Some of the thousands of people who take part each year in courses run by the Foundation of Light attended an award ceremony at the stadium.
As Jack Colback becomes one of a handful of footballers to play for both Newcastle and Sunderland, we look back at others who made the move.
Sports Correspondent Simon O'Rourke was at Wembley with Sunderland fans for ITV News Tyne Tees.
Northumbria Police have kick started the season with a new Football Neighbourhood Policing Team.
The new NPT will oversee football-related policing in the force and provide policing support for local teams such as Newcastle United, Sunderland AFC, Gateshead FC and Berwick Rangers.
Dedicated officers will work with supporters and the clubs to meet the needs and requirements for all fixtures.
The team will kick off this weekend with the first Premier League games of the season when Newcastle meets Man City at St James' Park and Sunderland take on West Brom at The Hawthorns.
Officers will also gather intelligence and information to prevent disorder at matches and ensure a safe and enjoyable game for all to enjoy.
- Saturday 16th August - 15:00, West Brom v Sunderland
- Sunday 17th August - 16:00, Newcastle v Man City
Sunderland AFC have completed the transfer of 24-year-old midfielder Will Buckley on a three-year-deal from Brighton and Hove Albion, for an undisclosed fee.
Buckley made 70 appearances under Gus Poyet at Brighton, scoring 16 goals.
He becomes Sunderland’s seventh summer signing.
Sunderland have completed the signing of Will Buckley from Brighton for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old midfielder has signed a three-year deal at the Stadium of Light.
Buckley spent three years at Brighton, making over 70 appearances under then manager Gus Poyet. He becomes Sunderland's seventh summer signing.
Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell believes he 'wasn't playing enough football' at Manchester City.
The 23-year-old signed a five-year deal with Sunderland earlier this week.
Sunderland have announced the signing of midfielder Jack Rodwell from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.
- From: Southport, England
- Born: 11/03/1991 (Aged 23)
- Position: Midfielder
- Height: 188cm
- Premier League appearances: 101
- Premier League goals: 6
- International caps: 3
The Sunderland AFC Twitter account proudly posted snaps of their latest signing Jack Rodwell including one of his own 'selfies'.
Sunderland have completed the signing of midfielder Jack Rodwell from Manchester City on a five-year deal.
The 23-year-old failed to make his mark at the Etihad Stadium in two injury-plagued seasons after leaving Everton, and will now hope for a fresh start on Wearside.
No fee was announced by either club for a player capped three times by England, but reports put the figure around the £10million mark.
Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell is believed to be on the verge of joining Sunderland.
The 23-year-old has been reportedly spotted at Sunderland's training ground and the Black Cats are understood to be close to finalising a deal for the England international.
Gus Poyet has warned Sunderland won't wait forever to land their top transfer targets. The Black Cats are chasing permanent deals for two players who enjoyed successful loan spells on Wearside last season - Liverpool's Fabio Borini and Fiorentina's Marcos Alonso. Meanwhile, Sunderland's Under 21's have been at it again. The Black Cats youth team made the difference in last night's 3-0 friendly win at Hartlepool, just as they did at Carlisle 24 hours earlier. Sunderland's Head Coach was proud of his young players efforts at Victoria park.