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RT @KirstyLouiseSm9: Another excellent virtual session this morning @SAFCFoL Skills, Q&Aโ€™s with the coaches and great advice for the kids!โ€ฆ

๐Ÿ‘ Congratulations @Charliewyke1 on your hat-trick v @AFCWimbledon this afternoon. ๐Ÿ™Œ Big win for @SunderlandAFC onโ€ฆ https://t.co/kZ9Caufuq4

RT @BlcSafc: Reaching out for support shows strength .. Our virtual @SunderlandAFC match day mental health hub with @washingtonmind is avaiโ€ฆ

๐Ÿฅณ Many happy returns to the King! โšฝ๏ธ Chris Maguire turns 32 today, letโ€™s hope he can add to his three goals so farโ€ฆ https://t.co/LpVVwV0N8u

๐Ÿ”ดโšชโšฝ ...It's matchday! ๐Ÿ”œ There may be no ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” draw today but get your tickets now for Tuesday night ๐Ÿ‘‰โ€ฆ https://t.co/K7MkMG1HHM

RT @EFLTrust: .@RishiSunak thanks our EFL Clubs and Community organisations as we focus on providing opportunities for unemployed young peoโ€ฆ

๐Ÿชš Carving out opportunities for our young people. ๐Ÿคฉ Some of the handy work on show during our one-to-one woodworkโ€ฆ https://t.co/aYi4rfbyti

๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ Love this! Keep it up, Archie - but donโ€™t tire yourself out before youโ€™ve baked those cakes you promised everโ€ฆ https://t.co/3nVvGW5wIR

RT @KirstyLouiseSm9: Canโ€™t thank @baileywright92 enough! Such an inspirational Q&A session with Mason & the #FolPlayerDevelopment kids lastโ€ฆ

๐Ÿคธ Don't forget our PE and Dance activity sessions take place at 1.30pm every afternoon for kids - and parents - ofโ€ฆ https://t.co/JV81WkO3Bm

Great to have @LukeOnien on board as one of our @PFA ambassadors for the 2020-21 season. Your support is really aโ€ฆ https://t.co/y56R5Z0gfe

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Our star in stripes! Good luck, Austin ๐Ÿ‘Š https://t.co/mq4fZDOvdX

๐Ÿ‘€ Don't touch the jelly babies... @baileywright92 shares some superstitions with young players from our Developmenโ€ฆ https://t.co/Xobvs9iorH

๐Ÿ’ป #SAFC's @baileywright92 took to the hot seat as he was grilled by our Player Development Centre kids via Zoom.โ€ฆ https://t.co/CEfSH3WJTB

RT @BlcSafc: As we can't be at @SAFCFoL in person with @washingtonmind on Saturday, our virtual mental health will be available between 12โ€ฆ

๐Ÿค” Kids who are missing our football sessions have come up with a ๐™‡๐™ค๐™˜๐™ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐˜พ๐™๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š to stay active while fundraisinโ€ฆ https://t.co/rv2RLz3yCE

๐Ÿ‘ Thanks to #SAFC's Tom Flanagan, @LyndenGooch, @LukeONien, @AidenObrien22, Grant Leadbitter, @SandowRs andโ€ฆ https://t.co/ScILWxUsFD

โณ Over the last 20 years weโ€™ve hosted a variety of fundraising events, backed by a number a famous faces. In 2017โ€ฆ https://t.co/uHdBtKCpDe

๐Ÿฅฃ ๐‘ฌ๐’‚๐’„๐’‰ ๐’…๐’‚๐’š ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‚ ๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’ˆ ๐’ƒ๐’๐’˜๐’ ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘พ๐’†๐’†๐’•๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’™ ๐Ÿ“บ ๐‘จ๐’๐’… ๐’†๐’๐’…๐’” ๐’”๐’๐’–๐’ˆ๐’ˆ๐’๐’†๐’… ๐’–๐’‘ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐‘ต๐’†๐’•๐’‡๐’๐’Š๐’™ Families are encouragedโ€ฆ https://t.co/zwkPCjznmC

๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป We can all do our bit #StayHome https://t.co/1DOqRNmV7P

PARKINSON GIVES SUPPORT TO FOUNDATION STAFF

This week, as part of International Happiness at Work Week, Sunderland AFC boss Phil Parkinson recorded a special talk-in for Foundation of Light staff.

The clubโ€™s official charity has worked tirelessly over the last six months to support thousands of vulnerable people and families who found themselves at greater risk of poor mental health, physical inactivity or social isolation as a result of the pandemic.

From delivering food parcels to the most vulnerable and supporting local foodbanks, through to delivering online courses for people on furlough and providing befriending services and online activities for older generations, the Foundation has played a pivotal role in keeping Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham communities safe during lockdown.

Speaking directly to the Foundation staff over Zoom, Parkinson gave them a few words of motivation, โ€œKeep going. Itโ€™s been really tough. I know weโ€™ve had a set-back in terms of the government announcement but I feel like that if things get done properly over the next few weeks, things will start to look better.

โ€œFor me, cycling was a big thing during the lockdown. I found that a great release. I wanted to use the lockdown to get myself fit and I got up most mornings and went out cycling or running. I really enjoyed that and Iโ€™ve done a lot of miles.

โ€œKeep yourself engaged in interesting things like hobbies, keep yourself active and have a focus each day. Weโ€™ll get through this together and come through this stronger.

Talking about the importance of the club and the Foundation in the community the former Reading midfielder said, โ€œOne thing Iโ€™ve always done, wherever Iโ€™ve been, is make sure the players are playing their part in the community. Itโ€™s absolutely crucial and Sunderland is a community club.

It really is at the heart of the city; the players understand that and I understand the importance of the club in the community.

โ€œItโ€™s a huge honour for the players and myself to represent the club and weโ€™ve got to clearly understand that. Weโ€™re representing a huge club and a big city and itโ€™s a responsibility that weโ€™re definitely aware of and I constantly remind the players of that.โ€

Parkinson was full of praise for the Foundationโ€™s home, the Beacon of Light โ€“ a state-of-the-art community hub based on Stadium Park, โ€œItโ€™s an incredible facility. Iโ€™d been at the club a

couple of months and got invited down and I was blown away by it. Itโ€™s just amazing. What a great facility it is for the people of Sunderland to use.

โ€œItโ€™s a level above what you get at most other clubs, not just Iโ€™ve worked at but Iโ€™ve been to, and itโ€™s important that it get utilised.โ€

Making a Difference

The Foundation matters to our communities now more than ever before and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has, and continues to, support us.

Sadly, the North East has one of the highest deprivation rates in the country, with a number of communities in the Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham living in the top 10% most-deprived areas in the UK.

For those communities, COVID-19 could spell disaster. For so many we are a vital lifeline, helping thousands to improve their lives.

Donate today by visiting JustGivingย or text FOLFIVE to 70085 to donate ยฃ5

24 September 2020

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