Colback hails Open Trials

by Foundation of Light

Star heaps praise on Foundation courses.

Aspiring footballers from across the North East are being given the chance to follow in the footsteps of stars including SAFC midfielder Jack Colback.

SAFC’s official charity, The Foundation of Light, is holding open trials for boys aged five to 16 on April 14, 15 and 16.

The trials, being held at SAFC’s Academy of Light where current first team member Jack Colback developed into a professional footballer, offer aspiring players the chance to take part in coaching sessions and small sided games led by the club’s scouts and coaches.

Sessions will be running from 10am until 3pm on Monday April 14 and Tuesday April 15 for boys aged five to 11 and from 10am until 4pm on Wednesday April 16 for ages 12 to 16.

Everyone who takes part will receive individual written feedback about their performance, with the best being referred to development centres and the Academy of Light for possible further training.

Michael Havelock, Head of Football and Sport for the Foundation of Light, said: “This is a guaranteed opportunity for aspiring young footballers to be seen by professional scouts and coaches from the Academy of Light and to receive direct feedback and advice on their performance.

“For those who play particularly well it could also open the door to more opportunities.”

Jack Colback added: “The Academy of Light gave me the coaching and guidance to develop my football skills. People attending the Open Trials will learn so much and hopefully go on to progress their football ability further, whilst enjoying themselves.”

Places on the Foundation of Light’s Open Trials are strictly limited and entry is charged at £20 per person for one day and £30 per person for two days.  

Proceeds will be used to help fund the charity’s wide range of sport and education-based programmes, which benefit more than 42,000 young people and families across the North East every year.

For more information or to register call 0191 551 5191. 

Details are also available at or by following @SAFCFOL on Twitter.