Back on track

Popular programme is back.

The Foundation of Light has announced plans to hold the second of its Back on Track programme designed to help 16-19 year olds across Wearside gain qualifications and practical working experience.

Following the success of January’s course, the Back on Track Progression programme will last between 15-20 weeks and gives learners the chance to achieve several BTEC qualifications including Level One Personal and Social Development, Level One Sport and Active Leisure as well as improving numeracy and literacy skills.

I worked hard to gain my qualifications and it has given me a real sense of achievement

- Liam Grimes, Back on Track participant

Participants will also gain experience in other areas such as football coaching, life skills and business administration.

Allen Hall, the Foundation of Light’s Back on Track Co-ordinator, said: “We were delighted with the response of January’s programme, where we had an excellent attendance rate.

“The aim of the course is to provide young people with the skills, qualifications and right attitude in a safe, relaxed environment to help them find work using the power of football to inspire and motivate their learning.”

Sixteen-year-old Liam Grimes, who received a BTEC Level One in Maths and English through the Back on Track programme, added: “I learned a lot from the course and thoroughly enjoyed the 29 weeks.

“I worked hard to gain my qualifications and it has given me a real sense of achievement.

“I’m returning to the Foundation of Light as a volunteer and hoping to complete my Level One and Two football coaching badges.

“I’ll also be helping out with the next Back on Track course so I’ll be able to share my experiences with those who were in a similar position to me a few months ago.”

For more information on the Back on Track Progression Course contact Allen Hall at or on 0191 5515191.

The programme is run with funding from Springboard.