The Beacon of Light

The Beacon of Light is an innovative sports and education facility in Sunderland and the first of its kind in the UK.

The Beacon of Light is a strategic regeneration and skills capital project delivering significant economic benefits for Sunderland and the North East LEP area.

It features five stories of sports halls, football pitches, informal learning spaces and state-of-the-art education suites designed to facilitate four interactive zones — Education, Health and Wellbeing, Sport and Play, and World of Work. These areas have been carefully designed to deal with the region’s biggest challenges, and create life-changing opportunities for local people to re-energise their communities.

The Beacon of Light is creating a pipeline of work-ready, skilled employees for smart specialisation and priority sectors, using the power of sport and football to engage people with no/low skills, enabling them to progress on a journey from first steps learning to Level 3 technical skills, alongside developing the employability skills required by businesses.

Inclusive and easily accessible, The Beacon of Light acts as a community hub for everyone who wants to take part in exciting programmes to improve their lives and prospects. All proceeds from the Beacon go back to the charity, Foundation of Light, which improves the lives of thousands across the North East.

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Project timeline
2016 Pipeline

Start of feasibility and business case development

2016 In progress

Project approved and in construction phase

2018 Complete

Project open to public

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Project Stats
Employability and inclusion, Skills
Project Status
Project Location
Project Organisation
Beacon of Light Foundation
Project Funding
Local Growth Fund
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