This Sunday we welcome newly promoted Sunderland to Butts Park Arena. United may have finished second from bottom last season but that hasn’t stopped them from pulling off one of the signings of the summer by securing the Championship’s top goalscorer for the last two seasons in Katie Wilkinson from Sheffield United.
The Red and Greens’ new captain scored 19 last season and will be joined by her former Blades team-mates Naomi Hartley and Nat Johnson.
There has been a big emphasis on recruitment this summer and manager Jay Bradford has also brought in former Championship winner Mollie Green from Birmingham City and Cumbrian-born Rio Hardy, who joins from Cypriot side Apollon Ladies and has also had spells in Iceland and the United States.
Manager Jay Bradford told Coventry United’s website: “I'm obviously ecstatic to get the [Katie Wilkinson] deal done. Wilko is a force in this league and someone I can’t wait to work with to drive this club forward.”
As fans are welcomed into the stadium for the first time in over a year, we also welcome some new recruits, which are; Katie Wilkinson, Naomi Hartley, Nat Johnson, Mollie Green, Rio Hardy, Olivia Fergusson, Grace Riglar, Charlie Escourt and Lucy Thomas.
In addition to all the relevant Government guidance many additional measures will be implemented by clubs to satisfy the requirements of local safety bodies – we need your continued support and cooperation with that to ensure grounds are safe places for everyone in the stadium on match days.
1. Familiarise yourself with the latest Government guidelines
2. Plan your journey in advance and give yourself plenty of time – normal entry points might be closed and there may will be additional procedures;
3. The lead booker for a group should provide contact details within their booking to assist with NHS test and trace requirements;
4. All fans are recommended to wear a face cover, use any hand gel provided, and some clubs might do temperature testing as an entry requirement;
5. Pay close attention to signage, floor markings and instructions issued by stewards or via the club’s PA system;
6. Some amenities will be closed – there may be fewer toilets and food outlets available;
7. No cash – card payment only;
8. Stay in your seat for the full game if possible – and that includes half time. Standing fans must stay within their social bubble and avoid unnecessary movement. If you need to move wait until gangways are clear, avoid face to face contact and follow stewards’ instructions;
9. Goal! Brilliant. But please remember to respect maintain safe distances when celebrating;
10. Please be patient when leaving the stadium. It will take longer than normal to leave.
11. Clubs reserve the right to eject any spectator who fails to comply with this Code of Conduct.
● If you or anyone if your household currently has symptoms of COVID-19, or have had symptoms in the past 14 days
● You or any members of your household or support bubble have been diagnosed with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days
● You or any members of your household or support bubble have been contacted via the NHS track and trace app told to self-isolate
● You have been in close contact with a person who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days
The Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have reaffirmed their commitment to eliminating discrimination from football as clubs from both divisions continue to show their support for Kick it Out’s Take a Stand campaign this season.
For the second year running, teams from both divisions will proudly wear shirt patches featuring the Take A Stand logo, underlining their ongoing support for the campaign and the effort to make football a sport for everyone.
The new broadcasting deal with Sky Sports and BBC will also provide added exposure for Take A Stand. The largest commercial agreement in women’s football to date, over 50 matches will be shown on the BBC and Sky Sports - an enormous step forward for the sport, and one sure to raise its profile in England.
Together with the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship, Take A Stand will continue to raise awareness and drive further conversation around the issues. The campaign will also highlight what fans can do if they witness discrimination in stadiums, online or wherever they are watching the games, as well as encouraging more people and organisations to commit to taking action in the fight against discrimination.
The journey time between Coventry and Butts Park Arena is around 1 min and covers a distance of around 2427 feet. The fastest journey normally takes 1 min. Operated by National Express Coventry, the Coventry to Butts Park Arena service departs from Coventry, Starley Rd and arrives in Butts Park Arena. Typically 1342 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.
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