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PUSB: 'From The Board' versus Sheffield United

20 October 2022

Club News

PUSB: 'From The Board' versus Sheffield United

20 October 2022

After each matchday programme this season, we publish the regular column from the Coventry City board on our website. You can read Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy's column from our game against Sheffield United below:

Good evening and welcome to the Coventry Building Society Arena as we host Sheffield United in the Sky Bet Championship tonight.

I would also like to welcome the players, staff, officials and supporters who join us from the Blades for tonight’s fixture.

Following on from Saturday’s excellent away win at Cardiff City, we are expecting another good game at the Arena tonight. The support in the Welsh capital was once again superb and I thank everyone who travelled for the atmosphere they created as they got behind the players and staff – I know that you will do the same again tonight.

Over the last few weeks, the future of Wasps Rugby Club and the Coventry Building Society Arena has been in the news following the Wasps Group’s announcement of their intention to enter administration.

This is a situation which we are following closely and we are in regular contact with Wasps Group. There are many good people who we deal with on a day-to-day basis being affected by this, and they are in our thoughts at this difficult time for them.

These notes have been written on Monday morning and, as such, it is difficult to comment too greatly on a situation which is currently ongoing and changing.

We did have a meeting with Coventry City Council on Friday, who continue to retain the freehold to the Arena. Those discussions were based on a shared determination to ensure that the Sky Blues can continue to play their fixtures at the Coventry Building Society Arena, as the challenging situation with Wasps and the Arena carries on, and I welcome the dialogue that we had with the Council and intend to keep those lines of communication open.

A number of our supporters will have questions about how the current situation will affect the Football Club, and I can reassure you that we will continue to liaise with the key stakeholders involved regarding this situation.

Last week it was excellent to see our players out and about in our local community. This month's squad appearances saw six players attend three Q&A's at supporter groups: at Bedworth and Nuneaton, Southam and also our partner venue the Sky Blue Tavern. It was great to hear about the interaction between players and fans, which has been such a key part of our success over recent years. Eight players attended four schools in Coventry alongside Sky Blues in the Community as the Sky Blues players met supporters in our local community, and the reception given to them from the children was fantastic. Finally, Jake Bidwell and Martyn Waghorn went to Zoes Place in Coventry, seeing the children and families there and witnessing at first-hand the work the staff do.

These visits are so important to us as a community football club. While COVID stopped this area of our work, fans will now again see players back in the City we are proud to represent and in our wider community, cementing the work that Sky Blues in the Community do day-in, day-out and supporting a range of good causes.

Thank you for your continued support, enjoy the game – PUSB

Dave


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