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Trust News from Woking match programme (26/08/05)
Trust News from Woking match programme (26/08/05)

Supporting City

It has been an encouraging start to the season by our new-look York City Team.  Lets hope that the commitment, organisation and good football and strong encouragement from the supporters continues at todays match.  Come on City! 


Trust information desk

As some folk will already be aware, the Trust now has an information desk in the revamped Club Shop.  The information desk will be staffed by a Trust Board member before and after each home match this season.  It is another way in which the Trust seeks to communicate with members and other supporters.  Please make use of the new facility for any Trust enquiries, membership matters, fundraising ideas, etc.  The Trusts website and enquiry facility ( also remains available and is used by many people each month.


Trust membership

The Trusts annual membership period runs to 30 June each year and as City fans return for another football season, we hope people will also sign up again to support the Trust.  Citys Trust is one of only a small handful of trusts that owns and controls its football club and were encouraging people to join us to help maintain a strong base for the future benefit of York City.  Whether people are City fans or not, we encourage anyone who wants to support their local community football club to join.  Maintaining and growing the Trusts membership base is a key challenge for the future.


The number of Life Members of Citys Trust is now approaching 500 (up from 476 at 30 June 2005), several new members have joined for the first time in recent weeks, and around three-quarters of annual members have renewed their 10 annual membership giving an overall membership of around 1,200.   That still leaves around 250 annual members yet to renew their membership for 2005/06, plus membership remains open for others to join.  Membership forms for 2005/06 can be downloaded from the Trusts website or are available from the Trusts information desk in the Club Shop.


Membership of Citys Trust had peaked at just over 2,000 against the backdrop of the crisis for survival in 2002 and 2003, when the Trust had generated a very significant level of membership from amongst the clubs fanbase, the local community and other interested parties.  As the experience of other supporters trusts has shown, membership levels decline after the apparent urgency of an initial crisis and dropped to around 1,400 for 2004/05.  There are now around 120 supporters trusts in the UK, with the average membership level being around 600 people.


Benefits of Trust membership include

l                    An ownership stake in the Trust, the body that owns the Football Club and which, since February 2005, now also owns Bootham Crescent;

l                    Working together with other City fans to help the Club build for the future, including helping to put in place a new stadium in the city;

l                    Membership of what is widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent supporters trusts in the UK and a former winner of Trust of the Season;

l                    Voting power for the Trust Board, and the option to stand for election;

l                    An opportunity to be invited to a match as a special guest of the Club Board;

l                    Communications about York City business (meetings, newsletters, website, media, etc); and

l                    A series of preferential discounts from local businesses.


Maintaining YCST as one of the best supported trusts in the country provides York City with

l                    More fundraising, which is a vital element for the Clubs future success;

l                    A depth and breadth of support for a club now owned and run by supporters for the fans and the wider community; and

l                    More credibility, influence and a more powerful voice within the city of York.


Supporters Direct comments on the Burns Report

Lord Burns has recently completed and published an independent review of the governance structures of the Football Association.  The report makes several recommendations aimed at making the FA more effective and representative and could initiate significant change in the governance of the English game over the coming seasons.  However, Supporters Direct of which YCST is a member - has expressed some reservations.


Commenting on the report, Supporters Direct Chief Executive, Phil French, said With over 100 supporters' trusts and 13 Clubs in trust ownership or control we are at a loss to understand why the report has not recommended that a supporters trust representative be given a place at FA Board level given their work promoting corporate governance and financial control. The absence of such a recommendation is glaring, and one we believe will make it very difficult for any reconstituted FA Board to pursue its strategic role of representing the whole of the games interests effectively.  Responding to the recommendation on reform of The FA Council, French said, There is a recommendation that the Council evolve to become more representative of the diverse interests in the game. Whilst we acknowledge that this is a step along from the status quo, we believe the lack of a firm proposal to include supporters is a missed opportunity.

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