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University Buys Coventry Club

Coventry Working Men’s Club is to be turned into a students’ union following the building’s sale to Coventry University.

Committee members at the Cox Street club have been campaigning for more than a year to move out of the city centre to new premises in Allard Way.

They argued that a large number of their elderly members were too scared to come into the city centre at night.

Members bitterly opposing the move warned that moving the club would put people off visiting as they would not be able to get there on the bus.

But the building has now been sold to Coventry University, who will convert the venue into an extra students’ union building.

It will be used as another entertainment venue, designed with international students in mind.

Coventry Working Men’s Club will move temporarily to the Coventry Building Trades Club in Whitefriars Street.

It is expected to move by 1 September and university bosses hope to have their latest building ready for use by the start of the new academic year.

Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Gareth Thomas said:

“This will be an excellent development for our large and thriving Students’ Union.

“It will provide much needed extra space and facilities for our international students, as well as a new students’ entertainment venue.”

Caroline Campbell, Vice President, Education and Welfare, for Coventry University Students’ Union said:

“This development will help increase the participation of international students in the activities of the Students’ Union, providing facilities for clubs and sports societies.

“This development marks a very exciting time for the Students’ Union at Coventry University.”
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