Former SAFC chairman goes back to his roots

Former Sunderland chairman Sir Bob Murray has been back to his roots to see first-hand the impact of a youth project.

Sir Bob, a founder and chairman of trustees for the Foundation Of Light, praised the work of the Family Learning and Kickz programme, which was launched in County Durham last year.

The programme aims to provide sport related activities for 13 to 19-year-olds to develop young people's potential.

The project has now been expanded into Derwentside following a partnership between Derwentside Homes and the Foundation Of Light.

It aims to reduce anti-social behaviour, teach youngsters valuable skills and increase their confidence.

Kickz was originally developed by the Football Foundation, Metropolitan Police and The Premier League and uses the power of football to engage with young people in local communities.

"It's fantastic to see the positive impact that the foundation is already having in the Derwentside area."

One of the foundation's aims is to give people the opportunity to change their lives for the better and the support of organisations such as Derwentside Homes really make this possible by helping us into the heart of communities."

– Sir Bob Murray

"It was really generous of Sir Bob to come and visit the project and meet the youngsters and families that benefit from these activities.

He is an ambassador for the North East and an inspiration to young people."

– Geraldine Wilcox, chief executive for Derwentside Homes