The Sky Blue Trust was pleased to see the Westminster Hall debate arranged by Coventry MP Jim Cunningham take place today following our appeal to all local MP's to help seek a solution to the ongoing stadium crisis that threatens the very existence of the Sky Blues.
 
All of the Coventry and Warwickshire MPs who contributed to the debate spoke passionately and clearly in support of the fans and asked searching questions of SISU, of Wasps and the football authorities. The Minister in response made some very good points. 
 
She said that it is important that football clubs are treated as community assets and not as pawns to be bought and sold.  She added that the football authorities must look again at the protection of clubs and  that Coventry City FC should prioritise an open dialogue about the issues of concern to fans. 
 
She stressed  that the number of problems arising at football clubs may suggest that the football authorities are unable to govern the game.
 
Of course, what is important now is how will the various parties who have the ability to prevent the homelessness of Coventry City will act.  Will the court case continue to grind on and heighten the risks (as well as wasting lots of money)? What stance will the English Football League and the Football Association take ?  What will Ministers say directly to the football authorities about the need for reform of the regulation of football in this country?
 
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and seek urgent answers as well as positive actions from all of the parties concerned.
 
For those wishing to see the debate please follow the link below
 
 
As an alternative you can read a transcript of the proceedings at the following link
 
 
The Sky Blue Trust note and thank the comments of Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South) (Lab)
"I thank the Sky Blue Trust, which has worked tirelessly for the sake of the club and the city, and all the other Coventry City supporters both in the city and outside it."
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All Coventry City fans are invited to an Open Meeting organised by the Sky Blue Trust to discuss the current stadium issues that threaten our clubs future.

 
The meeting  will take place in the upstairs function room at The Albany Club, Earlsdon Street, Coventry CV5 6EG on Monday January 28th with a 7pm start.
 
 
The aim of the meeting is for fans to come together, discuss the problems we are facing as a football club and to work together to try and identify practical potential solutions.
 
We shall also be inviting along all of the key players in this saga in the hope that they can hear first hand from the people who care most about the future of Coventry City Football Club, us the supporters. We obviously cannot guarantee their attendance but we hope they will see this as an ideal opportunity to help move this critical issue forward.
 
To attend the meeting you will need to register in advance by simply clicking on the link below and follow the instructions.
 
 
We hope you can join us for what will hopefully be a productive evening.

 

 

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Please find a brief summary of the key meetings/actions undertaken by The Sky Blue Trust in 2018.

 

Jan 18 Reply received from Dave Boddy , CCFC CEO re 17/18 Countdown to Homelessness E Mail. No new infornation to advise.

 

Jan18 FOI ( Freedom of Information) response received from Coventry City Council re potential move to Butts Park Arena. Advised that no discussions/meetings with CCFC,CRFC or anyone acting on their behalf.

 

Jan 18 Coventry MP's contacted, Geoffrey Robinson, Colleen Fletcher and Jim Cunningham asking what steps being taken to avoid homelessness for CCFC. Response from Jim Cunningham, suggesting meeting with Chris Heaton Harris ( which we'd already done in late 2017). Response from Colleen Fletcher offering support.

 

Jan 18 Warwickshire MP's contacted. Caroline Spelman, Marcus Jones, Jeremy Wright, Mark Pawsey,Zahawi,Tracey and Matt Western. Also Chris Heaton Harris.

 

Jan 18 Damian Collins MP chair of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee contacted and asked to intervene.

 

Jan 18 Discussions with senior EFL officials, to update them on situation and seek their views on next steps. Guarded response.

 

Jan18 E Mail to Martin Reeve,CEO, Cov CC, CCFC and Wasps RFC asking for info on mediation process. Martin Reeve responded to advise mediator confirmed and procesd to take place March 5 to 28th.

 

Jan 18 Mark Pawsey MP raised issue in House of Commons following our earlier intervention. Mark Pawsey, Caroline Spelman and Matt Western replied offering support. Jan 18 Moz Baker attended inaugural CCFC Supporters Forum meeting.

 

Jan 18 Met with Jim Cunningham, Marcus Jones and Chris Heaton-Harries

 

Feb 18 Discussion with Ashley Brown, Supporters Direct

 

Feb 18 Meeting with Gary Hoffman consortium.

 

Feb 18 Parliamentary Debate led by Marcus Jones attended by Moz Baker and David Johnson, also met Jeremy Wright (MP for Kenilworth & Southam, then Attorney General now Sec of State for DCMS)

 

Mar 18 Question issued to Shaun Harvey,CEO,EFL,ahead of EFL meeting. Asking for set of rules and controls to meet concerns of fans re poor leadership and ineffective financial controls.

 

Mar 18 Trust made representations to Inspector into Rugby Borough Council local plan suggesting strengthened wording of policy re Ryton, requiring training facilities - not just “pitches” - to be replaced prior to any redevelopment. Wording subsequently accepted.

 

April 18 Moz Baker attended CCFC Supporters Forum meeting.

 

April 18 Tracey Crouch ,then Sports Minister in contact with Trust,keen to find out how supporters groups were consulted by clubs.

 

April 18 Greg Clarke FA Chairman (via local MP's Cunningham and Jones) sharing concerns re stadium issues and outlined FA regulations in place.

 

May 18 Quiz held to raise funds for Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund.

 

May 18 Trust promotional stand at Earlsdon Festival.

 

May 18 Dave Boddy Open meeting staged at Ricoh.

 

May 18 Discussions with senior EFL officials, urging the need for a long-term solution to the ground issue - in Coventry.

 

July 18 Meeting with Gary Hoffman consortium.

 

July 18 Bruce Walker attended CCFC Supporters Forum meeting.

 

Oct 18 Dave Boddy reply to Countdown to Homelessness 18/19 letter referring to club statement issued earlier that month.

 

Oct 18 Nick Eastwood Wasps RFC reply to Countdown 18/19 letter unable to comment further due to confidentiality issues.

 

Oct 18 Regulating English Football meeting chaired by Tom Greatrex (SD) panel included Damian Collins MP attended and contributed to by David Johnson.

 

Oct 18 Meeting with Unite Community area and regional officials with a view to getting access to Union Officials of Unite and TUC at regional level.

 

Nov 18 Moz Baker informal meeting with Dave Boddy. Updated re stadium issues.

 

Nov 18 Further discussions with Senior EFL officials, enquiring about latest position and timescale

 

Dec 18 Wrote to Nick Eastwood Wasps CEO requesting urgent meeting.

 

Dec 18 Trust reps meeting with Dave Boddy/Mark Hornby further discussion re stadium issues.

 

Dec 18 Moz Baker attended CCFC Supporters Forum meeting.

 

Dec 18 Quiz held to raise funds for Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund.

 

We have also written on the 4th January to the following  MP's, Jim Cunningham, Jeremy Wright, Marcus Jones, Dame Caroline Spelman, Matt Western, Mark Pawsey, Geoffrey Robinson, Nadim Zahawi, Chris Heaton Harris, Craig Tracey and Colleen Fletcher as part of our Countdown to Homelessness 18/19 campaign to ask for their support. We have already received a number of positive responses.

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