Football Programmes

Football is at the heart of what we do.

For over 20 years we have been delivering football programmes across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham helping tens of thousands of children and adults enjoy the game and live a healthier lifestyle.

We have lots of opportunities to get involved in the beautiful game, so no matter what your age or standard, there's something for you at the Foundation.

Little Dribblers

Little Dribblers is a fun introduction to football for 18 months to 5 years and an ideal choice for parents who want to give their children a healthy and active start in life.

Little Skills

Little Skills is for children aged 5 to 7 years and familiarises children with the building block techniques of football, such as dribbling, passing, receiving and shooting.

Game Play

From aged 8, players are encouraged to take the next step into Game Play. This reinforces technique through match-like games where youngsters can apply their football and decision-making skills in more challenging situations.


Weetabix Wildcats Football Centre, run in partnership with the FA, gives girls aged 5-11 regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment.

Position Specific Coaching

Designed for 7-11 year olds, our UEFA and FA qualified coaches are highly experienced in delivering position specific coaching courses for youngsters.

Each session is delivered with an emphasis on improving technical aspects and put into pressure situations.

Girls' Regional Talent Club

Sunderland RTC is historically one of the best Tier 1 status FA Regional Talent Clubs in the country. Managed and delivered by the Foundation of Light with support from Durham County Football Association the RTC competes in elite competitions against clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool

Foundation Community Club

The Foundation Community Clubs offer young people aged six upwards the chance to become part of a team. Run by volunteers, teams train weekly and play in organised football competitions as part of the Russell Foster Youth League.

Walking Football

Taking place at the Beacon of Light, walking football is a great way for over-55s to keep active. The rules are running and have fun!


Player Development Centre

The Player Development Centres are for boys and girls who have shown promising skills and commitment through Foundation of Light’s Open Trials, Schools, Evening and Weekend or Holiday programmes and invited to attend advanced weekly coaching sessions.