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NEWS: Coventry City increase player visits during the 2017/18 season to 540 hours!

12 June 2018

Coventry City have increased the hours of community visits that members of the Sky Blues squad have been on to 540 hours in the 2017/18 season.

During the 2017/18 season, the players took part in 540 hours of visits in the Coventry and Warwickshire community organised by Coventry City.

In comparison, during the 2016/17 season there were 465 hours of visits while back in 2014/15 it was 248 hours – meaning the number of visits have more than doubled in the space of just four years.

2017-18

540

2016-17

465

2015-16

285

2014-15

248.5

Player community visits are all planned and arranged by Dave Busst, Head of Community, and Mark Hornby, Head of Marketing and Communications, and supported by the squad and Football Department.

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 including the JSB Party.

Dave Busst, from Sky Blues in the Community, said: “I would like to thank  Mark Robins, CCFC players and Mark Hornby for allowing SBITC to facilitate these visits. The impact it has whether in schools or community groups is amazing and helps inspire individuals and groups.

“The accessibility to players and the commitment from CCFC to make players available has seen the number of hours and appearances double over the last 4 years.”

Mark Hornby, from Coventry City, said: “We’re very pleased to have increased the number of visits again, and is testament to the work from everyone involved at the club and Sky Blues in the Community.

“Much credit has to go to the players, who are real role models for the community whenever they make these visits – whether it is talking to people, signing autographs or having selfies, they are always committed to having a positive impact and really engaging with our community.

“We have seen over this season the increase in positive feelings around the club, and the Manager has spoken about the connection between the club, players and the fans. Getting the players out into the community is a vital part of strengthening this bond and togetherness, and we will aim to increase our player visits and presence in our community again in 2018/19.”

To see more about Sky Blues in the Community click here, 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.


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