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City's youth

Supporting City

By Graham Kilby, Trust Board member and leads the Youth Development Fund



Ask any manager How do you go about building a team? and he will probably reply Start with the keeper and build from the back.  But what if you are trying to Re-build the club at the same time? Then my belief is to introduce a structured Youth Policy and then look forward to reaping the benefits in a few years time.


Over the past couple of years York City Football Club has been dealt blow after blow and set back after set back but fortunately throughout this period the clubs Youth Policy in the form of the Trainees, Youth Team and Centre Of Excellence (which incorporates another 6 teams and over a dozen coaches) have carried on regardless, largely uninterrupted, and in a truly professional manner that they can all be proud of.


 For each of the past ten years the Youth Development Fund has donated over 10,000 towards the running costs of the clubs Youth Policy and following last Saturdays display against Carlisle, when we fielded no less than seven players who had rolled off the clubs own production line, contributors to the fund can feel proud. Not only because their donations have helped with the development of those seven players but also the one hundred or so boys, aged between 9 and 16 years who attend the clubs Centre Of Excellence. Many of these boys, like the Magnificent Seven who starred last Saturday, are patiently waiting in the wings eager to show the City Faithful exactly what they can do at some time in the future.


Donations to the fund take many forms City and Junior Red Membership, Profits from the Tea Bar in the Family Room, Sponsorship and a variety of other fund raising initiatives have all helped to form a solid foundation from which the clubs Youth Policy can build on, long my it flourish, please continue to support the fund and together we can ensure that the Bootham Crescent Production line continues to roll.


If you have any fundraising ideas or wish to make a donation, then please do not hesitate to contact me on 01904 430990 during office hours.

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