events will be held as part of the EFL’s Day of Action, showcasing the very best programmes and activity they deliver in a number of important areas, including diversity and inclusion, education, and health and wellbeing.

Across England, the impact of the work carried out by EFL Clubs and Club Community Organisations (CCOs) is unparalleled, with more than half a million hours of group activity delivered and over 40 million hours of participation each season.

During the 2018/19 season, almost 900,000 people took part in a wide range of activities across key areas, with Clubs and CCOs receiving over £60 million of direct project funding.

Playing its part, the Foundation of Light has worked with over 40,000 people across Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham to improve their access to sport, their knowledge of healthy lifestyles and equip them with life-changing skills and education to progress into employment.

Across the year, the Foundation has delivered a social return on investment of over £111 million – with every pound invested in the award-winning charity, saving the public purse £29 across social care, health service and policing.

To celebrate this success, the Sunderland AFC manager Phil Parkinson and four players – Charlie Wyke, Denver Hume, Tom Flanagan and Lee Burge, took part in a number of activities, including netball and boxing with members of the Extra Time Hub, a Q&A with the Foundation’s football scholars, baking with families and honing their engineering skills with local pupils from Monkwearmouth Academy.

Sunderland is a huge club and it plays a vital role the community. The work the Foundation of Light does is incredible, and the Beacon of Light is a fantastic facility, so its important that myself and the players support the work undertaken and the people within the local community

Sunderland AFC manager, Phil Parkinson

Foundation of Light Managing Director, Jamie Wright, said “The EFL Day of Action is a great opportunity for football clubs and their community trusts to come together and showcase the fantastic work that is taking place across the country.

“The Foundation delivers over 40 programmes across Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges including obesity, anti-social behaviour and unemployment. Our youngest participant is only weeks old, whilst our oldest is 104, so the impact we have across all sections of the community is unparalleled. We are incredibly proud of the work we do and the impact we have in supporting the region to improve their lives.”

EFL Chairman, Rick Parry, said: “Our clubs have always had a unique position in the heart of their respective towns and cities and it is important that we celebrate the work they carry out, which improves lives and tackles some of society’s biggest issues on a daily basis.

“The recent study commissioned by the EFL shows that clubs’ work in their communities is happening on a huge scale and starts to place a real value on this work, providing further insight into the impact of programmes provided.

“The hours committed by staff and volunteers at clubs, and community trusts, as well as the support from players and managers, demonstrates a remarkable commitment to improving lives up and down the country.”

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10 March 2020

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