Foundation links up with Port of Tyne

by Foundation of Light

150 teenagers able to get JSLA qualification.

In a successful partnership with the Port of Tyne, Sunderland Football Club’s Foundation of Light has allowed more than 150 teenagers to gain a qualification and learn new skills.

The Port of Tyne helped support the delivery of the Foundation’s Junior Sports Leader Awards, working with young people aged 14 - 16 throughout South Tyneside.

The practical course has helped develop self-confidence, self-esteem, and vital personal skills in communication, teamwork, and organisation through the context of sports coaching.

Working in four South Tyneside schools, 152 young people have taken part in the programme.

Susan Wear, Port of Tyne’s Director of Corporate Affairs, said:  “We are delighted to have supported this fantastic project and helped to give so many young people a chance to gain valuable skills they wouldn’t otherwise have had.”

Rob Grainey, Premier League 4 Sport Coordinator at the Foundation of Light, said: “The Junior Sports Leaders programme is a great way for young people to develop their confidence and learn skills. Everyone who took part has completed the course and gained either our JSLA Level 1 or 2 award.  Without the support from Port of Tyne these youngsters would not have had an opportunity like this.”  

As a nationally recognised qualification, the Junior Sports Leader Award provides a stepping-stone to employment, further education, or training.