Plans submitted for Sunderland AFC charity’s ‘Beacon of Light’ building

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A NEW home for SAFC’s Foundation of Light has moved a step closer.

An outline planning application for the charity’s new home – the Beacon of Light – has been submitted to Sunderland City Council.

The proposals for the plot, next to the Stadium of Light, include classrooms, a 4,000-capacity hall for sports and other community events, multi-purpose rooms and a number of floodlit outdoor junior football pitches.

The outline application also covers food and drink facilities as well as retail space, which could see it sell sports equipment, club merchandise or items linked to the charity.

The organisation moved into purpose-built accommodation in the stadium in 2004 but is now struggling for space.

The new plan is being spearheaded by former Black Cats chairman Sir Bob Murray, chairman of the foundation trustees, who said: “The Beacon of Light is an exciting project and would be a vibrant hub for the community.

“It would be a place that people of all ages and from all backgrounds can come together and realise their potential through the fantastic sport and education programmes run by the foundation.”