Month: October 2013

Development Centre partners Foundation of Light

Shildon AFC Development Centre, founded by Sunderland-based IDENTITYCONSULT, is delighted to announce that it has entered into a partnership agreement with the Foundation of Light – the registered charity of Sunderland AFC.

The Foundation of Light was established in 2001 by former club Chairman, Sir Bob Murray CBE, and uses the power of football to involve, educate and inspire more than 42,000 young people and their families across the North East each year.

Last year, at the same time as Shildon AFC Development Centre – which provides football coaching to Shildon’s youngsters from the ages of 5-16 years – was being founded by Shildon-born IDENTITYCONSULT Managing Director, David Dent, the Foundation of Light – in partnership with local housing agency livin – was opening an area office in the South Durham town.

With both the Development Centre and the Foundation of Light sharing many aspirations for the town’s young people, and the Foundation and Identity working together on the exciting Beacon of Light development in Sunderland, the organisations have agreed to pool resources in order to provide a variety of football and vocational courses, delivered by highly trained and experienced coaches and tutors.

The partnership means that Shildon AFC Development Centre will have access to the Foundation of Light’s professional FA qualified Sunderland AFC coaches, while the town’s youngsters and their families will also gain access to the Foundation’s state-of-the-art facilities at their Church Street offices.

Meantime, Foundation of Light intends to refer its young people on to Shildon AFC Development Centre courses and on to its junior teams, which should give more local people access to the Sunderland AFC Academy player pathway as well as access to a range of educational and personal development opportunities.

The Foundation of Light will be offering a ‘girls only’ youth club as part of the local offer for young people within Shildon. Plans are also being drawn up under the partnership to implement a local Soccer Kicks youth initiative which will provide additional evening youth opportunities and access to national Soccer Kicks tournaments.

The Foundation will be providing access to Family First Aid and Wider Family Learning Courses (Family Learning Through Football Coaching), which will help players and parents to improve both their footballing and general life skills.

The partnership will also see the establishment of a Back on Track programme, which involves working with local NEET young people (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), aged between 16-19, to achieve a Level 1 Certificate in Work-skills in order to provide them with access to the employment market.

In addition, the Foundation of Light and Shildon AFC Development Centre will be co-hosting Coaches Clinics. The organisations are also planning to host mini tournaments and community celebrations which will see Sunderland AFC mascots, Samson & Delilah visiting the town, and many play resources and Sunderland AFC-related prizes being made available.

David Dent spoke with enthusiasm about the partnership: “We are really excited about the partnership we have entered into with the Foundation. Our head office is within Sunderland and we are currently supporting the Foundation professionally within the city, but the partnership arrangement in Shildon provides us with a fantastic opportunity to make a tremendous difference to the young people in the town in which I was brought up, and I am sure it will act as a catalyst for the future growth of our Development Centre, underpinning the excellent work that the Foundation have commenced within the area. In combining our resources and networks we will I am sure achieve so much more.”

Foundation of Light Chief Executive, Lesley Spuhler said: “We have a very good track record of engaging communities and providing opportunities that can change people’s lives. Through working with Identity Consult and David we will be able to enhance our work and make an even bigger impact on the region.”

Junior Fixtures 3rd Nov 13

Date Age Group No Event Home v Away
03-Nov Under 7 League Spraire Lads v SHILDON
03-Nov Under 8 League Newton Aycliffe Youth v SHILDON
03-Nov Under 9 League Stranton FC Juniors v SHILDON
03-Nov Under 10 CUP N & S Ancients v SHILDON
03-Nov Under 11 No match No match v No match
03-Nov Under 13 League SHILDON v Brompton Juniors
03-Nov Under 16 League SHILDON v Dormanstown Juniors

U10’s continue with another win

Under 7’s

SHILDON  v  Ferryhill Town

Due to FA rules, we are unable to provide details of the result

Shildon played host to Ferryhill Town and played a very good game.  Plenty of goals were scored, with the Shildon ones by Noah Fawcett (2) Charlie Robinson (1) Sam Hopper (1) Xander Caygill (1) John Taylor (1)

Team – Hayden Dent, Charlie Robinson, Christian Robinson, Sam Hopper, Xander Caygill, Noah Fawcett, John Taylor, Charlie Brown


Under 8’s

West Auckland  v  SHILDON

Due to FA rules, we are unable to provide details of the result.

Man of the Match – Jack Leighton

The Shildon Under 8’s were away to West Auckland this Sunday. The game was always going to be a tough one. Shildon put the pressure on from the off, and gave West very little room to move. They passed the ball very well and had a number of shots at goal but unfortunately couldn’t find the back of the net.  As the second half got under way Shildon increased the pressure again, the quality of the football being played was outstanding. Jack Leighton managed to get Shildon onto the scoreboard with a cracking goal, a great present for his 8th birthday!  Jake Sharp in goal made a number of good saves.


Under 9’s

Sedgefield Youth  v  SHILDON

Due to FA rules, we are unable to provide details of the result.

Shildon U9’s travelled to Sedgefield on Sunday with only 6 players. This however only fed their desire.  Every player was outstanding and played some great football throughout both games.  For much of the time the opposition couldn’t break out of their own half such was Shildon’s determination and team play.  Cole Layfield scored the Shildon goal.

The team was: Jamie Donohue, Ashley Jardine, James Douthwaite, Micheal Gaffney, Cole Layfield, Kian Dixon.


Under 10’s

SHILDON  1  0  Darlington 21st All Stars

Scorers Kane Hopwood

On a very heavy muddy pitch, Shildon from the start tried to play passing football with some good coach work from defence to mid-field up to the forwards.  Having most of the play Ellie Geary was very unlucky with 2 good right foot shots that were well saved by the All Stars goalkeeper. As conditions worsened the away team defended well,at half time it was still 0-0.  At the start of the second half, Shildon had good passes and were unlucky several times not to score.  With 6mins remaining, again with good team passing, a through ball was pounced on by Kane Hopwood, who shot into the corner.

Good luck next week in the cup quarter final at Norton.

Under 11’s

Redcar Athletic Blues  0  3  SHILDON

Scorers – Callum Brown (2) Joe White (1)

Man of the match – Callum Brown

The U11’s travelled to Redcar and produced an excellent performance to gain their first win of the season.


Under 13’s

Brompton  5  3  SHILDON

Scorers  –  Adam Campbell (1), Tom Andelin (1) Blake Milner (1)

Man of the match – Chloe Geary

The U13’s travelled to Brompton with a depleted squad, but gave a great account for themselves.  Mid way through the first half Brompton took the lead when a wicked shot crept in through the legs of Chloe Geary.  A number of first half chances came Shildon’s way, but a combination of bad luck and good goalkeeping ensured Brompton went in the half time break one goal to the good.

The second half started with Brompton missing a couple of chances before Tom Andelin netted with a great left foot shot. Shildon had a couple of more chances to take the lead, but Brompton hit back with 3 good goals in quick succession.  In to the last 10 minutes, and Adam Campbell ran on to a through ball to reduce the arrears.  With Shildon now pushing for another goal, Brompton broke away and scored a fifth goal.  The heads never dropped though, and a great strike by Blake Milner reduced the arrears again.  There was still time for another attempt at the Brompton goal, but the keeper managed to clear his lines.

A really good squad performance with special mention to Chloe Geary who played well in goal and picked up the MOTM award.  The team have the chance to gain revenge with the return fixture next week at the scouts field.


Under 16’s

SHILDON  v  Darlington Youth


Man of the match