Kevin Ball

Legend announced as guest coach

by Foundation of Light

Kevin Ball to attend special coaching clinic.

Former SAFC star Kevin Ball will be the lead guest at the Foundation of Light’s 'Coaching the Coaches' clinic next Friday for grassroots and up and coming football coaches.

The clinic will run 6-8.30pm on Friday 26 July at SAFC’s Academy of Light where Ball holds the position of Senior Professional Development Coach.

The session mixes practical application of coaching principles with classroom based discussions and teaching covering ‘how to develop potential into first team players’ and ‘playing out from the back and retaining possession’.

The ‘Coaching the Coaches’ clinic aims to improve grassroots football by giving coaches access to leading figures in football development. The sessions run every two months, covering a broad range of topics including behaviour, strategy and fitness.

Speaking ahead of the event Jamie Wright, Foundation of Light’s Assistant Director of Football Development, said: “We’re delighted to be able to host Kevin Ball at the next ‘Coach the Coaches’ clinic. He has a real wealth of information and, like all the best coaches, he’s never stopped developing his own knowledge.”

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.

The ‘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.

The session costs just £5 per participant and places can be booked by contacting Rhys Atchison on 0191 551 5077 or email