Coventry City have almost doubled the hours of community visits that members of the Sky Blues squad have been on...
During the 2016/17 season, the players took part in 465 hours of visits in the Coventry and Warwickshire community organised by Coventry City.
This is almost double the 285 hours the squad completed in 2015/16, while back in 2014/15 248.5 hours were completed.
Player community visits are all planned and arranged by Dave Busst, Head of Community, and Mark Hornby, Head of Marketing.
Visits made by players include to a range of Sky Blues in the Community projects across their themes of sport, health, education and inclusion, plus visits to other organisations and causes - such as the annual Christmas Hospital visit and other community events.
Sky Blues in the Community in 2016 delivered 31 projects across these themes, with nearly 19,000 participants and over 232,000 hours of sessions.
Dave Busst, from Sky Blues in the Community, said: “It’s a great achievement for player visits to have increased so much over the last couple of years.
“Whenever the players go on community visits in Coventry and Warwickshire, they are always engaging and active participants in everything which we do, as well as being brilliant role models and ambassadors for our football club. The players really buy into what we are looking to achieve with each of our sessions.
“Alongside the work which we do in the community across all of our themes and projects, it shows what an impact we are having in the area and this is something which is only increasing year on year.”
Mark Hornby, from Coventry City, said: “These figures just show the work amount of work the club and Sky Blues in the Community do in Coventry and Warwickshire, and we’ll be looking to increase them further next year.
“However, it is the massive impact of the community visits and the work of SBitC which we can’t really measure. Each visit and each hour of sessions and projects in the community, make a huge difference to the individual lives of boys and girls, men and women in Coventry and Warwickshire and this is something which we should all be very proud of.”
To see more about Sky Blues in the Community you can visit sbitc.org, while news of players visits in the community when they happen can be seen on the SBITC website, ccfc.co.uk and our social media channels.