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NEWS: SBitC set for another busy matchday as the City host Scunthorpe United at the Ricoh

12 November 2016

Take a look at what SBitC will be doing as they're set for another busy matchday...

Sky Blues in the Community are set for another busy matchday as the Sky Blues face Scunthorpe, with a new disabled football project launched, funding for the Kicks project and kids from football courses taking to the pitch at half-time.

The community team has secured grant funding from the Wembley National Stadium Trust and the English Football League Trust to run a disability football scheme in Coventry and Warwickshire for the next three years as part of the Football Inc. project. 

The Sky Blues project will deliver a variety of sessions within schools, festivals, sessions in partnership with local community groups, impairment-specific sessions and creating opportunities for children and adults to represent Coventry City in newly-formed teams.

Stewart Goshawk, Chief Executive of the Wembley National Stadium Trust said “We’re delighted that the Sky Blues in the Community will be one of the 25 clubs benefitting from this new funding.  

"The Sky Blues already have an excellent track record working with disabled people and their new programme will increase provision for people with a sensory impairment or mental ill health and will start up new open disability sessions around Coventry and Warwickshire. It’s just what’s needed and we know it will make a real difference.”

Sky Blues in the Community will be joined by Coventry born Paralympic star Kare Adenegan to launch the project at half time on Saturday.

Sky Blues in the Community will also be holding a launch for the Premier League Kicks programme with the Premier League Charitable Fund Head of Community Nick Perchard and Dianne Williams from the Moat House Community Trust. 

The Scheme will receive £90,000 from the Premier League Charitable Fund and a supporting £30,000 from the Moat house Community Trust. The funding enables SBitC to continue its good work with the Kicks Programme by continuing to offer provision to young people aged 8-19 years old by Realising Potential, Inspiring Ambition, Developing Skills, and Creating Opportunities. Also showing support for the project is Councilor for Education & Skills Kevin Maton.

Meanwhile, around 500 children will be attending the game for free, having taken part in holiday courses, after school activities and player development centres with SBitC. 

Some of these children will also be lucky enough to take part in some unique matchday experiences at the game against the Iron, including a pre-match stadium tour and forming the guard of honour as the two teams come out. Also, winners of the Respect, Star Player and Coaches awards from the popular holiday courses will be showcasing their skills on the pitch at half-time.

For more information about any of the activities of Sky Blues in the Community, across the areas of Sport, Health, Education and Inclusion, visit sbitc.org 

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