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COMMUNITY: Deserving young Sky Blues fan Calvin's special matchday!

6 February 2020

Calvin is a year 2 pupil who attends Parkgate Primary School.

When he was a baby, he was diagnosed with Sturge Weber Syndrome and Epilepsy following some very prolonged seizures. 

Calvin is full of fun, energy and is a very active child who loves the outdoors. His dream job is to be a footballer for Coventry City Football Club or a Police Officer.

Recently Calvin has had seizures quite regularly and the school have had to call for an ambulance and visited Accident and Emergency at least twice a week.

Tracy Holt, Health Coordinator at Parkgate, said: "During all of the seizures Calvin has been remarkable and is fully aware of what is happening to him at the time, he cannot talk so communicates by pointing to his mouth. He is one of the bravest little boys and has had such a lot to deal with”.

Parkgate Primary School participated in our EFL Move and Learn +Sport project last term and as part of this, pupils are provided with the opportunity to attend a Coventry City FC home fixture.

Although this is for Year 5 pupils, we were able to provide wider opportunities for the school and invite Calvin to have a matchday experience for the home game v MK Dons.

Tom Reeves, Sky Blues in the Community's Sport Manager, said: “When we heard about Calvin’s story, we ensured that we were able to provide Calvin with a memorable matchday experience which included meeting players and walking on the pitch.

"I also had the privilege of visiting Calvin’s school and providing him with his shirt which we were able to get signed from all the first team players. We are so pleased to hear Calvin had a fantastic time and we are sure this experience will stay with him forever”.

Tracy followed on by saying: “When Calvin was told he was going to meet some players (his heroes) and go on to the actual pitch he was so excited and could not contain himself. As a family we felt the impact of this opportunity was extremely positive.

"Calvin continually talked about it before he went and had an amazing afternoon, a wonderful experience and a memory that he can treasure”.


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