Football Education Programme Trials for 16-18 Year Olds

On Thursday 6th July at 10:00am, Sky Blues in the Community in partnership with Henley College Coventry will be holding trials for 16-18 year olds for the Coventry City Football Education Programme.

Sky Blues in the Community work in partnership with two local colleges in Coventry and Warwickshire to provide students aged 16-19 an opportunity to study a college sports course, whilst also representing Coventry City in a professional football club colleges league.

From a football point of view, the first team players for the college represent Coventry City in the National Football Youth Development League. This is a league that is only open to college education programmes that are delivered by professional football clubs. To represent Coventry City Football Club whilst playing in the league, the players wear the CCFC playing and training kit. The 2016/17 season saw the college teams compete against clubs such as Liverpool, Sunderland, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Birmingham. Sky Blues in the Community coaches who work with the College Academy Team are qualified UEFA B coaches and follow the Coventry City FC Academy syllabus.

From an education point of view, the education is as important as the football. Further education is a key time for students when they start to consider what they are interested in as a career. Being based at a college campus means that students receive all the support they need in a key time of their life. The Football Education Programme also has a direct link with Sky Blues in the Community and offers learners the chance to gain valuable work experience within the sports industry.

To find out more about the Football Education Programme click here: Football Education Trials or to find out about the sports courses on offer at Henley College Coventry click here: College Courses 

If you are interested in representing Coventry City in the National Football Youth Development League alongside your study, please contact John Woodward at Henley College via email: jwoodward@henley-cov.ac.uk 

Touch Rugby #InItTogether – Women’s Sport Week 2017

Sky Blues in the Community continue partnership with Coventry Bears’ “Bears in the Community CIC” to run Touch Rugby sessions for adult women in Coventry as part of the ‘In it Together’ project.

This project is funded by Sport England and aims to provide sport and physical activity sessions in an informal and engaging way, removing some of the barriers that prevent women taking part. In it Together gives women an opportunity to try out a range of activities on a weekly basis. All sessions are for females only and encourage women to have fun and socialise whilst getting active together.

One of the activities that In It Together are re-launching this year is a programme of Touch Rugby sessions. This was a highly enjoyed session last year, with very positive feedback from local women saying that ‘they never knew rugby would be so much fun’.

So, ladies, let’s tell you about Touch Rugby:

What is Touch Rugby? Touch Rugby is minimal-contact Rugby (no ‘tackling’ allowed). It looks very similar to Rugby just without the tackling, scrumming and kicking. Anyone can play!

Why is Touch Rugby good for you? It is a team sport, so you’ll meet plenty of other people and no doubt make some new friends. It’s suitable for women of all shapes and sizes. You will also improve your fitness and ball handling skills. Oh and it’s pretty fun too!

What do you need to take part in Touch Rugby? Not a lot! You can wear something you are comfortable being active in – we always recommend wearing a pair of trainers. You’ll need a drink too – to keep you hydrated.

Fancy giving it a go? Sky Blues in the Community will be running FREE women-only Touch Rugby sessions on Wednesday evenings at Longford Park in Coventry starting on the 5th July (6:45-8:15pm). If you want to sign up to take part in the programme, please contact Imogen Green via Telephone: 024 7678 6349 or Email: imogen.green@ccfc.co.uk

Sky Blues in the Community are running a variety of sessions for women in Coventry. Check out the In it Together Facebook Page to stay up-to-date with the activities on offer: http://ow.ly/p4Zl30cE72r

Look Good. Feel Good. Be Part of Something. Have Fun. Make Friends. Make Time for You! #WSW2017

Softball #InItTogether – Women’s Sport Week 2017

Sky Blues in the Community continue partnership with Coventry Blitz to run Softball sessions for adult women in Coventry as part of the ‘In it Together’ project.

This project is funded by Sport England and aims to provide sport and physical activity sessions in an informal and engaging way, removing some of the barriers that prevent women taking part. In it Together gives women an opportunity to try out a range of activities on a weekly basis. All sessions are for females only and encourage women to have fun and socialise whilst getting active together.

One of the activities that In It Together are re-launching this year is a programme of Softball sessions. So, ladies, let’s tell you about Softball:

What is Softball? Softball is related to rounders – it’s a fun social game which is easy to learn and play. Two teams play against each other. One team will be hitting a ball with a round bat and attempting to run around four bases. The other team will be trying to catch the ball that is being hit or throwing the ball towards the bases the team is trying to reach.

Why is Softball good for you? Softball provides a great opportunity for fresh air and exercise while not being too demanding. Instead, it’s a sport that will increase agility, reactions and concentration. Best of all, however, softball encourages new friendships and team-building. Most view it as a great social activity as well as a sporting competition.

What do you need to take part in Softball? All you will need is some clothing that you are comfortable being active in – we always recommend wearing trainers. You will also need a drink to keep you hydrated. All other equipment will be provided.

This summer, Sky Blues in the Community will be running FREE women-only Softball sessions in partnership with Coventry Blitz on Thursday evenings at the War Memorial Park (6:45-8:15pm). You can come on your own or with a friend or two! To sign up to the programme, please contact Imogen Green via Telephone: 024 7678 6349 or Email: imogen.green@ccfc.co.uk

Sky Blues in the Community are running a variety of sessions for women in Coventry. Check out the In it Together Facebook Page to stay up-to-date with the activities on offer: http://ow.ly/p4Zl30cE72r

Look Good. Feel Good. Be Part of Something. Have Fun. Make Friends. Make Time for You! #WSW2017

Premier League Primary Stars – Girls-Only Football Sessions #WSW2017

As Sky Blues in the Community (SBitC) approach the end of their first year delivering the new Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS) programme, girls-only football sessions have been one of the many successes of the national project.

The newly-launched Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS) project has been developed by the Premier League using the Primary School National Curriculum to provide support to Primary Schools in England and Wales. This exciting new programme uses the power of sport to engage and inspire pupils in the areas of PE and School Sport, PSHE, English and Maths.

As part of the School Sport element of the project, Sky Blues in the Community have delivered girls-only football after-school clubs at local Primary Schools taking part in the PLPS project. Sky Blues’ coaches delivered a progressive 6-week programme of fun sessions to engage local girls in football.

Since January, SBitC have worked with seven local schools to deliver over forty sessions to girls in Key Stage 2.  Sessions have included skills-based activities and small-sided games and have been very well received by schools – with some wanting to continue sessions after the initial six-week block of sessions had finished.

All schools who have worked with SBitC on girls-only football sessions have been invited to an end of year tournament that will take place at Blue Coat School in July to celebrate their efforts and provide some small-sided competitive matches for each team.  Sky Blues in the Community look forward to working with many more schools next academic year and continuing to help raise the profile of girl’s football using the PLPS programme.

Sky Blues in the Community would like to thank the following schools for working with our team this academic year on PLPS and helping to facilitate girls-only football sessions: Howes Primary School, Park Hill Primary School, SS Peter & Paul Primary School, Whoberley Hall Primary School, Provost Williams Primary School, Grangehurst primary School and Edgewick Primary School.

To find out more about the Premier League Primary Stars project, please contact Premier League Sport Manager, Neil Kelly via Telephone: 024 7678 6349 or Email: neil.kelly@ccfc.co.uk

Sarah’s Story #InItTogether – Women’s Sport Week 2017

If the word “can’t” is in your vocabulary when it comes to running take a read of Sarah’s Story. Sarah has been a part of our In it Together project women’s running sessions in partnership with “Run Like A Girl” since October 2016:

 ‘I can’t run’ was my most used saying when it came to talking to anyone about running.

I have always been into fitness, I was a fitness instructor and have always been a keen horse rider, having my own horses and also competing for other people but running had always been my nemesis.

My dad was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2015 and I have done various bits to raise money for Cancer Research, Myton Hospice etc over 2015/2016, like the 5km Muddy Run, Glow in the City et.. although it was more of a Muddy Walk as ‘I can’t run’ at this point remember!

A colleague at work approached me last year and decided to try and convince me that I should do the Wolf Run with him, my instant response? ‘No, thank you’ but then I started to think why no? Life’s too short for no, so, I decided to set myself a challenge and enter the Summer Wolf Run! At this point I panicked and wondered what to do next. I had heard of ‘Run Like a Girl’ but didn’t really know very much about it all so I looked into it further and signed up for the first beginners group in October 2016.

I turned up on week one wondering what I had done, ‘I can’t run’ was still stuck firmly in my mind. As the weeks went on I started to change my mind-set and when we hit weeks 4 and the 5 I really started to believe that I could do this, I might actually be able to run for 30 minutes. Week 8 came and I did it!! I can run after all I thought.

When the beginners course finished I asked one of the other running leaders whether I could become a running leader to help with the next beginners group. I was welcomed into the team with great enthusiasm and here I am now, still a running leader having now helped another group of ladies through the same emotions that I went through and now helping with the improvers group which I great.

I sadly lost my dad the week before the Wolf Run this year but somehow kept my focus and determination and completed it in 1 hour 40 minutes, now in memory of my dad which kept me going. The course turned out to be 13.2km which for me is a huge achievement and I feel really rather proud! I have one more challenge left this year, a 10km road run in July. I currently have just over £1550 for Cancer Research and that figure is still rising.

None of this would have been possible without the support and kick start that I have had from Run Like a Girl and Sky Blues in the Community so I am eternally grateful to everyone involved for making me believe that I could turn ‘I can’t’ into ‘I can’. If I can do it, you can do it. Don’t give up, set a goal and reach for it.

Sky Blues in the Community have partnered with ‘Run Like a Girl’ to provide beginners running courses in Coventry for local women as part of the ‘In It Together’ project.

Supported by funding from Sport England, ‘In It Together’ is focused on getting women and teenage girls in Coventry active through a variety of sporting activities. Run Like a Girl (RLAG) was set up in 2015, to give women the opportunity to get active through running, in a safe and supportive environment – an ethos that aligns perfectly with the In It Together project.

A typical course costs just £12 for 8 weeks and sees women take part in a structured programme at the War Memorial Park, following the ‘Couch to 5K’ programme. So far, hundreds of women have benefited from attending the course – inspiring many to run on a regular basis.

A new beginner’s running course will be starting this summer, so keep an eye out on our Facebook Page for more information to be released soon: http://ow.ly/SKGD30cE1Zq

Alternatively, if running really isn’t your thing, take a look at all of the other sessions that take place as part of the In it Together project via the Sky Blues in the Community website: http://ow.ly/DXHA30cE27U

Look Good. Feel Good. Be Part of Something. Have Fun. Make Friends. Make Time for You! #WSW2017

Netball #InItTogether – Women’s Sport Week 2017

Sky Blues in the Community launch adult women’s Netball sessions as part of the In it Together project in Coventry.

This project is funded by Sport England and aims to provide sport and physical activity sessions in an informal and engaging way, removing some of the barriers that prevent women taking part. In it Together gives women an opportunity to try out a range of activities on a weekly basis. All sessions are for females only and encourage women to have fun and socialise whilst getting active together

If you have ever thought about giving Netball a go, used to play and after all those year of not playing you want to get back into it or simply want to play more, Sky Blues in the Community are offering a 10-week programme of FREE Netball sessions for women in Coventry. This for all abilities to get involved in!

What is Netball? Netball is a team sport played with 7 players on each team. The game was adapted from Basketball back in the 1890s. Games are played with raised rings at each end of a court and each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through the ring. Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court.

Why is Netball good for me? Netball is a high energy sport giving you a great workout every time (it can also be played at walking speed too). Being a team sport, it promotes working together. It can help increase your confidence and is a great way to socialise with friends and can even help you make new friends too.

What do you need to take part in Netball? All you will need is some clothing that you are comfortable being active in – we always recommend wearing trainers. You will also need a drink to keep you hydrated. All other equipment will be provided.

So, if you are interested in joining the Sky blues in the Community 10-week Netball programme, it will be starting on Thursday 6th July, 6:45-8:15pm based at Blue Coat School in the main sports hall. Like all of our ‘In it Together’ sessions, we allow the 15 minutes before and after the 1 hour session for socialising as our sessions aren’t just about being active but being part of a community of likeminded women.

Places on the programme will be limited, so if you’re interested, sign up by contacting Imogen Green via Telephone: 024 7678 6349 or Email: imogen.green@ccfc.co.uk

Sky Blues in the Community are running a variety of sessions for women in Coventry. Check out the In it Together Facebook Page to stay up-to-date with the activities on offer: http://ow.ly/p4Zl30cE72r

Look Good. Feel Good. Be Part of Something. Have Fun. Make Friends. Make Time for You! #WSW2017

Success Story – RLAG Graduate completes Manchester 10K!

Sky Blues in the Community have now run 3 successful beginners running courses for women in Coventry in partnership with Run Like a Girl (RLAG) as part of our In It Together project. A typical course costs just £12 for 8 weeks and sees women take part in a structured programme at the War Memorial Park, following the ‘Couch to 5K’ programme.

So far, hundreds of women have benefited from attending the courses – inspiring many to run on a regular basis. Naomi graduated from our beginners course in January and has used it as a spring-board to completing her first 10K race.

Naomi – “I started running on my own back in October last year, as my husband is a keen runner and I really wanted to get fit! Although I enjoyed it I found it hard and was disappointed that I was walking more than running.

Around Christmas my mum saw an advert for a new beginners running group that was starting in Coventry. It was being organised by Run like a Girl (RLAG) and In It Together and asked if I’d go along with her. The first few weeks were hard but it was amazing how quickly we improved and how much we enjoyed it.

I was so happy that we both completed the course and was keen to keep my motivation from slipping. Whilst on holiday I read a book called “Running like a girl” by Alexandra Hemminsley which suggested booking different events so that you have something to train for.

After looking for different events I settled on the Great Manchester Run as it was in 6 weeks time, which gave me plenty of time to prepare. I decided to run for the Alzheimer’s Society as both of my Grandfathers had Alzheimer’s/Dementia. This was a really big motivation for me.

I used a training plan in the Women’s Running magazine and followed that for a few weeks but found that I wasn’t improving as much as I wanted to so I just upped my running distance slightly each time I ran, something that I’d learned from following the RLAG course.

The big day arrived and I was a bag of nerves but excited too. The run was amazing with crowds of people cheering everyone on! I feel so proud to be able to run and am already planning another event!”

Run Like a Girl (RLAG) was set up in 2015, to give women the opportunity to get active through running, in a safe and supportive environment – an ethos that aligns perfectly with the In It Together (IIT) project. Funded by Sport England, IIT is focused on getting women and teenage girls in Coventry active through a variety of sporting activities.

Moving forwards, Sky Blues in the Community (with the support of Run Like a Girl) are looking to set up more and more running groups in Coventry. We also run weekly fitness sessions for women in Coventry who are looking to get active. The weekly In It Together sessions are fun, friendly and FREE – there is no commitment and they take place at community venues across the city. You can view the full timetable HERE.

During the summer months the In It Together project also plans to run “taster” sessions of various sports, these were hugely popular last summer with local women enjoying sessions of rugby, softball and golf.

To find out more about any of our sessions, please contact Health Manager Kimberley Dougherty via telephone: 024 7678 6314 or email: kim.dougherty@ccfc.co.uk

Checkatrade Trophy Visits Wembley National Stadium Trust Project

The Wembley National Stadium Trust project is part of a 3-year funding cycle received from the English Football League Trust (EFL Trust), enabling Sky Blues in the Community to deliver specialist school, community group and team disability football sessions. The project has great links to partners such as Birmingham County FA, SEND Active, Birmingham Ability Counts League and local community groups.

Since September 2016, as part of the Wembley National Stadium Trust project, schools educating young people with either a physical or mental disability have had the opportunity to benefit from free after school club football delivery over a 36-week period.

During May 2017, to celebrate and give recognition to some of the schools involved in the project, Coventry City FC and Sky Blues in the Community arranged for the Checkatrade Trophy to visit children and young people at these schools.

At the visits, children and young people had the chance to touch and get close to the Checkatrade Trophy as well as having their photograph taken with it. This was a fantastic experience for both young people and staff alike with the trophy being warmly greeted and appreciated across the schools.

Sue Backhouse, Assistant Head (Enrichment) at Round Oak School, Support Service and Sports College said: It was with great excitement that both staff and students at Round Oak School awaiting Anthony Charles with the famous Checkatrade Trophy won by Coventry City FC at Wembley. Anthony kindly transported the trophy around most of the classes in school. Our students were amazed by the size of the trophy not to mention the weight! For all students, it was a great experience to see it ‘in real life’! For some students, it was a very emotional experience! It prompted a very valuable discussion around pride in ourselves”

“Our very sincere thanks to Anthony and Sky Blues in the Community for arranging this wonderful visit.”

Many schools and young people will continue to benefit from the Wembley National Stadium Trust project throughout this term, allowing them to continue enjoy free football coaching from the Sky Blues in the Community.

To find out more about Sky Blues in the Community’s disability focused work, please contact Inclusion Coordinator, Sam Flatley via telephone: 024 7678 6313 or email: sam.flatley@ccfc.co.uk

Player Development Centre Open Trials

Sky Blues in the Community will be holding open trials for the Player Development Centre scheme in May 2017.

The Player Development Centre initiative offers advanced football coaching with a technical and tactical focus for children of all footballing abilities and experiences.

The overriding mission statement for SBitC Player Development Centres is ‘To provide high quality coaching and a positive coaching environment to support players in reaching their potential’. We achieve this by providing a positive learning environment that focusses on each individual player, rather than team results.

We understand that all players are different, which is why we follow the FA ‘Four Corner Model’, which looks at the whole player including: Technical/Tactical, Physical, Social and Physiological areas of their game. We don’t promise that players involved in our PDCs will become professional footballers, but what we do guarantee is a high quality coaching environment that improves the technical and tactical understanding of those who attend.

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There are a number of people and organisations that offer advanced football coaching, from individuals through to international companies. Here are a few benefits and reasons why people choose Sky Blues in the Community Development Centres:

The Organisation

  • We are a registered charity, therefore a not-for-profit organisation. This means that all costs involved in our PDCs cover the costs of running the centre, rather than begin focussed on making profit
  • We are formally a department of Coventry City Football Club that became a registered charity in 2008. All of our work is on behalf of CCFC in the Coventry and Warwickshire community

Coventry City

We offer a number of unique opportunities with the local professional football club; opportunities that you will not experience anywhere else, including:

  • PDC players being ball boys for every Coventry City home fixture
  • Opportunity for some players to play on the Ricoh Arena pitch during a half-time match day showcase
  • Free ticket vouchers for selected Coventry City home fixtures
  • Friendly games, training and trial arrangements with full CCFC Academy

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The Coaches, Coaching and Facilities

  • 19 UEFA B qualified coaches working on our PDCs – a course which takes up to a year to obtain
  • Our coaching curriculum is based on the Coventry City Academy curriculum, ensuring the best coaching drills from the best coaches, in a structured and progressive way
  • Specialist goalkeeper training, with FA qualified GK coaches
  • Optional additional training nights including Speed, Agility and Quickness workshops
  • Player Assessments – mid-year and end of season reports, with personal development plan for each player providing areas of focus over the season
  • Optional Futsal coaching sessions providing an even greater focus on touch, close control and skill development
  • All our staff are FA Licensed coaches, meaning they have to maintain coaching, first aid and safeguarding qualifications
  • All training takes place on high quality 3G artificial grass pitches
  • Player pathway from Under 6 through to Under 16 age groups
  • Football Education BTEC qualifications available for post-16 players interested in a career in coaching or the sports industry, in partnership with Henley College (Coventry) and Warwickshire College

The Games Programme

  • 14 teams from Under 10 to Under 16s playing in the Junior Premier League and Midlands Junior Premier League representing Coventry City
  • School holiday fixture programme against other professional football clubs including Walsall, Northampton and MK Dons
  • All teams playing in these leagues come under our FA Charter Standard quality accreditation

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The Success Stories

  • Over 500 players involved in our PDC programme playing every week
  • Over 350 players having professional club Academy trials since PDCs started in 2010 – an average of 50 players a year
  • Over 60 players signing professional contracts with Academies – an average of 10 each year
  • Over 50 players playing or training with the Coventry City Academy during the 2015/16 season alone
  • 20 players signing professional academy contracts during the 2016/17 season season
  • 100’s of young players every year enjoying themselves and improving their skills and personal development

Information on the trials can be found by clicking the image below:

To register a player for the forthcoming trials, please download the following application form Application Form 2017-2 and email it to shaun.pierce@ccfc.co.uk

 

SBitC Launch New All-Girls Football Sessions

SBItC are excited to launch a brand-new weekly girls football session in-line with the F. A’s “Game Plan for Growth” initiative. The initiative was recently announced by the F.A. with the aim of doubling the number of women and girls participating in football by 2020.
SBitC are keen to play their part in the initiative and currently provide free after school football sessions for girls as part of the Premier League Primary Stars project, as well as free after school sessions for secondary school age girls under the Premier League Girls Football program.

The new weekly football sessions will make football more accessible to girls in Coventry and Warwickshire. Girls of all footballing abilities are welcome in school years 1 through to year 6 with the focus of the sessions around a fun, friendly introduction to football as well as improving skills.

Alongside the weekly sessions there was a holiday camp specifically for girls, held during the Easter holidays where girls welcomed to come along and improve their skills whilst socialising and making new friends.

Our coaches during all sessions hold a minimum Level 2 qualification, a valid first aid and safeguarding certificate and are all DBS checked.

Details of the sessions can be found below:

Venue: Blue Coat School, Terry Road, Coventry, CV1 2BA
Date: Mondays
Cost: £5
Times: 5.00pm – 6.00pm (school years 1,2 & 3) 6.00pm – 7.00pm (school year 4, 5 & 6)

For more information or to book a place please contact our Girls Development Officer Toni Wellings with player’s name, school, school year and contact number. Toni.Wellings@ccfc.co.uk // 024 7678 6349