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NEWS: Sky Blues help launch Coventry as 2019 City of Sport

17 January 2019

The Sky Blues helped launch Coventry as the City of Sport for 2019 last week

Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy and Sky Blues in the Community’s Dave Busst were both in attendance at a packed launch event at the city’s historic St Mary’s Guildhall, which heard of a year ahead packed full of events to promote and celebrate sport in all its forms.

The Sky Blues will be helping launch the City of Sport as part of the Club’s Community Day against Gillingham on Saturday, 2nd February.

Around 12,000 tickets have been donated to schools in Coventry and Warwickshire, while there will be a range of activities available for fans to take part in pre-match.

Lord Mayor of Coventry Cllr John Blundell, and Coventry City Council Cabinet Member for Sport Cllr Kamran Caan, told the range of sporting organisations and community leaders in attendance that it would be a year to remember – not just a celebration, but a year that would help build a better, healthier Coventry.

The year coincides with Coventry’s Year of Wellbeing and is designed to help people across the city get more active and enjoy sport. Events will help promote physical and mental health and wellbeing and will range from celebrating top professional sport to park runs and Sunday league matches.

The overall vision for the City of Sport year is ‘to promote and celebrate, in every community, the benefits of sport and physical activity, and to be the catalyst for a fitter, healthier city in the future’.

Dave Boddy, Coventry City Chief Executive, said: “I was delighted to represent Coventry City at the launch of the City of Sport, along with Dave Busst from Sky Blues in the Community.

“As a significant community institution and a football club with nearly 136 years of history in this City, we have a key role to play in the City of Sport project.

“Sky Blues in the Community provide a wide range of activities to promote physical and mental health in Coventry for all ages, and that is an important part of the vision for the City of Sport and the impact it will have on residents of the City.

“While other matters around the stadium and the Club’s future at it remain regrettably unresolved currently, we will continue to work closely with our partners in the community to contribute to the success of the City of Sport.

“We hope that it is a year that will be memorable for the community and our fans for the right reasons, and that come the end of the City of Sport year we can all look back with real pride on what has been achieved.”


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