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New Board Work Towards a New York City

Following its successful Annual General Meeting and fans forum, the elected board of the Supporters' Trust has met for the first time. The new board set on establishing a clear role for the organisation in its relationship with the club and the community

Having achieved its initial primary objective - to ensure the continuation of York City Football Club - and, having received clear promises that, in due course, it will share in the ownership and directorship of the Club, the Supporters' Trust is now forging a new role for itself.

Sophie McGill, spokesperson for the Supporters' Trust, explained:
"Trust representatives are already working on a number of positive initiatives with the Club, such as the open day being organised for 21 July. In addition, the Trust is working towards achieving its aim of strengthen the bonds between the Club and its community."

The Supporters' Trust has been very encouraged by, and is supportive of, some of the ways in which the new regime has broken from the past and is developing better community links.

The Supporters' Trust itself is organising a presence at a couple of upcoming community events. They will be promoting the Club at Copmanthorpe Carnival on Saturday 6th July and similarly at Haxby Carnival on Saturday 20th July.

At its first meeting, the new Trust Board appointed a new Chair, in Richard Snowball. Richard is a lifelong City fan and was involved in the Save City Campaign from the early stages. Formerly a company director, he is now semi-retired and lives near York. Commenting on his appointment, he stated:
"I am proud to be York and proud to be Chairman of the Supporters' Trust. Whilst the fans helped to save the club, there is now the opportunity for everyone to help build a positive future for York City Football Club and sport in the local area. It won't be easy, but its well worth doing."

At the recent Supporters' Trust elections, eleven fans were elected to the new Board. A further four fan or community representatives can be co-opted to the Board, and these positions are being considered. The Trust wants to get more people closely involved in the organisation promoting the Club in the area particularly in relation to youth and community aspects.

In addition, consideration is being given to ways in which to use the monies generated by the Trust. The City fans have generated almost 100,000 for their cause. To date, expenditure has been restricted to necessary costs only. Plans are now being developed to use some of the funds on specific projects to help meet the Trust's community objectives.

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