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🤝 Footballing rivalries put to one side for the day, as kids from @SAFCFoL and @NU_Foundation enjoyed a bike ride t… https://t.co/3gVzIbcexL

RT @NU_Foundation: ⚫️⚪️🔴⚪️ For #InternationalYouthDay we've put rivalry aside for teenagers working with us and @SAFCFoL on a bike ride fr…

📍 From the @BeaconofLight to Tynemouth, our YOLO cyclists have made it! 🙌 A great way to showcase the work we do w… https://t.co/qK1vovoTK9

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🚴🏻 And they’re off... Youngsters from @SAFCFoL and @NU_Foundation begin their cycle to Tynemouth with… https://t.co/WORH5tPKvV

👏Great to be recognised - we're also grateful for the ongoing support of @VICSunderland and @CovenantTrust £100k h… https://t.co/kVwPAMwjTD

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RT @SunderlandAFC: 👏 #SAFC and @SAFCFoL have once again been recognised for their support of the Armed Forces by achieving the Silver award…

@BenCuth 😉 The weather gods have heard your pleas... Enjoy your day! https://t.co/PSToHSnSGq

👊 A rally cry for our YOLO cyclists from @mp_1825 Enjoy the ride. Ha’way the Lads! @NorthumbriaPCC x… https://t.co/sVbl6SbOlg

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RT @BeaconofLight: 😉 The Beacon’s canny alreet for a game of footy outside wi yer marras... To book ☎️ 0191 563 4777 #NationalMackemDay h…

RT @NorthumbriaPCC: It’s is going to be such a good day. Can’t wait.

🚴🏻 Big day for youngsters on our YOLO programme today as they cycle from @BeaconofLight to Tynemouth... 🔴⚪️⚫️⚪️ A… https://t.co/TPb3vS9sjR

😍 Always a fans' favourite when he joined us on our holiday courses, @DjibrilCisse celebrates his 39th birthday tod… https://t.co/9AVAzOHyTa

ICYMI ⏮ The initiative launched in partnership with @EFLTrust has been really well received.… https://t.co/SyQaLqwXQw

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RT @BeaconofLight: 🏓 #SAFC’s @Denver_Hume turns 22 today - if you’d like another ping pong fix, or if anyone else would for that matter, we…

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🎉Wishing @Denver_Hume a very happy birthday! 😎 Here he is repping our Foundation matchday shirt https://t.co/MwD8jGf5JY

🥳 Former #SAFC boss Roy Keane turned 49 today. 👏 During his time on Wearside he did his bit to support the commun… https://t.co/EFTo0pkiwF

Our Stories: Jay

Jay started playing with our Little Dribblers at three-years-old and now he’s a talent to watch.

Little Dribblers helps youngsters develop the physical and social skills from as young as 18 months and whist this is a great way to develop young footballers it also helps combat child obesity, improve youngsters social skills and helps with their education too.

Jay first got involved with the programme when he was just three years old. His coaches describe him as a ‘natural footballer’ who isn’t afraid to play with older boys, despite the sometimes considerable size difference. Taking to training sessions well, Jay always paid attention to his coaches and it was obvious that he was putting his practice in at home too, improving week on week.

His improvement was so quick that he was invited into the ‘Little Dribblers Academy’ training group to train with Under 5s whilst he was still in nursery. This is one of the steps on the Foundation’s Player Pathway which has been established to identify and develop stars of the future.

In the academy environment Jay has flourished and has since been identified as a ‘special talent’ by Sunderland AFC Academy. Now at the age of six Jay trains twice a week, once with his own age group and once with the year above.

He also continued to attend Little Dribblers sessions until he reached the top age limit and now takes part in other age appropriate sessions.

Jay’s fearlessness, enthusiasm for football and respect for his coaches has seen him develop a huge amount over a short period of time. He has also refused offers to sign for other academies out of loyalty and a belief from his parents that his footballing future has a better chance with SAFC.

Football is everything to Jay, since being able to walk all he’s wanted to do is play football.

He’s so dedicated, there’s never a time when he doesn’t want to come to sessions. He loves it. He’s made great friendships with the other children and come on leaps and bounds.

Even at school his teachers have said they believe football, and the strictness of the routine has helped him in the classroom. We are so proud of him.

Marylyn Brown, Jay’s mother

11 September 2017

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