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NEWS: New dedicated Academy gym built thanks to donation from deceased Sky Blues fan

21 February 2023

Club News

NEWS: New dedicated Academy gym built thanks to donation from deceased Sky Blues fan

21 February 2023

Coventry City Academy have created a new, purpose-built gym at the Alan Higgs Centre, with help from the generosity of one late Sky Blues supporter.

Gerald Pearson, a lifelong fan of the Club, sadly passed away in 2019 and left funds to his beloved Football Club to support the Academy.

The Sky Blues Academy chose to create the new gym facility at its Alan Higgs Centre base, solely for use by the Academy players, and the contribution towards this from Mr Pearson has already had a positive effect on the environment for City’s young footballers.

Ryan Penny, Head of Physical Performance at Coventry City Academy, said:

“The new gym is the first time that the Academy has had its own on-site performance facility. With this, it significantly improves the sport science and medical provision that we are able to provide players.

“Our departmental goal is to develop strong, robust, efficient movers who are capable of progressing through our age groups and into the first team. Our challenge now is to integrate with the wider multi-disciplinary teams to aid in the holistic development of the players.

“Thanks should go to Perform Better who helped on the design and install in the gym, the Alan Higgs Centre for their support, as well as the benefactor Gerald Pearson for this as it is an incredible gesture that is appreciated by all the players and staff at the Academy.”

Coventry City Academy Manager Dan Bolas said:

“The development of our new gym at the Alan Higgs Centre is an important step forward for the Academy and its players, and what we can offer to our young footballers to aid their development.

“There have been a number of parties involved in this project as we continue to improve our Academy facilities at the Alan Higgs Centre and I would like to thank everyone involved, but particularly Mr Pearson for the incredible gesture he made.”


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