Sunderland football club charity relaunches youth employment scheme

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A BLACK Cats programme which helps get Wearside teenagers fit for work is to run again.

Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light says it will hold the second of its Back on Track programmes for 16 to 19-year-olds after a successful launch at the beginning of this year.

Run with funding from Springboard, courses will last between 15 and 20 weeks and will give those enrolled on it the chance to get BTEC qualifications and the chance to improve numeracy and literacy skills.

The opportunity to get experience in football coaching, life skills and business administration is also available.

Allen Hall, the Foundation of Light’s Back on Track co-ordinator, said: “We were delighted with the response of January’s programme.

“The aim of the course is to provide young people with the skills, qualifications and right attitude in a safe, relaxed environment to help them find work using the power of football to inspire and motivate their learning.”

Liam Grimes, 16, who received a BTEC Level One in Maths and English through the programme, said: “I learned a lot from the course.

“I worked hard to gain my qualifications and it has given me a real sense of achievement.

“I’m returning to the Foundation of Light as a volunteer and hoping to complete my Level One and Two football coaching badges.

“I’ll also be helping out with the next course, so I’ll be able to share my experiences with those who were in a similar position to me a few months ago.”

For more information, contact Allen Hall at or on 551 5191.

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