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.