Barclays Asia Trophy

Foundation coaches in Hong Kong

by Foundation of Light

Coaches represent Premier League in Asia.

Three coaches from Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light have travelled to Hong Kong, alongside the SAFC first team, to deliver a groundbreaking football coaching programme to youngsters and coaches as part of the Barclays Asia Trophy.

Football Development Director Graham Robinson, Assistant Director Jamie Wright and Female Football Development Officer Caroline Ames have travelled to Asia to be part of activity surround the tournament which features Sunderland AFC, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and South China.

Graham Robinson will be working alongside coaches from the other Barclays Premier League Clubs to host a six-day coach development programme for 50 grassroots and amateur China and Hong Kong based coaches.

Jamie Wright and Caroline Ames will be part of a team running a six day coaching workshop for 50 youngsters aged 6-11 years.

Both sessions will culminate in a sports festival featuring players from all of the teams attending the tournament.

Foundation of Light Chief Executive Lesley Spuhler commented:

“We’re very proud to be able to represent the region and the Barclays Premier League in Hong Kong through the work of Graham, Jamie and Caroline.”

“We’re very grateful to be asked to attend by the Premier League and I think that our team will prove themselves to be great participants of their respective programmes”

The Foundation of Light's Football Development Department offers player pathways from in-school coaching and after-school clubs, through to Elite clubs, development centres and Sunderland AFC's Academy.

Their own ‘Coaching the Coaches’ initiative aims to grant grassroots coaches access to some of the country’s top coaching talent to help them improve their players’ skills and enjoyment of football with Senior Professional Development Coach Kevin Ball the lead guest at the next session.

The department is also involved in international delivery with programmes running in Sweden, Switzerland and Spain this year alone.