Sunderland AFC’s Beacon project will ‘light the way’ for pupils

Artist's impression of the Beacon of Light development.

Artist's impression of the Beacon of Light development.

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A CITY MP today backed plans by Sunderland AFC’s official charity to build a £15million education centre.

The Beacon of Light will be built on land next to the Stadium of Light and Sunderland Aquatic Centre, with work on the three-storey location to begin later this year and doors opening in 2017.

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott

The Echo reported last week that the Beacon is set to house a new “alternative provision” school to offer a brighter future to pupils and vulnerable young people, who are not performing well in normal classrooms.

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott told the Echo: “The Beacon of Light will empower people to take responsibility for their own choices and actions – encouraging people to learn more, do more and be more.

“It will allow them to change their world and the world of their families and neighbours – a succession of steady and gradual changes that write the story of social and economic regeneration in the North East.

“The Beacon of Light represents a fantastic opportunity – an opportunity for us to help others enact a great change upon our region.”