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Club Board are doing the Job
Club Board are doing the Job

Trust and Club Boards meet to review progress

The Supporters Trust this week met with the Board of York City to review their work in running the supporter-owned Club and the progress that has been made.

Speaking on behalf of the Trust Board, Paul Rawnsley commented:

The Trust Board is very pleased with the substantial progress that has been made in such a short time by the new Board of Directors of the new York City Football Club.

Rawnsley added:
It was an immense achievement to save the Club from extinction and now that hard work continues to help deliver a financially sustainable Club for the City of York and our fans.


The Trust owns the Club on behalf of its members and has an elected Board of twelve fans. In turn, as part of its rescue package, the Trust put in place a six-strong Board of Directors to oversee the running of York City on a day-to-day basis. The Club Board has to oversee the running of the Club in a way that will fulfil the Trusts community vision.

After just ten weeks in control, the Clubs Board has made significant strides towards stabilising the Clubs financial position, working on a ground solution and progress towards achieving the community vision. Whilst many people said that York City was beyond salvation, through the power and fundraising of the supporters, the Trust overcame that hopeless situation and rescued the Club from extinction. The hard work to deliver a better York City is now being implemented, and the changes that are taking place are against a difficult backdrop. The new company still carries the burden of some of the financial excesses of the past and is denied the benefit of season ticket monies from those supporters who paid half-price to Batchelors old company. In addition to the financial challenge, the Club Board have to deal with the forced move away from Bootham Crescent.

At the meeting this week the Club Board addressed a variety of matters with the Trust Board including:

- The continuing restructuring of the Clubs finances (that has included the notice given to Terry Dolan and Adie Shaw under their contracts and the appointment of Chris Brass and Lee Nogan in new dual roles for the Club);
- Managing the Clubs key cost of player wages;
Commercial developments to help boost income for next season (including the Nike shirt/merchandise deal and the major sponsorship deal with Phoenix Software);
- Growing involvement of more fan volunteers to help support the running and promotion of the Club;
- Continuing to improve communication with the supporter base; and
- The significant progress made by the Club and its professional advisers towards the plans for the re-development of the Monks Cross Stadium Site and certain issues facing the Club to keep the project on-track.


This weeks meeting is 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.

As noted above, 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. In addition to the Trusts supervisory role (as the majority shareholder of the Club), the Trust is pursuing its fundraising role to help supplement the Clubs income streams going forward. Any supporters interested in helping the Trusts fundraising work are asked to contact Kirsten Gillies via the Club or kirsten@ycst.org.uk

 
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