Foundation has bumper year

by Foundation of Light

Club charity helps thousands of families in 2013.

Tens of thousands of young people and families across the north east are now benefiting from improved education, employability and personal skills, following a bumper year for a leading charity.

Figures in the Foundation of Light’s new annual yearbook, show that the charity delivered more than 2,700 sport and education-based courses in 2013, both at the Stadium of Light and through various outreach centres and schools across the region.

As part of these programmes the Foundation’s award-winning coaches have worked with more than 29,000 young people aged three and above, using sport as a way of encouraging them to be more active and sociable.

They have also worked in partnership with 26 special schools and units to give more than 2,800 disabled children access to sport and helped to improve the health of more than 1,300 adults through a range of sport-based initiatives and health MOTs. 

Away from sport, SAFC’s official charity has also delivered a wide range of education-based courses at sites in Chester-le-Street, Derwentside, Easington, Shildon, South Tyneside and Sunderland. 

This includes a large number of adult and family education courses, which have helped bring participants closer together, along with a variety of teen-focused schemes, which have been linked to a reduction in youth crime and progression into employment or further education for more than 97 per cent of participants.