Foundation to get veterans back in the game

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THE Foundation of Light has teamed up with veterans’ charity Forward Assist to provide opportunities to those leaving the armed forces.

The charity arm of Sunderland AFC is working alongside Forward Assist to identify how the foundation’s programmes could be utilised to benefit veterans, and improve their integration into civilian life.

A pilot of the Foundation’s employability course ‘Back in the Game’, which boasts a success rate of 44 per cent in getting people into work, will run in October specifically tailored to veterans.

The foundation’s chief executive Lesley Spuhler said: “The Foundation of Light uses football as a means of helping others realise their potential, become more skilled and more valued members of their families and community, and to lead happier and more fulfilled lives.

“Our work with Forward Assist will help veterans in the North East get the most from our programmes, combining our experience in programme design and delivery with their knowledge and understanding of a section of society which is often overlooked.”

Former Royal Marine and Forward Assist sports development officer Simon Kristiansen said: “I hope that through our work together, we’ll be able to develop activities that improve physical wellbeing and mental health, whilst reducing social isolation, and much more.”

Veterans interested in taking part in the October pilot should email