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PUSB: 'From The Board' versus Hull City

12 March 2023

Club News

PUSB: 'From The Board' versus Hull City

12 March 2023

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 Hull City below:

Good afternoon and welcome to this afternoon’s game as we host Hull City here at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

I would also like to welcome the players, staff, officials and supporters who join us from Hull for today’s Sky Bet Championship fixture.

Today is our fixture in support of the EFL Together month. This aims to celebrate and promote the range of work that Football Clubs in the EFL are doing in the important areas of Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Access, and we are proud to be playing our part in celebrating some of the work that we are undertaking, often alongside our community partners, throughout the year.

It is important that we make our Football Club and the Coventry Building Society Arena a welcoming environment for everyone. We are all football fans, we are all Coventry City fans and nothing else should matter.

The Football Club, working with our community partners such as Sky Blues in the Community and Coventry City Women and Girls FC plus others, have taken steps forward in these areas over recent years and backed campaigns to help make football a more inclusive environment – whether that is for fans, players or staff.

We support national campaigns such as Kick It Out, Level Playing Field, Football v Homophobia and Her Game Too, backing their aims and celebrating what they are working towards in football and wider society. What we have to ensure is that supporting these campaigns is not a one-off thing that we do annually, post on social media and forget about until they next come around, but instead their principles become part of our everyday approach as a Football Club and as participants in football.

For example, over the last year we have held our first Disabled Supporters Forum, while the Sensory Room is now used every home matchday to give fans the opportunity to come to games in a safe and comfortable environment who otherwise wouldn’t be able to. Elsewhere, there have been improvements in the ticket buying process for disabled supporters too.

Coventry City Women and Girls FC, our partner club, continues to grow their teams and participants, and you will often see girls involved in our matchdays as ball collectors, flag bearers or doing a collection to raise funds or a skills demonstration on the pitch – as they did at half-time against Sunderland. Meanwhile Sky Blues in the Community, in partnership with the FA, have launched a Girls Emerging Talent Centre and have more activities involving girls football across their projects and schools.  We see more women attending our matches as supporters on the terraces and also working across the Football Club in a wide variety of roles.

We continue to support Kick It Out and Football v Homophobia in their work tackling racism and discrimination in football and society, and a key aspect of this is reporting of incidents. Kick It Out have an excellent app which fans can download to report any discrimination or abuse to them, which then comes to us at the Club. You can also report directly to us on a matchday using the number 07537 453 117 – this goes directly to the control room on a matchday and is treated confidentially.

This is an outline of the work we do and the improvements we have been able to make, with more elsewhere in this programme. It is important that we tell more of our stories in these areas and also continue to make the improvements which we as a Football Club can to continue progress, to make football and our Club a welcoming environment for everyone.

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

Dave

Dave Boddy
Chief Executive


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