On the eve of a brand new season all of us at The Sky Blue Trust would like to wish Mark Robins and the team every success for the forthcoming campaign.
 
After the excitement of Wembley in May the feel good factor has returned and there is now renewed expectation as we prepare to embark on the League One journey.
 
Whether we can achieve back to back promotions remains to be seen but we know that our tremendously loyal fans will, once again, back the team to the hilt as we look to progress on last seasons promotion.
 
Mark Robins appears to have worked well in the transfer market this summer. New recruits like Junior Brown, Reise Allassani, Brandon Mason, Abu Ogogo and just in last 24 hours Jordy Hiwula look to have strentghened the squad and the year long loan signing of Dujon Sterling could hopefully work similarly to Adam Armstrong and Jacob Murphy during Tony Mowbrays reign.
 
The fact that Tom Bayliss remains at the club despite speculation to the contrary is also a huge positive.
 
Sadly Mark McNulty has departed for Reading and we wish him well playing in the Championship. It is however a massive blow and we hope Robins receives full backing in his quest to further strengthen the squad ahead of the August transfer window closure with the additional strike force he alluded to following the exciting signing of Hiwula on Thursday.
 
This could be a pivotal year for the Sky Blues. There remains the off field concerns of the ongoing legal action by the club owners as well as uncertainty about the future of the training ground at Ryton. There's also the issue of where we'll be playing our home matches when the 1 year Ricoh deal ends next May.
 
Concerns that will occupy our thoughts in the months ahead. 
 
However, for now ,with the big kick off now very close our thoughts are with Mark Robins and the players and what they can do on the pitch.
 
The play off triumph against Exeter City was fantastic and has given all of us supporters a taste for more of the same.
 
Here's to another season to remember !
 
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We are delighted that the Family Zone will again be up and running for all Sky Blues daytime matches at the Ricoh next season.
 
The Family Zone has been incredibly popular with our younger supporters, as well as their parents, for a number of seasons now and offers our junior fans the opportunity to play games such as table football and FIFA, get creative at our craft table, enter our draw to experience pre match in the dug out, take part in quizzes and raffles, visit the tuck shop and so much more besides. 
 
We' d encourage all those attending with children to get along from 1.30pm starting with the opening match v Scunthorpe.
 
The Family Zone is run by a team of vounteers led by Pat Raybould, Moz Baker ,Chair of the Trust board is also a regular contributor to the team.
 
Many times over the course of last season Family Zone volunteers were asked how people could make a donation to the Family Zone...so over the close season they’ve set up a Just Giving Page. The Family Zone team welcome and appreciate any donation you can make no matter how big or small it is. It will go towards helping them to continue to provide free activities to our young fans who are the future of our football club. 
 
Thankyou!!
 
 
 
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This is Highfield Road is an online sound archive created by artist Duncan Whitley. Visitors to the website can search and listen online to the archive’s 141 sound recordings from Coventry City’s final season at their Highfield Road ground in 2005. The recordings capture the sounds of the crowd in the West Terrace during the games leading up to the final, emotional match at the Sky Blues’ erstwhile home, a 6-2 victory over Derby County on the 30th April 2005. The artist’s project aims to connect between football cultures and the burgeoning interest in sound in the contemporary arts. This is Highfield Road officially launches to the public at 3pmon Saturday 21st July.

FREE www.thisishighfieldroad.net

The recordings were captured in Highfield Road’s West Terrace, using a technique known as “binaural sound” - similar to the technique used in VR and gaming to produce an effect of hyper-realistic, 360 “surround” sound when listened using headphones. Duncan has used binaural technology to transport us virtually to Block WT6 of the old West Terrace. The experience of listening to the recordings in headphones is immersive: we hear the chanting, the “banter” with the away support, the referee’s whistle on the pitch and even the conversations of the fans in the seats behind us with an uncanny sense of spatial realism.

The 141 recordings can be listened to by browsing interactive match timelines (https://www.thisishighfieldroad.net/match- timelines/), or via the advanced search page (https://www.thisishighfieldroad.net/advanced-search/) where visitors can explore the archive by searching for chants sung by the home or away fans, or even search the audio for the fans’ reactions to events on the pitch, such as goals or penalties. For the uninitiated there is extensive information about chants sung by both the home and away supporters, which visitors to the site can then search for via the advanced search mechanism

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