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RT @GedGrebby: Busy week for #ShowRacismTheRedCard: events at @NFFC @LaticsOfficial @SouthamptonFC @SunderlandAFC and National Football Musโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™Š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™—๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™ก๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ข ๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š๐™จ... โšฝ 4-day Football ๐Ÿฅ… 1:1 Coaching ๐Ÿค– Sphero Coding Club ๐ŸŽƒ Little Dribโ€ฆ https://t.co/a5OziqyiNj

๐ŸŸ๏ธ Although there's no home match this weekend you can still stay ahead of the game and get your ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” tโ€ฆ https://t.co/WMbQAuxK9F

๐Ÿ”ด Thank you to @SRTRC_England for joining us @BeaconofLight this week to host a special workshop for primary schoolโ€ฆ https://t.co/MXwxjEgry9

RT @SRTRC_England: #WRD21: ONE WEEK TO GO ๐Ÿšจ There is just ONE WEEK until #SRtRC's annual Wear Red Day on Friday 22 October! Do your bit aโ€ฆ

โ™ฅ๏ธ Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of our friend and former colleague Sarah Howell todโ€ฆ https://t.co/VjRBLrTDIJ

๐Ÿ ๐ˆ๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐’๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐’๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐š๐œ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐Ÿ-๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ โšฝ Football - Tuesday 1-3pm ๐Ÿ‘ Multi-sports - Thursday 10-1โ€ฆ https://t.co/Ekv20oAQzs

A @SAFCLadies debut in the ๐Ÿ‘œ for our @SunderlandRTC graduate @grace_safc ๐Ÿ‘ Congrats, Grace #PlayerPathways https://t.co/V4ZI3pKLYX

๐ŸŽฅ Highlights of our ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’๐’‚ ๐‘จ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’…๐’” ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’“ - #SAFC stars past and present meet HRH The Countess of Wessex and Sir Bob Mโ€ฆ https://t.co/fbaoGfcIle

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Last Friday's ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’๐’‚ ๐‘จ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’…๐’” ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’“ saw the official launch of our charity calendar, featuring wildlife photographyโ€ฆ https://t.co/83JAImmVHW

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™Š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™—๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™ก๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ข ๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š๐™จ... โšฝ 4-day Football ๐Ÿฅ… 1:1 Coaching ๐Ÿค– Sphero Coding Club ๐ŸŽƒ Little Dribโ€ฆ https://t.co/1XgKrOvRj6

RT @SinghJ1591: Fantastic event this afternoon with @SRTRC_England at @BeaconofLight . Huge thank you to @SunderlandAFC Scholar & #PLInspirโ€ฆ

RT @SRTRC_England: Our campaigns team are out delivering anti-racism education in Sunderland today! Big thank you to @SAFCFoL | @Sunderlaโ€ฆ

๐ŸŸ๏ธ Our next ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” draw will be when the Lads host Charlton Athletic in the league, you can get your tickโ€ฆ https://t.co/oyjX6WzqkT

๐Ÿ“ˆ Our ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” jackpot is on the up! It's now over ยฃ2,200 and will only grow ahead of the next draw whenโ€ฆ https://t.co/vuIBoBfROE

๐Ÿค— Little Dribblers Playgroup at the Beacon of Light tomorrow... ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Thursday 9.30-11.30am ๐Ÿ‘ถ Age 0-3 years ๐Ÿ’ฐ ยฃ3 eacโ€ฆ https://t.co/kppxQUWy4A

RT @BeaconofLight: โŒ Unfortunately there will be ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐—”๐—™๐—– ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ญ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ at the Beacon of Light tonight ahead of the Papa Johnโ€™s Trophyโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ‘ Weโ€™re backing @Womeninsport_ukโ€™s #TimeTogether campaign to encourage teenage girls and their mums to reconnect byโ€ฆ https://t.co/QDawaNi5DR

RT @sunderlandsmile: So proud that my #wildlife images are helping to raise funds for the marvellous @SAFCFoL charity with their 2022 calenโ€ฆ

WATMORE: FOUNDATION IS A WONDERFUL ASSET

After seven years with Sunderland AFC, Duncan Watmore is leaving for pastures new and following his departure, he admits that the city will always have a piece of his heart.

A regular at events hosted by the Foundation of Light, Watmore showed a great interest in various initiatives during his time at the Stadium of Light and was keen to get involved in community projects.

He moved to Wearside as a teenager, still studying at University but would go on to make 50 appearances in the Premier League as well as representing England during his time with the Black Cats.

“It’s crazy when I think about how far I’ve come from when I was 19 playing non-league football,” he told the Sunderland Echo.

“I’ll always be forever grateful to Sunderland for giving me this opportunity. I’ve achieved so much with the club, on a personal and a team level, and I’m just so grateful for them giving me that opportunity.

“Obviously I would have liked to have done more. I wanted to end my time at the club with promotion, that was always my ambition, so I am sad in that respect – because the club deserves so much more.

“It’s a Premier League club in my opinion. Everything about the club and the fanbase is just fantastic, and it’s just sad that I couldn’t end my time here on a positive note.

“It’s just been a brilliant seven years that I’ll always be so grateful for.”

After a number of injuries kept Watmore on the sidelines, the teamโ€™s loss was the Foundation of Lightโ€™s gamin as he spent a lot of time getting out in the community and meeting youngsters taking part in various schemes.

Watmore was also a regular visitor to St Oswald’s Hospice where he would happily bring signed shirts aplenty and chat with Sunderland supporters. He wanted no publicity, this was simply about repaying an area which had welcomed him with open arms.

“I’m very passionate about that and it’s always something I’ll do,” says Watmore.

“I felt that I definitely owed it to the community of Sunderland with everything they’ve given to me, I felt it was the least I could do to help the Foundation of Light and the community in projects whenever I could.

“I get enjoyment out of it, because when you can see people and you can help – and fortunately as footballers we are in a position to help – we have that platform to cheer people up and raise awareness.

“There’s lots of things we can do as footballers, so my personal opinion is that you need to make the most of that.
“I enjoyed doing that so much, because the Foundation of Light does wonderful work for the community and it was great to be a part of.”

 

Written By Kate Smith

22 June 2020

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