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Working together to achieve happier and healthier lives

Our very own coffee shop inspired by Sunderland's shipyards and local history. It's the perfect pitstop for refreshments or an ideal place to meet up with friends, family or clients. It's also open every SAFC home game as part of the matchday Fan Zone.

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Matchday Mental Health Hub

The Fans Supporting Fans mental health drop-in service for football fans is run by supporters' group the Sunderland Branch Liaison Council and local charity Washington Mind, in partnership with Foundation of Light.

Drop-in every home matchday from 12.30-2.30pm

The first of its kind - a dedicated women’s peer-to-peer support group.

The initiative aims to provide a safe and supportive space for women to openly discuss their experiences, challenges, and triumphs. 

The free to attend drop-in group is open to all females aged 18+. 6.30 - 7.30pm and every Tuesday.

Our venue is perfect for any sports, exhibitions, conferences, dinners and much more...

Probably the most competitively priced football pitches in the North East!

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Sir Bob's book available at Beacon

Sir Bob Murray is best known as the former Chairman of Sunderland AFC and the visionary behind the Stadium, Academy and Beacon of Light.

But away from the Sunderland boardroom he occupied for over 20 years Sir Bob has built successful businesses, established the Foundation of Light to support his beloved home region and led a life so interesting that he’d do it all again

Sir Bob's autobiography ‘I’d Do It All Again’, will be available to buy at the Beacon of Light from 12 October.

100% of proceeds from sales of the autobiography will go to the Foundation of Light. 

Increasing skills and opportunities

Arriva World of Work Zone

Through our World of Work Zone we help employers, young people and unemployed remove barriers to gaining skills and employment.

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Sir Tom Cowie Education Zone

Working alongside schools, colleges and other agencies we promote a lifelong love of learning by promoting education through purpose-built classrooms, innovative teaching techniques and interactive spaces.

Beacon of Light School

Through personalised, inspiring and authentic learning experiences our aim is to nurture talent, build character and help shape futures.

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What's On

Student Discount

Student Discount

Date: Daily

Age: 16+

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Blue Light Offer

Blue Light Offer

Date: Daily

Age: 16+

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Soft Play

Soft Play

Date: Fridays 10.00-11.30 & 13.00-14.30

Age: 0 to 5 years

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5-a-side

5-a-side

Date: Daily

Age: All ages

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7-a-side

7-a-side

Date: Daily

Age: All ages

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1hr FIFA on Xbox

1hr FIFA on Xbox

Date: Daily

Age: 14+ unless supervised

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Badminton

Badminton

Date: Daily

Age: 14+ unsupervised

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Basketball

Basketball

Date: Daily

Age: 14+ unless supervised

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Table Tennis

Table Tennis

Date: Daily

Age: 14+ unsupervised

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Premier League Mini-Kickers

Premier League Mini-Kickers

Date: Monday football sessions 5-6pm

Age: 8 to 12 years

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Wear Together - Walking Football

Wear Together - Walking Football

Date: Every Thursday 12 noon

Age: 55+

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Andy's Man Club

Andy's Man Club

Date: Monday's 6.30-8.30pm

Age: 18+

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Space North East

Space North East

Date: Wednesday's, 7pm

Age: 18-25, Adult, 65+

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Wear Together - Seated Chair Exercise

Wear Together - Seated Chair Exercise

Date: Tuesdays at 10am

Age: 55+

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Soft play movie mornings

03 July 2024

We are combining two of our popular offerings for a couple of special summer holiday sessions.

Help Us Make a Difference

Every penny we make at the Beacon is given back to the Foundation of Light, to help tackle some of our region's biggest challenges including social isolation, unemployment, food poverty and poor physical and mental health.

Thanks to you, this critical community work can continue.

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