Foundation heads to Sweden

by Foundation of Light

Experts pass on knowledge to coaches and youngsters.

The Foundation of Light's international expansion continues after the club's official charity held a coaching event in Sweden.

The three-day course, run in partnership with Swedish side Villastadens IF, saw the Foundation’s expert coaches work with 60 youngsters aged 9-14 years.

Youngsters were introduced to practices, tactics, skills and strategies appropriate to their age group during the course.

On the evenings the Foundation of Light staff worked with coaches from Villastadens IF delivering ‘coach the coaches’ sessions designed to equip local staff with additional coaching expertise.

Giles Sandercock, football development delivery manager, said: “It was a real pleasure to travel to Sweden and work with such an attentive and hard working group of youngsters.

“The staff at Villastadens IF were a pleasure to work with and we hope that this is the beginning of a long lasting relationship.

“Courses such as these, whilst providing obvious benefit to the youngsters we work with, are also fantastic for the development of our own staff.

“By exposing them to different cultures, environments and so on they constantly have to evaluate and assess what they do to make sure it’s right for the youngsters.”

Des Allen, coordinator at Villastadens IF, added: “The coaches who came over were true professionals and great ambassadors for Sunderland AFC.

“The youngsters who took part really enjoyed the course and our coaches felt they really benefited from taking part in the coach the coaches sessions.”

Other summer trips booked for the Foundation of Light’s coaching department include visits to Spain and Switzerland.

All proceeds from bespoke coaching courses are reinvested in sporting activities across the north east of England.