Coaching the coaches

New clinics announced.

Sunderland AFC's Foundation of Light are holding their next set of 'Coaching the Coaches' clinics next week.

The Foundation of Light has announced details of their next 'Coaching the Coaches' clinic designed to help grassroots coaches improve the standard of play at their clubs.

Taking place at Farringdon Sports College on Friday 13th July from 6pm to 9pm, the clinic will be held by FA Regional Development Manager (North) Andy Foster and will focus on the outcomes of small-sided games.

The session will be a combination of theory and practical work, offering attendees the opportunity to learn specific skills and then see those skills put into practice.

Places at the clinic cost just £10 and attending this session will account for three hours towards FA qualified coaches Continuous Personal Development (CPD) time.

Attendees will also receive a voucher to redeem against a Sunderland AFC home game in the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season (fixture to be confirmed by Foundation of Light at a later date).

To book a place on the course, or for more information, contact Lynn Cuthbertson on 0191 5515315 or email

Jamie Wright, the Foundation of Light's Head of Football Development, said: "The Foundation of Light is actively committed to the development of grassroots football in the North East and these workshops are a major part of that.

"We work very closely with the Durham FA to ensure our tried and tested coaching methods are accessible to all grassroots coaches in the region.

"Our guest coaches bring something different to each session they attend, and I'd like to thank Andy for giving up his time to pass on his knowledge and experience to likeminded coaches."

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

The Foundation of Light (formerly known as SAFC Foundation) is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC which works with more than 40,000 people every year.

The organisation uses the power of football to inspire, involve and educate children, families and adults across the North East through programmes that can improve their lives.

Structurally and financially independent of the football club the organisation relies on fundraising for 95% of project costs.