Beacon of Light will be hosting a dedicated LGBTQ+ matchday fan zone with the help of the Premier League Fans Fund.
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.
Working together to achieve happier and healthier lives
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
Andy's Man Club
The group offers free-to-attend talking sessions for men, challenging the stigmas around male mental health. The Sunderland meetings take place on Mondays at the Beacon and provide peer-to-peer support for any man aged 18 or over.
Find out more on their Facebook page.
Fausto's is an independent coffee shop based within the Beacon, serving locally roasted coffee and fresh food. 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.
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.
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.
Date: Mondays 10.00-11.30 & Fridays 10.00-11.30 & 13.00-14.30
Age: 0 to 5 yearsFind out more
Premier League Mini-Kickers
Date: Monday football sessions 5-6pm, Thursday project groups 5-7pm
Age: 8 to 12 yearsFind out more
Foundation of Light is teaming up with 4Louis and Sunderland and South Tyneside Hospitals to help make a real difference to bereaved fathers in the local area. At 4Louis FC, it's not about football skills; it's about finding comfort and connection in a welcoming environment.
Cheeki Monkeys Baby & Children’s Market is the largest organiser of nearly new baby sales in the UK. Parents and Grandparents can buy or sell a wide range of quality, gently used babies' and children’s items, all items are intended for maternity, babies and young children.
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.Find Out More