Foundation of Light’s Football Scholarship gives 16-18 year olds the opportunity to represent Sunderland AFC and gain nationally recognised qualifications through an intensive football and education programme.
Foundation of Light’s Football Scholarship is delivered in partnership with Monkwearmouth Sixth Form Academy, South Tyneside College and Shildon AFC, Boldon School, The Hermitage Academy and is sponsored by leading dispensed soft drink suppliers ABCO-Anderson Beverage Company Limited.
Match highlights and match reports feature weekly on SportsByte and are produced by Sports Journalism students at the University of Sunderland.
You can keep up to date with the Foundation of Light Scholars on Twitter at @FoLScholars.
Students will represent the Black Cats in the FA National U19 Youth Development League or the Regional College League against sides such as Chelsea, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.
The competition is exclusively for development teams from Premier League and Football League clubs, meaning the football experience is as close to Academy football as possible.
Home games are currently played at Sunderland AFC’s Academy of Light, Monkwearmouth Academy and Shildon AFC’s Dean Street ensuring scholars develop their football skills in first-class environments.
Students will train up to five days per week focusing their technical, tactical and analytical skills and fitness with full-time UEFA A and UEFA B qualified coaches, mirroring the training schedule of players at professional Academies.
- PERFORMANCE & MATCH ANALYSIS
Using footage recorded by SportsByte at the University of Sunderland, students will have the opportunity to watch back each fixture for detailed analysis with the coaching team.
- STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
With the physical demands placed on players in football and training games, elements of training place emphasis on physical development, transferring improvements from gym to pitch.
Players will receive advice on nutritional regimes that will allow for optimal performance to assist preparation and recovery from training and games, including guest masterclasses.
The Academic programme allows students develop the essential skills, knowledge and qualifications required to progress into a career in sport and leisure, either directly, or through higher education.
Students will study a full-time Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity Development (equivalent to three A Levels) under the guidance of the Foundation of Light’s expert Education Officers.
Classes are delivered over a period of two-years and a mixture of theory and practical sessions and assessed through external exams, observed practical assessments, written reports, presentations, discussions, case studies and workbooks.
The course is equivalent to three ‘A’ levels which means upon completion of the course students can choose whether to get a job straight away or go into higher education.
Scholars will also be given the opportunity to gain an FA Level 1 in Football Coaching.
Potential career pathways include, but are not limited to:
– Sports coaching
– Sports science
– Sports medicine
– Personal training
– Sports journalism
- At least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English (Grade 4).
Open Trials and Information Evenings
All of the information evenings are held at Beacon of Light, Stadium Park, Sunderland, SR5 1SN.
- Tuesday 11th December, 6-8pm
- Thursday 24th January, 6-8pm
- Wednesday 20th February, 6-8pm
- Monday 18th March, 6-8pm
- Thursday 25th April, 6-8pm
I would recommend the course to any young aspiring footballer wanting to play professional as without it I would not have achieved what I have. The quality training and game time gave me the experience I needed to accomplish my goals and pursue my dream.
The Scholarship has helped me develop into a better player and the education side gives us opportunities to go to university or even set up our own business.
The Scholarship has helped me massively. From a year and a half ago I wasn’t the player I am now. The coaches do anything for you to make you a better footballer and constantly give you opportunities to get into clubs and achieve your dream.
“The Football Scholarship helps young people become involved in sport, not only on a recreational basis but hopefully leading to employment or further study within the sports profession.”