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Trust Statement about the BC announcement
Trust Statement about the BC announcement

Bootham Crescent...at the heart of the Community

City's Supporters' Trust welcomed today's announcement that, subject to finalising legal arrangements, agreement has been reached for York City Football Club to continue to play at Bootham Crescent next season and for the foreseeable future.

On behalf of the Club's owners, Trust Board member Paul Rawnsley said,"Great credit is due to Jason McGill and those around him who have supported the aim of remaining at Bootham Crescent. Thanks also to all those supporters who have kept faith with the Trust and the Club to deliver this solution."

In March 2003 the Trust put in place a six-strong Board of Directors of the Football Club. Like the Trust Board, each Club director provides his or her time on a voluntary basis. Within less than a year, much has been done to implement the Trust's Community Vision and this has been a vital aspect helping to deliver the long term ground solution.

York City is about far more than its Football Team. The Club is not only a place where local people come together to watch football in a safe and friendly environment, but also a means of delivering community and education work. York City is widely recognised as a major asset to the City and region and it will now be able to stay at its home at the heart of the community.

On behalf of the Club, Trust Member and Club Director Jason McGill has led the negotiations to arrive at the agreement. Over the past several months, the Trust Board has provided its unanimous support and has been kept informed of significant developments.

Relevant details about the agreements for City to remain at Bootham Crescent will be made available when all of the legal arrangements have been
concluded. That is expected to take some months. Until that time, the parties involved will not make further statements on the matter.

For the avoidance of doubt, the arrangements in relation to Bootham Crescent do not involve any change to the ownership of York City Football Club Limited.

Last month, the Trust Board commenced a review of the corporate governance structures and processes at York City. This is a natural periodic assessment almost one year on from the formation of the new York City.

Insome respects, the corporate governance review may also relate to the Bootham Crescent arrangements. Relevant details will be announced by the Trust when appropriate.

Trust Chairman Richard Snowball said: "The Boards of both the Trust and Club continue to work in the best interests of York City. Whilst much has been achieved already, for the future, York City seeks a growing level of support from local people and businesses."

As a result of the latest developments, it has also been announced that it is now the intention of the Club Board to withdraw the planning application for the redevelopment of the Huntington Stadium site.

The thorough assessment of redeveloping Huntington Stadium as a new site for York City has now proved that it is not a suitable alternative. There are too many obstacles and issues involved. That is why the Club will be withdrawing its planning application for redevelopment of Huntington Stadium. Great credit is due to Club Director Ian McAndrew for his focussed commitment and professionalism to progress the Huntington application.

Trust Chairman Richard Snowball expressed the Trust's support for the wider sports community in York, "We're very pleased we can continue to use Bootham Crescent, at the heart of the community. We also remain very supportive for all sports in York and wish both the Rugby and Athletics Club good luck as they can now stay at Huntington as it is."

 
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