Hundreds graduate from Sunderland’s Family Learning Through Football programme

Foundation of Light's Family Learning Programme culminated in a graduation ceremony at the stadium. Pictured are Stewart Proctor and his daughter Faith, nine from Silksworth  with the Assistant Head of Lifelong Learning, Michael Colclough.
Foundation of Light's Family Learning Programme culminated in a graduation ceremony at the stadium. Pictured are Stewart Proctor and his daughter Faith, nine from Silksworth with the Assistant Head of Lifelong Learning, Michael Colclough.
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FAMILIES who’ve scored on a football course have been rewarded for their efforts.

More than 300 families attended a graduation ceremony at the Stadium of Light to mark the completion of a Family Learning Through Football programme.

Hosted by the Foundation of Light, the course is a 10-week programme run in primary schools.

It uses the power of football to engage families in activities that inspire learning and achievement, develop and build new skills, and improve relationships.

Ex-SAFC player Marco Gabbiadini was on hand to present families with their certificates.

Among those who took part in the course at New Silksworth Junior School were Jayne Outhwaite, 40, and her daughter Ellie, 10.

Jayne said: “It was a great way to learn about fitness and healthy eating, but also to have fun with it.”

Ellie said: “It was really good. My favourite bit was making mam do silly things and seeing her fall over when we played football.”

Dad-of-two Stewart Proctor, from Silksworth, took part in the course with daughter Faith, nine.

“It was great to spend time just with Faith,” he said. “She’s really enjoyed being here today. We went on a tour of the ground afterwards and she got to have her photo taken with Sessegnon’s shirt.”

Michael Colclough, assistant head of lifelong learning at the Foundation of Light, said: “The sessions are two hours long.

“For the first hour, we work with mums and dads, getting them involved back in education and teaching them about the benefits of fitness and exercise.

“The second hour is parents and kids exercising together.”

For many parents, the course has become the first step to gaining a Btec qualification.

“You see a dramatic change in the kids and the parents,” said Michael. “With kids, you see some of them on the first week and they have little confidence or interest in sport, but by the end they are working together, having fun.”