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Fundraising appeal from Trust Chairman
Fundraising appeal from Trust Chairman

Working for City

The following letter was recently distributed to all City supporters at the Barnet match.


 


Dear Fellow Trust Member/Supporter,


 


On Tuesday 15th February, 2005 a fundraising ideas brainstorming evening open to all fans was held in the Social Club to discuss and investigate ways of raising much needed funds for our football club. The meeting threw up some very good ideas and the following is a resume of the evenings discussions.


 


REUNITING THE GROUND WITH THE CLUB 


The wonderful news that the deal to reunite our Bootham (KitKat) Crescent home with the Club had finally been signed has brought with it new financial problems.  The funding to enable us to complete the transaction has come from a superbly negotiated agreement with the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), which could not have been matched by any high street bank or financial institution. They have loaned York City Football Club 2M over a ten year period on a interest repayment only basis with the capital not been repaid until we have sold Bootham Crescent and relocated to a new Stadium.  Even on these very advantageous terms we will still have to repay 100,000 each year to cover this loan.


With the Club at present turning over in the region of 1M each year this represents 10% of our income, and so as not to affect the amount of money we have available for the playing budget we need to find ways of funding this 100K. each year.  This money will have to be raised from a combination of sponsorship, fundraising and donations with the Trust being at the forefront, as we cannot just sit back and hope that the Football Club Directors will pull off some more lucrative sponsorship deals.


 


TRUST MEMBERSHIP.


Two years ago when our Football Club was put into administration, and within hours of going out of business altogether, we had over 2000 members and due to the tremendous financial support from fans both in York and those exiled in other parts of Britain and across the World we raised enough money to save our Club and take it out of administration.  At the moment we only have around 1400 members as since our last Trust membership year ending 30th June, 2004  there are 600 members who have not renewed.  It is felt that some supporters have probably thought  thats it, club saved, job done, but that could not be further from the truth it is really club and ground saved, job only just started.  As a Trust member everyone holds one share in the Trust, which in turn is the 85% majority shareholder of York City Football Club, and because of this I believe that every supporter should be a Trust member so they can truly say they own a part of their Football Club, albeit a very small one.  If you have not renewed your membership or know of a fan who is not a Trust member then please encourage them to join, and as a special offer anyone who re-news or joins now will be enrolled for the remainder of this membership year and up to 30th June, 2006 (a period of 16 months).


We are in the process of negotiating some value added benefits for Trust members that will give discounts on production of your Trust membership card with local business working partners, and details of these will be put on the Trust website, www.ycst.org.uk  and circulated to all members when Trust renewal letters are sent out in June.


The Trust has always greatly appreciated the valuable financial contributions made by supporters without which we would not have been able to save our Club from extinction. The Trust Board feel guilty asking the same people time and again for money, but if we are to build our Club back up and have a team capable of regaining Football League status we really need your help, and apart from fundraising schemes another way is by a monthly Standing Order from your Bank for say 5 or 10 per month which can raise significant amounts of money.  For example, if  500 members donate 5 a month that makes 2500 a month which equates to 30000 a year, but individually it is less than a pint of beer a week. If anyone is interested in contributing in this way there is a section on the Trust membership form which can be obtained from the Club Shop or downloaded from the Trust website, www.ycst.org.uk  



 


FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES


Various fundraising ideas were put forward on the night which will have to be more thoroughly investigated, however one that is already up and running is a Grand Spring Raffle run by York Minstermen with fabulous prizes donated by many local businesses.  Tickets are 1.00 each, or if you feel you can sell some yourself to friends and family, contact Ian Tyssen who is the organizer.  The draw will take place on the 11th April, 2005 in the Social Club.


A fundraising group will be formed to look at and implement some of the ideas suggested and on the evening several people put forward their names, but more people are still required so if you feel you can help please contact Dave Potter at dave@ycst.org.uk or Kirsten Gillies at Kirsten@ycst.org.uk or in person at the ground on matchdays.


 


SOCIAL CLUB



Here we have an under used facility that has the ability to raise much needed revenue and it is planned to open more often than just on matchdays as has been the case in the past. 


York Minstermen already hold regular events, i.e club nights, quiz and race nights and live music events, with band Miracle and Wonders planned for Friday 11th March, 2005 and others to follow.


A darts team has been organized to play in a local Monday night league starting in April, players and supporters are required.


Dominoes and quiz teams are a possibility if enough players can be found.


It is planned to form a Social Club committee are you interested?


Encourage other organizations to use the Social Club for their meetings/events.


Available for hire for private functions.


 


OTHER SUPPORTER GROUPS



There are now several successfully run supporter groups around the country and locally the York, Harrogate and Malton Minstermen are organising  fundraising events.  Further afield there are groups in London, the Midlands, Lancashire and even on the Isle of Man.


 


WHAT CAN YOU DO



Join the Fundraising Committee.


Help organize events.


Support events


Provide names of contacts at your place of work so our marketing team can contact individual businesses re sponsorship.  Ask if posters advertising matches and events can put on your company noticeboard.


Ask your local pub to adopt York City by putting up posters advertising forthcoming matches and hold fundraising evenings if the landlord is agreeable.


Volunteer to work behind the bar in the Social Club when an event is taking place.


Volunteer your services to do odd jobs in and around KitKat Crescent (electrical/plumbing/joinery/decorating etc.)


Make a regular monthly Standing Order donation to the Trust.


 


THE WAY FORWARD



To try to ensure that we have a successful and financially viable football club for ourselves and future generations we all need to pull together to make this happens.  From the time we took over the running of our own club I think we all knew it was never going to be easy, but great strides have already been made, and with the right attitude from everyone we can make York City a successful Club again.


 


It is your Football Club, support it and keep the faith.


 


Richard Snowball.


Chairman York City Supporters Trust.

 
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