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Trust reveal Code of Conduct to help govern relationship between Trust & Club

The Supporters Trust has revealed the Code of Conduct that will help govern the relationship between the fans body and York Citys Board of Directors.

The Code of Conduct sets out:

- Certain key decisions requiring Trust Board ratification;
- Regular reporting of important matters by the Club Board to the Trust Board;
- The Club Board to continue to pursue supporter involvement in the operations of the Club; and
- The Trust having control over director appointments and ownership of the Club.

Speaking for the Trust, Kirsten Gillies commented:

It was a very tough battle to save the Club from extinction. The new Club Board are now making good progress to deliver a financially sustainable football club for the City of York and our fans and the Code of Conduct will help ensure that continues to be the case.

Gillies added:
Going forward, the new York City requires the positive support of fans and local businesses.

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 less than two months in control, the Clubs Board has started to make good 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.

Supporters Trust ownership of football clubs remains virgin territory. Supporters Direct (the government funded body that assists the Supporters Trusts movement) is, itself, continuing to consider the development of frameworks for the operation of Trust owned clubs. York City is a case study that can assist in the development of frameworks to be used by other clubs in the future.

Within the last week, representatives of the Club Board met with and reported to the Trust Board on a variety of business issues. Amongst a variety of matters, the meeting covered:

- The continuing restructuring of the Clubs finances;
- Stadium development matters;
- Further involvement of supporters in helping the operations of the Club; and
- Commercial developments including sponsorship, season ticket sales and merchandising.

In particular, it is clear that the Club would benefit from more fans buying season tickets for the 2003/04 season discounted season tickets available until 14 June by visiting Bootham Crescent or phoning 01904 624447. In addition, it is hoped that more fans make a voluntary contribution to the new Club having previously got the right to a season ticket by only paying half price to the old company owned by John Batchelor.

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

The full details of the Code of Conduct will be made available from the Supporters Trust, the Club or from the Trust website.

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