As a part of the Academy’s Life Skills Programme and their Sporting Excellence Professional Apprenticeship course, the Coventry City Under 18 players hosted an event which raised money for a local children’s charity, Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice.
The players hosted an U12 football tournament with participants from grassroots clubs partnered with our Academy, who all generously donated.
From the support of those who participated on the day, the players raised a grand total of £832.68 for Zoë’s Place!
Zoë’s Place are a local baby hospice based in Coventry who provide respite, palliative and end of life care to babies with life limiting and life threatening conditions. They provide care for families and babies aged 0-5 years. The children Zoë’s Place care for require 24 hour specialist care, so a lot of the care the children receive is respite care.
This service allows families the opportunity to drop of their little ones knowing that they are in safe hands and gives the parents or guardians time to rest, spend time together with their other children or do simple tasks like go to the supermarket or the gym.
Zoë’s Place also provide palliative care and end of life care, where they are able to help the families through the toughest of times, helping to make the end of life more comfortable and support the family through every stage. For more information about them, click here.
Rapid Relief Team catered the event, and thanks to their help we were able to increase our donations to Zoë’s Place. Rapid Relief Team are a charity who provide support to those affected by emergencies, natural disasters, and homelessness, as well as supporting other charities such as Zoë’s Place.
Jay Groocock, Head of Education and Welfare at Coventry City, commented:
"The scholarship players at the football club with the help of Zoë’s Place and Rose Oxley (Player Liaison at Coventry City) were able to create a really successful community event as part of their Sporting Excellence Professional Apprenticeship course.
"This charity does wonderful things for really ill children and their families. I was very proud of the way the scholars conducted themselves through the planning process and eventual event. We hope that this now becomes a yearly occurrence and that the club can continue to raise money for Zoë’s Place for many years to come.
"Lastly, I would like to thank Zoë’s Place for everything they continue to do for the City of Coventry and beyond.”
A big thank you from Coventry City Football Club to all of those who participated in the event and helped us raise money for Zoë’s Place, so they can continue to provide much needed support and care for children and their families.