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The Role of the Trust
The Role of the Trust

Building a better York City for the future

As set out in the About the Trust section of the new website, the Trusts role has evolved over time. Under Trust ownership, the employees and volunteers (which will hopefully grow further) are working to develop a greater bond between the supporter-owned Club and the community.

Through the facility provided by the Trusts new website, it is hoped that some of this work can be demonstrated. The Trusts website forms an integral part of communication with supporters.

York City is about more than 90 minutes of football on a Saturday afternoon. Whilst on-the-pitch performance is, of course, very important, the future achievements of the new York City have to be measured by more than just results on the pitch.

The Trust is the main body through which the supporters and the community have acted to Save City. Under the Trusts Rules (the full constitution is available at www.ycst.org.uk) , the objects are:
i) to strengthen the bonds between the Club and the community which it serves and to represent the interests of the community in the running of the Club;
ii) to benefit present and future members of the community served by the Club by promoting, encouraging and furthering the game of football as a recreational facility, sporting activity and focus for community involvement;
iii) to provide and maintain facilities for the enjoyment of professional football in the area;
iv) to promote coaching schemes to develop the football skills of young people and to widen interest in football regardless of the sex or ethnic origin of those involved;
v) to further the development of the game of football nationally and internationally and the upholding of its rules.

Within the context of these Rules, the Trusts Mission has evolved over time. When the Trust was formed in January 2002, the initial Working Party summarised its overall Mission as:
We will work to ensure the continuation of professional football in York. And, we will work to secure representation for supporters in the future ownership and operation of York City Football Club.

In November 2002, when it became starkly apparent that we could be facing the end of York City, the Trust Board set itself one ultimate objective:
To work to save York City Football Club from extinction so that our Club could continue playing in the Football League.

Everything that was done by the Trust up to March/April 2003 was carried out with this objective in mind. Of course, that objective was achieved when, at 1pm on Friday 28th March 2003, through its subsidiary company York City Football Club Limited, YCST completed the Rescue Package that Saved City.

Since the completion of the Rescue Package, the Trusts role has evolved further. Some aspects of this role are, in effect, shared with the Club. The York City model is one that many people will be looking at over the coming months and years and no doubt it will continue to evolve as time passes. A summary of the Trusts current role is set out below:

i) Promoting York City within the local community;
ii) Promoting YCST/York City within the football/sports community;
iii) Working with all parties to ensure the Club continues to have a decent home in the city;
iv) Carrying out the operations of the Trust itself, as a separate legal entity with around 2,000 members;
v) Fundraising to provide funds to pass on to help the Club's finances;
vi) To represent the interests of the community and supporters in the way in which the Club is operated;
vii) Helping and organising for more volunteers to be somehow involved in assisting the Trust/Club for the benefit of York City;
viii) A guardianship role in relation to the running of the Club - as set out in the 'Code of Conduct' governing the relationship between the Trust and the Club.

 
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