Sunderland AFC charity helps young people get "back on track"

Foundation of Light

Sunderland Football Club’s official charity, The Foundation of Light, is giving young people a chance to get a BTEC Level 3 in Sport and Activity Leisure through a free course.

The course starts in March and the charity is appealing for 16-19 year-olds who are not in education, employment or training to get involved.

The Back on Track: Next Steps course will help participants improve their communication, maths and English skills, while working towards the BTEC Level 3.

Allen Hall, at the Foundation of Light, said: “This is a great programme for young people who have left school but are not sure what to do next.”

“Previous courses have proven to be extremely successful because we can focus on creating a supportive environment where the participants can also feel relaxed which well help them get the most out of the sessions.”

The course will run simultaneously at sites in Sunderland, South Shields and County Durham and is designed to prepare young people for work by boosting their employability skills and their confidence.

It is one of many similar sport and education-based programmes that are run by the Foundation of Light and the charity says that the programmes benefit more than 42,000 young people across the North East every year.

Those who take part in this particular programme will be given lunch money and will have all of their travel expenses reimbursed.

Everyone who completes the course will also be offered complimentary tickets to an SAFC home game as well as access to different volunteering opportunities.

For more information, or to apply, contact Allen Hall on: 0191 551 191 or allen.hall@safc.com

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