Academy training facility

Dream day in store for Daniel

Father and son looking forward to visit behind the scenes.

You’ve watched the Lad’s out on the pitch on a Saturday, but have you ever wanted to see where the Black Cats train ready for the big game?

For the very first time the Academy of Light is opening its doors, and you will have the opportunity to train like the pros.

Sunderland AFC’s Dads and Lads Day, taking place on Saturday 23 February, gives you the chance to spend an afternoon being put through your paces like a true footie star for just £50.00 per father and son.

We caught up with Phil Hourigan who jumped at the chance to give son Daniel an extra special half term treat at the Academy of Light. “We drive past the Academy all of the time and I always point it out to Daniel, he’s been desperate to see how the players train so I took advantage of our first opportunity and booked in straight away.” 

Phil, who began attending matches with his Dad 34 seasons ago bought Daniel his first season ticket two years ago, “I hope to carry on the tradition with Daniel that my Dad began with me 34 years ago, taking him to all of the matches, and the Dads and Lads Day gives us a great opportunity to spend time together doing what we both love”. 

When asked what they are most looking forward to about the day Phil replied “We are really looking forward to getting a close up look at what is inside the barn. Daniel has ambitions and dreams of being a professional footballer; I am hoping an experience like this will wet his appetite and enthusiasm.”

Daniel already plays football four to five times a week for his local club and his life revolves around “constant football”.

He plays as a centre forward and is also a good defender so hopes the day will help him improve his skills further and give him an idea of what position he would like to play in.

Not only will you receive a professional coaching session at our fantastic indoor training facility, you will also be welcomed with an arrival drink, take a behind the scenes tour with SAFC legend Kevin Ball and end the day with a well-deserved players meal in the refectory.  

Places are limited so to book your place on this unforgettable day call the sales team now on 0871 911 1500.