Coventry City club (CCFC) have signed a deal to relocate part of their Academy to Finham Park School.
The club’s occupation of the Alan Higgs Centre at Allard Way expires in June, motivating CCFC to secure the future of its youth section. The Academy is unable to stay at the Higgs Centre as the facilities are set to drastically change.
It is thought that the Academy will relocate to the school’s football pitches on Green Lane. However, the club will still require use of indoor facilities if they hope to keep their Category 2 status which helps to bring Premier League funding.
“The Academy is looking at a relocation strategy in the city which is that the grass pitches could – and it may be announced this week – be relocated at a school in Coventry,” Coventry City chairman, Tim Fisher, said at a Sky Blue Trust meeting on Monday.
“However, it would still require an indoor facility – for example down at (the Alan) Higgs (Centre).”
“We believe we should be able to negotiate a multi-site Academy but it requires those facilities to be fit for purpose.”
“We are looking at Category Two,” Mr Fisher added.
“The reason the club announce now what is going on with the Academy is that a lot of work is going into building out the project. All the costings around putting pitches out which are fit for purpose.”