FROM Sunderland to Sweden – a charity has gone international to promote the benefits of the beautiful game.
Coaches from the Foundation of Light ran a three-day course, in partnership with Swedish side Villastadens IF, for 60 Swedish youngsters, aged nine to 14-years-old.
They also worked with Villastadens IF’s coaches to share skills.
Giles Sandercock, football development delivery manager at the foundation, said: “It was a real pleasure to travel to Sweden and work with such an attentive and hard-working group of youngsters.
“The staff at Villastadens IF were a pleasure to work with and we hope that this is the beginning of a long-lasting relationship.
“Courses such as these, whilst providing obvious benefit to the youngsters we work with, are also fantastic for the development of our own staff. By exposing them to different cultures, environments and so on, they constantly have to evaluate and assess what they do to make sure it’s right for the youngsters.”
Des Allen, co-ordinator at Villastadens IF, added: “The coaches who came over were true professionals and great ambassadors for Sunderland AFC. The youngsters who took part really enjoyed the course and our coaches felt they really benefited from taking part in the sessions.”
The foundation’s coaches will also make trips to Spain and Switzerland.