Sunderland Foundation of Light Scholars are the first group to undergo Sunderland’s new football scholarship program, and vice captain Codie Howe has been impressed by the program so far.

When we asked about the scholarship program, Howe said: “I’m enjoying it, I’m playing football day in day out, it’s what I’ve always wanted to do really.

“You can work on the education side every day in the classroom so it’s really good.”

Howe spoke about the group of players and training when he said: “I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be to develop as a footballer, day in day out the training is as good as you could want.”

The scholars are currently undergoing a BTEC in Sports Science where they learn about how the body works and how they can maximise their performance levels on the pitch.

They were formed in September 2016 and their success on the pitch has spoken volumes for the program. The team currently find themselves top of the Midlands/Northern division table after beating Birmingham on Wednesday, and face Brighton and Hove Albion in the final of the National Football Youth League trophy later this season.