City FC has joined with Coventry Technical College to offer free work training for the
unemployed in Hillfields.
The offer also extends to employees of companies located in the area who want to
upgrade their work skills and the aim eventually is to develop a University for Industry
A fully equipped education and training centre will be established at Coventry
Technical College in the Butts as part of the Hillfields Urban Initiative. The centre will
switch to Coventry Citys new state of the art stadium in Foleshill when it opens in
2001, by which time, trainees will be accepted from all parts of the city.
Coventry City and Coventry Technical College have contributed £25,000 to the cost of
The aim is to provide free job search skills in basic computing, preparation for work,
overcoming barriers to learning and basic maths. There will be daytime and evening
courses, training for business and industry will also be offered at the centre,
information on which can be obtained from the Business Development Unit at the College on
01203-526791 or 526938.
Ric Allison, commercial director at Coventry City FC, said:
"We are delighted to form this partnership with Coventry Technical College. It is
a significant provider of training and education in the city and it meets our aspirations
as a football club to be involved in our local community.
"It was hoped to site the centre at Highfield Road Stadium, but there was
insufficient space. It will be housed at Coventry Technical College in the Butts, but will
move to Arena 2000 when it opens. It is our intention eventually to integrate the new
centre with our soccer academy so that our young footballers can also take advantage of
the training on offer."
The Centre will be known as The Coventry City Football Club
Education and Training Centre.
Roger Deats, Principal of Coventry Technical College said:
"The football clubs move to its new stadium will provide a wonderful impetus
to develop, in partnership with the College, a University for Industry learning centre
which will clearly demonstrate the clubs commitment to the Coventry Community