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FOUNDATION OF LIGHT
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RT @SAFCLadies: 🔴⚪️ DERBY DAY DELIGHT 🔴⚪️ The Lasses book their place in the next round of the FA Women's National League Cup after victor…

RT @SAFCLadies: 75' GOOOOAAAALLLLLL!!! Unbelievable work down the right from Brown, who turns provide. She cuts the ball back for Bridget G…

RT @SAFCLadies: Tune in and watch today's #FAWNL Cup derby with @NUFCWomen live 📺 https://t.co/8ODbyaV5bg #SAFCLadies https://t.co/nU0FQG6…

RT @SAFCLadies: ⚽ We get the second half underway! #HawayTheLasses https://t.co/On9WRtH64R

RT @SAFCLadies: Keep this going, Lasses! 🔴⚪️ #SAFCLadies https://t.co/2AmZpVO7V0

RT @SAFCLadies: 45' GOAL FOR SUNDERLAND! It's that girl again! Jess Brown turns home after a great free kick from Gibson! (2-1) https://t.c…

RT @SAFCLadies: 11' GOAL FOR SUNDERLAND! And it is a beauty! Jess Brown hammers the ball high into the net from range! (1-1) https://t.co/a…

RT @SAFCLadies: Here's how we line-up to face @NUFCWomen this afternoon! ▫️Mollie Lambert captains the side ▫️Katie Barker & Megan Beer co…

Still time to enter our #HaWaythekids 'keepy uppie' challenge but don't forget the competition closes at 5pm on Mon… https://t.co/MP0j2QlXYh

Today's winning #GrandinYourHand number is 0929. Thank you for your support 👏

...and that's a wrap on our #IAmTeamGB sports day at the @BeaconofLight. Huge thanks to @amytinkler2 and… https://t.co/addwjJ6I6Q

Our Head of Events Jemma trying out a new outfit courtesy of @NPSENGTEAM at our #IAmTeamGB event @BeaconofLight https://t.co/LtiMJPU2TY

From pups to pancakes @amytinkler2 has done LOTS at our #IAmTeamGB event @BeaconofLight THANK YOU for inspiring us… https://t.co/sUVCTZtPcc

Our #GrandinYourHand matchday lottery is back. Look out for sellers around the concourse to be in with a chance of… https://t.co/ZbcOm0mmq9

Great moves from our dancers earlier @BeaconofLight FREE family fun until 3pm #IAmTeamGB https://t.co/Dw6Zy30sXv

Inspiring stuff from Katie 👏 https://t.co/nJEPkJxcpy

Fun in our kitchen making healthy pancakes with @amytinkler2 at our #IAmTeamGB event @BeaconofLight she's good at f… https://t.co/79hjiUgYyO

Our History

2001

  • Birth of the Foundation: Founded by Sir Bob Murray CBE out of SAFC Community programme.
  • SAFC Foundation gains charitable status.

2003

  • Launched: Family Learning Through Football to bring parents and children together through education.
  • Into the community: Kickstart buses launched, heralding beginning of work with teenagers taking the Foundation into the community.

2004

  • HRH Countess of Wessex GCVO opens the Centre of Light at the Stadium of Light.

2006

  • Former Sunderland AFC player and Chairman Niall Quinn MBE becomes Foundation Trustee.
  • 100th school attends Learning Through Football education programme.
  • Launched: Pitstop education programme, working with at risk youngsters.

2007

  • Sport & Play: Football coaching courses delivered in Washington.

2008

  • Launched: Cestria Chester-le-Street outreach centre.
  • 1000th school attends Learning Through Football education programme.

2009

  • Launched: Caterpillar outreach centre at Easington.
  • Winners: Learning Winner for Pitstop education programme at Children and Young People Awards.
  • Winners: Kicks Club of the Year.

2010

  • Winners: High Sheriff Award for Great and Valuable Services to the Community
  • Honoured: Received ASDAN acknowledgement of Outstanding Practice.
  • Launched: Little Dribblers programme working with children as young as two.

2011

  • First international soccer camp held.
  • Foundation becomes EDEXCEL-accredited centre, allowing delivery of nationally recognised qualifications.
  • Sunderland City Council Strategic Partnership formed.
  • Winners: High Sheriff Award for Great and Valuable Services to the Community.

2012

  • SAFC Foundation rebranded as Foundation of Light.
  • Launched: Derwentside Homes outreach centre.
  • Winners: Learn Where You Are Award for Family Learning.

2013

  • Launched: Beacon of Light fundraising campaign.
  • Launched: livin Sedgefield outreach centre.

2015

2016

The Foundation of Light was founded with the aim of inspiring people to change their lives for the better through the power of education and sport.

Sir Bob Murray CBE, Chair of Trustees

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