BLACK Cats legend Kevin Ball was on hand to help unemployed people make the most of their lives.
The former Sunderland AFC captain and manager met with future course participants at the launch of the SAFC Foundation’s Back in the Game employability scheme in Peterlee.
The course has proved successful elsewhere in the region since being launched in 2009, with 50 per cent of people that take part in it getting back into work.
Now it’s available at the Learning Centre or Light at Peterlee’s Caterpillar factory.
Kevin said: “It’s great that the foundation runs this programme and gives unemployed people from this area a better chance of finding work and making the most of their lives.
“I’m proud to have been asked to launch Back in the Game in Easington and I hope that it’s very successful.”
Profound Services has recently joined forces with the SAFC Foundation, funding five Back In The Game programmes which will work with 100 unemployed people across the North East.
The Peterlee-based firm will also provide sector specific vocational training courses to those who haven’t gained work by the end of the programme.
Steven Ward, managing director of Profound Services, said: “We’re delighted to announce the partnership between SAFC Foundation and Profound Services which will enhance the Back in the Game programme and improve the work prospects of people across the region.”
SAFC Foundation, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year, worked with more than 40,000 children and their families last year in education, inclusion and sporting programmes run across Sunderland, Durham and South Tyneside.