There is a new look to Coventry City’s Academy at the Alan Higgs Centre!
The Sky Blues’ Academy base has been refreshed during the recent lockdown period as part of ongoing work to add more identity to the Academy area, with the new look ready for players, families and staff to view.
From plain walls with the photos of Academy graduates sporadically spread around, the main corridor and the main entrance of the Academy have been transformed to an eye catching space in the first phase of the project.
Now, large images of some of the successful Academy graduates of recent years, including the likes of James Maddison and Callum Wilson, adorn the walls, inspiring the next generation of young footballers at the Sky Blues.
The history of Coventry City Football Club is also represented on another wall, from its founding in 1883 and encompassing some of the key dates and people over the years, to make sure the next generation are aware of the history of the Sky Blues and the footsteps that they are following in.
The words ‘Respect’, ‘Development’ and ‘Resilience’, key parts of the philosophy of the Academy, are also shown on the wall to reinforce these key messages and principles to young players.
Finally inside, the Coventry City crest is prominent in the area now, along with the 4 icons that represent the different aspects of the crest – strength, pride, the City of Coventry and the Phoenix rising from the flames.
Meanwhile, the previous entrance arch of the Academy has been replaced, with colours updated and the Sky Blues’ crest prominent again.
The graphics were designed by BlueChilli Design and Print, with the artwork installed by Moseley Signs.
Coventry City would like to thank all those involved, and the Alan Higgs Centre for their support.
Academy Manager Dan Bolas said:
“It is fantastic to reveal the new look for our Academy, which will help us to create an inspiring and professional environment for our young footballers to develop in.
“As fans can see, there has been a huge transformation from what were largely plain walls to now an eye catching and motivating area.
“I would like to thank all those involved in this work, which is important as we look to continue to develop the Academy both on and off the field.”
You can see photos of the Academy now in the gallery above, while the 'before' photos are below.