Sunderland football club backs Olympic legacy scheme

Children at Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project, who could benefit from the Give2 scheme.
Children at Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project, who could benefit from the Give2 scheme.
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SAFC is backing a scheme for people to donate cash to continue the Olympic legacy and get more people into sport.

The Foundation of Light is supporting the Community Foundation’s new scheme Give2 which means every £2 from a donor can be matched with £1 from the Government.

Strategic Development Director, Ken Teears.

Strategic Development Director, Ken Teears.

The Community Foundation is a charity that works to inspire and support giving to groups and organisations to support community needs.

Now Give2 wants to create an Olympic legacy in Sunderland by donating to community groups to help get people involved in sports including judo, cricket, swimming and football.

Sunderland’s Foundation of Light charity is one organisation that could benefit from the Give2 programme.

It has a football coaching programme and a team called Making Moves which works with disabled adults and young people.

Community First Give2 logo.

Community First Give2 logo.

Ken Teears, development director at the Foundation of Light said: “The Give2 Sunderland Fund is a fantastic opportunity for organisations that are supporting social action through sport across the city.

“Having a funding pot that is there in perpetuity, and is not simply spent up, is a fantastic idea as it gives organisations a fighting chance of being able to keep their doors open to support the local community.”

Rob Williamson, chief executive of the Community Foundation, said: “Give2 is an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy in the Sunderland community.

“Following the fantastic success of the Olympics and the predicted successes at the Paralympics many community sports groups are seeing a surge in interest.

“By donating to Give2 you can help community groups of all kinds, including the local sports clubs that can give young hopefuls the chance to succeed in the next Olympics and Paralympics Games.”

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MAKING Moves is the Foundation of Light’s disability coaching initiative which aims to build inclusion, confidence and opportunities through sport for disabled youngsters and adults.

It recently expanded to incorporate Down’s Syndrome specific coaching and disability awareness sessions for non-disabled youngsters.

The initiative is one of the best developed of its kind in the country.

Just one of the charity’s programmes which could benefit from the Gift 2 scheme, Making Moves worked with more than 1,000 young people in 2011.