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SBitC gets coaching grant

15 October 2012

Sky Blues in the Community get grant to support grass roots coaches

Sky Blues in the Community have been successful with accessing a grant from Sport England to support coaches from local grass roots football clubs, who are members of the CCFC Partnership Club scheme.

The CCFC Partnership is an initiative to further develop the relationship between the Sky Blues Academy, Sky Blues in the Community, the football club and local junior teams.

The scheme provides a pathway for players, group ticket schemes and a number of opportunities for clubs to observe Academy training sessions through open evening events.

The arrangement also includes the John Bryan Coventry Minor League; which sees the Coventry City Academy and Sky Blues in the Community both sponsoring local junior cup competitions.

The grant of £8,875 from the Sport England Small Grant Scheme allows Sky Blues in the Community to fund a variety of FA courses for coaches at partner clubs including Level One and Level Two qualifications, youth module awards and  coaching disabled performers courses.

The ‘Sky Blues Coach Development Scheme’ will officially launch in November and will fund places on courses throughout the 2012-13 season. 

Joint Head of Sky Blues in the Community David Busst said: “The coach development scheme is a great addition to the club partnership portfolio. We are delighted to be able to help contribute to coach and club development in the local area and help drive up the standards of coaching and playing at the grass roots level.

“Coaching qualifications can be quite expensive, so we are really pleased to be able to remove this barrier to the coaches at clubs that also support our initiatives, such as our Player Development Centres, which have nearly 500 people attending every week.”

For more information on applying to the Coach Development Scheme or partnership initiative, please contact Shaun Pearce on 024 7678 6349 or email

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