Football stars of the future can hone their skills at Sunderland training camps

Teaching footballing skills to Year 8 pupils at Farringdon Community Sports College at a Homeless World Cup event run by the Foundation Of Light.

Teaching footballing skills to Year 8 pupils at Farringdon Community Sports College at a Homeless World Cup event run by the Foundation Of Light.

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SOCCER stars of the future can follow in their idols’ footsteps later this month.

Sunderland AFC’s charity, the Foundation of Light, is offering wannabe Rooneys and Gerrards the chance to hone their skills during October half-term with soccer schools from Monday, October 28, to Friday, November 1.

These include two–day and three-day courses for five to 14-year-olds held at venues including Goals Soccer Centre, Sunderland; St Robert’s of Newminster School, Washington; Jubilee Fields Community Centre, Shildon; Pelton Community Primary School, Chester-le-Street and Belmont Community School, Durham.

There will also be a session at Sandhill View Sports Centre, Sunderland, on the Monday and Tuesday for those aged five or over who have a physical or learning disability and their families.

For three to five-year-olds, the Foundation will host two-hour sessions at the Stadium of Light on Monday and Wednesday, with additional sessions on Friday which include a stadium tour.

Michael Havelock, the charity’s football delivery manager, said: “Soccer fans of all ages breathed a sigh of relief when England qualified for the World Cup this week, and we hope that these half-term soccer courses will help young soccer stars keep that enthusiasm going and develop their own skills at the same time.” Prices for the courses range from £3 to £15 per person, with 20 per cent discount on two and three-day sessions for SAFC season ticket holders.

l A full list of details is available at www.safc.com/foundation-of-light, tel. 551 5191 or email rhys.atchison@safc.com.