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Centre of Excellence cash blow

Statement by York City Football Club

York City Football Club has received a cash blow to their Centre of Excellence funding due to their continued Conference status next season.


Original funding for the Centre of Excellence, which helps to develop the talents of young players between the ages of 10 to 16, consisted of 138,000 per annum when the club was playing in the Football League.


However, due to the clubs continuing conference status, funding has been reduced to 69,000 and is likely to be withdrawn totally if the club are not promoted next season.


The funding is provided by various sports organisations including the Football Association, the Professional Footballers Association, the Premier League and Sport England.


As a result of this dramatic fall in funding, the Club has sent letters to the parents of the 80 plus young footballers in the scheme requesting them to try to obtain personal sponsorship of 200 next season.


The money will go towards funding the part-time coaching staff, physiotherapist, hire of training facilities, insurance, kit and equipment. Also each player will receive a junior season ticket, Junior Red membership, and a travel tracksuit.


Commenting on the situation, York City Youth Development Director, Steve Beck said, It is devastating that our funding has been dramatically reduced in this way simply due to the fact we are now playing in the Conference. In order to fund the continuation of the Centre of Excellence, an important community asset which has successfully produced many talented players, we have had to ask the parents of our young footballers to try to obtain sponsorship of 200 next season to contribute towards operations.


Steve Beck added, We have however stated in the correspondence that any player unable to reach this target will not be discriminated against in any way as players are selected for the scheme purely on merit. To ease the situation, we are also giving parents the opportunity to pay the sponsorship in monthly instalments of 20. This kind of request is common practice at other professional and amateur football clubs.


Finally Steve Beck said, This is a measure we have had to introduce to ensure the continuation of junior football at York City and without assistance the scheme would collapse. Football in general needs a wake-up call as the gap between the Premier League and the lower echelons of the pyramid becomes even greater. Better distribution of football income needs to be introduced. Its absurd to think that all our Centre of Excellence problems would be solved by 120,000, the salary Rio Ferdinand is demanding each week.


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