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York City...more than 90 minutes on a Saturday
York City...more than 90 minutes on a Saturday

Summary of progress being made at Your York City

Your community football club

The Supporters Trust met with the Board of York City on 20th September as part of the regular review process of the operations of the supporter-owned Club.

The latest meeting is part of the regular formal meetings between the two Boards to review the progress that has been made towards delivering the Trusts vision of a community-focussed club. The meetings form an integral part of the Code of Conduct that provides the framework governing the relationship between the supporters body and the York City Board of Directors.

The operations of York City Football Club Limited are overseen by the Clubs Board of Directors. The operations are carried out by the Clubs employees, supplemented by a range of unpaid volunteers that include, but are not restricted to, the six fans on the Clubs Board.

Now that the Trust owns the Club, the Trust Board have an additional guardianship role to play, overseeing the operations of the Club. In addition, whilst supporters are always free to contact Club representatives direct themselves, any supporter queries or issues can also be addressed to the Club through the Trust Board.

There are three key ingredients for the future survival and success of York City - and a significant amount of effort is being invested in each area by the Club Board and many other City fans. Firstly, and most importantly, the Club must continue to have a decent home in the city. Secondly, the Club's finances have to be managed in a responsible manner, balancing its outgoings to its income. And thirdly, building a larger and more committed fanbase than has been achieved in the past. In future months and years, the achievements of York City have to be measured by more than just results on the pitch.


Summary of matters covered at the meeting on 20th September

The two-hour meeting covered a wide range of matters, including

1. Financial reporting
- A review of the Clubs financial results for the year to date (the Club was set to report more on this front over the following couple of weeks);
- the current financial status of the Club;
- outlook to December and then to end of the season;
- business risks and opportunities.

2. Working to ensure the Club continues to have a decent home in the city:
- planning application progress (as largely covered in the Rochdale Match Programme Notes by City Director Ian McAndrew);
- Monks Cross site issues;
- Progress on discussions with various parties.

3. General business update
- Working to deliver the Trusts vision of a community-focussed club see the notes below (York City.more than just a Football Team).

4. Some feedback to the Club Board: including areas for further development
- Development of an official Club website;
- Working to get more fans involved in assisting the Club and the Trust e.g. Marketing Taskforce;
- Supporter safety and liaison with the crowd control officials.



York Citymore than just a Football Team

A summary of some recent developments in relation to your York City.

Matchdays at BC

  • Average home League match attendance of almost 4,000 (ranking 15th in Division 3 so far) after the first 5 games. Information/matchday tickets available by contacting the Club on 0870 7771922.
  • The revamped and vastly improved matchday programme has been praised by many people. David Batters (Club Historian and life-long City fan) now appointed as voluntary Programme Editor.

  • All matchday sponsorships and hospitality packages sold out for the first 5 home games
    Following requests from supporters, a York City mini-season ticket has been introduced. See the match programme/contact the Club for more details.

  • Football training sessions for Junior Reds continue before every Saturday home match (12:30 onwards at the BC Gym).

  • Two Trust members (and their guests) continue to be invited to the Directors Box/Boardroom for each home match. Citys new directors do the job of hosting the Trust guests, Away Team visitors and any other guests on matchdays before and after the game.

  • Building links between the new Club and former City players, City fan Graham Bradbury is organising a programme whereby a former City player is invited to attend each home game and is introduced to match sponsors and visitors before the game.

  • Fans packed the Social Club after the Rochdale game to watch big-screen England vs Macedonia.

  • Chequered flags virtually cleansed from Bootham Crescent as the YCFC (zero-cost) re-branding continues.

  • The York City Flag has been re-introduced and is hoisted above the Social Club for each home game (matchday sponsorship of The Flag is available).

  • Friends of Bootham Crescent organised collections in September whereby City fans made significant donations to help Supporters Trusts at struggling Oldham and Notts County.

  • Quote from Chris Brass programme notes after the Darlington match The tremendous vocal support on Tuesday also helped the players and was commented on in the dressing room, so please be loud from the first whistle and give us a lead from
  • the stands.
    Building a greater bond between the Club and the Community

  • City Family Day held on 20th September, including Kids for a Quid.

  • The Club has successfully bid for a Community Chest Grant from the Football Foundation to fund various activities during the National Anti-Racism Week of Action in October, including a history display, kids poster competition, anti-racism pledge and leaflets.

  • BBC Radio York Breakfast programme hosted from BC in August a 2+ hour advert for City.

  • York City LFC kicked off the season with an away victory at Preston.

  • The vibrant Harrogate Minstermen continue to hold various events and provide an excellent model for positive supporter involvement to help the Club.
  • More details via www.harrogateminstermen.co.uk

  • London & South Branch hold their latest meeting at the White Horse pub (off Carnaby Street on 9 October (7:45pm).

  • Junior Reds membership pushes over the 350 mark.
    The next Junior Reds club night is to be held at BC on Wednesday 1st October (68pm). Club nights are held in the Family Room on the first Wednesday of each month and are attended by City players.

  • Over 70 local youngsters signed up to Citys School of Excellence for the 2003/04 season for teams from Under 11 to Under 16. Part of Citys Youth Development set-up.

  • The Towton Minstermen Annual Draw will take place at the Rockingham Arms on 6th October. Tickets on sale now. Funds raised go to benefit Citys youth football system. Citys new feeder clubs New Earswick, Copmanthorpe, Hamilton Panthers, Poppleton, Stamford Bridge and Pocklington are helping to promote the Draw.

  • After a successful bid to NOF (New Opportunities Fund), the Football in the Community scheme will be holding a new Holiday Club at Bootham Crescent (for children aged between 8 and 14) in the October half-term.

  • The York City Learning League was recently launched. This is a new educational partnership between the Club and local primary schools including visits to schools by City players. Another community initiative announced by Citys Communications Director, Sophie McGill.

  • Race Night coming up in October at the Social Club to help raise funds for the Trust.

  • Fundraising ideas and volunteers to kirsten@ycst.org.uk or please just get on and raise some money for the Club/Trust.


  • Commercial developments to help City
  • Commercial Director Jason McGill recently clinched a deal with Nestle, as the new Community Partner for the Club. Along with the other special agreements already in place with Phoenix Software, Nike Teamwear and BBC Radio, the new Club has generated a record level of (vital) sponsorship money for this season.

  • Launch of the York City Business Network (YCBN), a new networking organisation whereby the Club benefits whenever a deal is done between parties.

  • New (and stylish!) City shirts both home and away - selling really well and the Club Shop is continuing to take new stock. A City shirt and badge (designed by a City fan) to be proud of this season.

  • Louise Jackson appointed as part of the Commercial Team, working in the Club Shop.

  • The majority of season ticket holders have now contributed an amount equivalent to the other half of the season ticket payment for 2003/04, including 39 of the 44 Vice Presidents. Contributions are still welcomed.

  • Despite some positive aspects regarding income generation, under the control of Citys Finance Director (Terry Doyle), the Clubs Board continue to have to deal with the difficult financial challenge, particularly given the inherited financial legacy from past regimes.


  • Other Club matters
  • City Chairman Steve Beck will represent the Club at the Football League clubs meeting in September.

  • A new official Club website is to be developed in-house over the next few months by Mike Brown.

  • Social Club available for private party hire (contact 0870 777 1922).

  • Many people have noted the happier spirit running right the way through the Club with the Board, the Management, the Players, the Staff and the Supporters.


  • Please continue to provide positive support for the future of York City Football Club.

     
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