History

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1993 – Founded as part of the Football in the Community initiative, as a department of Coventry City Football Club, managed by former Sky Blues player Barry Powell.

1997 – David Busst (current Head of Community) joins the Sky Blues in the Community team with fellow ex-CCFC favourite Lloyd McGrath.

2003 – Neighbourhood Renewal Fund grant received to deliver coaching in Hillfields to the Afro-Caribbean community for three years.

David Busst appointed as Head of Community

2005 – CCFC and SBitC relocate to the brand new 32,500 seater Ricoh Arena Stadium.

2008 – The Football League Trust is founded, which supports the work of FitC schemes across the country playing in the Football League. Four strategic themes are identified, as part of the new national structure; sports participation, health, social inclusion and education.

Sky Blues in the Community are successful with a grant application to the Football Foundation to deliver disability coaching in the community and at special education needs schools across Coventry and Warwickshire.

The organisation becomes a registered charity, becoming financially independent from Coventry City Football Club, governed by an independent Board of Trustees

2009 – SBitC achieve new Football League Trust ‘Bronze’ accreditation award
Warwickshire School Sports Awards, winner of School/Club link and Coach of the Year awards

2010 – SBitC start up a new Player Development Centre initiative, which provides a link between grassroots football and the CCFC Academy, which within the space of 18 months has 450 children aged 5-14 playing every week.

FLT Silver accreditation award received

2011 – Comic Relief award a grant to deliver football and independent living skills to adults with learning disabilities. Grant funding also received to employ an officer to deliver health projects, as well as a grant from the Football League Trust to deliver a 12 week healthy schools scheme across Coventry from 2011-14.

2012 – Funding secured from the Football Foundation and Barclays Spaces for Sports to deliver football and coach development activities in Radford and Foleshill on Friday and Saturday nights.

Funding awarded from the Premier League to become the 44th Football League and Premier League club to deliver ‘Kickz’ programme.

Organisation restructured with Guy Rippon and David Busst becoming Directors of the charity. Sport and Inclusion Managers (Shaun Pierce and Craig White) appointed as strategic leads under two of our four themes.

2013 – Five-year funding from the Big Lottery to deliver men’s health ‘InForm’ project. Hiedi Sloan appointed as third theme manager for Health.

The organisation wins a two-year tender to deliver a range of sport and physical arts activities in the Forbes Estate in Warwick to members of the local community of all ages, with the project entitled ‘Impact’.

Sky Blues in the Community shortlisted for Coventry Telegraph Community Project of the Year, at the Pride of Coventry Awards. Chair of Trustees Joe Elliott receives ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award for contribution to charitable work in Coventry.

Three years further funding to deliver and expand Premier League Kicks project. Kicks also nominated for Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport ‘Community Project of the Year’ award.

SBitC start a football and education partnership with Henley College, offering 16-19 year olds BTEC courses in sport and a chance to represent CCFC against other teams.

SBitC enter teams into the Junior Premier League as part of the Player Development Centre initiative.

Kicks Project wins ‘Community Project of the Year’ at CSW Sports Awards in November.

2014 – Awarded a health innovation grant to pilot a project in Coventry, promoting physical activity amongst young women, called ‘Girls InForm’

Involved in the consultation of a new sport strategy for Coventry (2014-2024) providing a strategic framework for sport in the city.

Sky Blues in the Community is a delivery partner organisation on two Sport England ‘Community Sport Activation Fund’ projects – one in Coventry, one in Leamington Spa – providing free and subsidized sport and physical activity opportunities for those who don’t normally have a chance to get involved in sport.

The organisation is one of eight football league club community schemes to be awarded a grant to deliver a healthy schools project in partnership with Ferrero UK. Targeting Year 5 pupils, this project will be delivered to 30 primary schools in Coventry and Warwickshire, engaging 1,800 children.

‘Impact’ project in the Forbes estate in Warwick wins the CSW Sport Awards ‘Community Project of the Year’ category. This is the second consecutive year the charity has won this award – which is the first time ever that the same organisation has won it twice.

2015 – Following the success of the 2014 pilot scheme, the organisation received funding from public health to expand the ‘Girls InForm’ to secondary schools across Coventry, addressing the drop off in participation amongst young women in sport and physical activity.

Partnership agreement arranged with Henley College to deliver a number of FA coaching courses to students and the wider community, with over 250 people estimated to become qualified coaches as a result of the partnership.