Club has formed a groundbreaking alliance with local junior outfit Barkers Butts to bring
weekly league rugby to the Premiership club's Coundon Road ground.
The deal, which starts next week, was the brainchild of Coventry's new rugby
administrator Ian Carvell, but negotiations have been masterminded by chairman Keith
"Our Coventry squad will have use of all the training facilities at Barkers Butts
ground, and they will play their Midlands One league matches at Coundon Road. It means
that rugby supporters can watch league games at Coundon Road on every Saturday of the
Fairbrother said that the teams will play in an entirely new strip, specially designed
to incorporate the colours of both clubs.
"When we have to leave Coundon Road for The Butts Stadium at the end of next
season we shall have no training pitches, so we entered into talks with Barkers Butts four
weeks ago to ask if we could use their pitches off the A45 at Meriden.
"There is no question of a takeover or a merger. It is an agreement to work
together and both clubs have agreed all aspects of the scheme."
He explained that Coventry's coaches will hold teach-ins for the Barkers' coaches and
the junior club's players will train and rub shoulders with their Premiership colleagues.
"Barkers have been renowned for their ability to bring on good young players, but
it concerned me that some of them progressed to other clubs and did not join Coventry.
"This way provides a clear route to the top for any young player. He can progress
from under-10s at Barkers Butts through the Youth, Colts and Emerging sides to the
"Both clubs will benefit from this arrangement. We shall come to some sort of gate
sharing agreement with Barkers to compensate them for playing their home league games at
Coundon Road. I see this as a win situation for both clubs."