Who we are

The Foundation of Light is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC.

The Foundation of Light was established in 2001 by former club Chairman Sir Bob Murray CBE.

We use the power of football to involve, educate and inspire more than 42,000 young people and their families across the North East each year through a broad range of innovative and award-winning programmes that can help change their lives.

The organisation is committed and pro-active in addressing the issues within our community, running programmes at specially designed classrooms within the Stadium of Light, in local schools, community centres and at bespoke outreach centres throughout Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham.

Our passionate, dedicated and highly skilled team includes more than 100 professional teachers, health workers, football coaches, family learning officers, youth workers and support staff. This means a very diverse range of talent, skills and experience, all united in a common passion, enthusiasm and drive to make a difference.

You can read more about our achievements in our Yearbook which can be downloaded as a pdf here

You can read more about who we are, what we believe in and what we stand for in ‘Foundation of Light: First Light’. Download a pdf of the book here

To read about employment and volunteering opportunities click here