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York City and Oaklands School
York City and Oaklands School

Building trust between community and club

The partnership agreement will see City players visiting the school during the season and the Club will also be assisting with football coaching, as well as promoting healthy lifestyle initiatives to the Oaklands' pupils. Billy McEwan and the team will also have the use of Oaklands' sports facilities during the season to help with training.

The partnership kicked-off this week with a York City Community Day taking place at the school, with around 70 year seven students participating in the event. The day involved a mixture of football coaching and health awareness with a focus on the importance of hydration and healthy eating.

York City's Football in the Community coaches, led by Paul Olsson, assisted with the football coaching and City players Darren Dunning, David Stockdale and Graeme Law then joined the group to offer their help and support. As well as taking part in the coaching exercises, the players also offered advice on nutrition and hydration for sports performance.

The day ended at 1.00pm when the 70 participants were each presented with a complimentary match ticket for City's home game against Altrincham.

Commenting on the partnership, City's communications & community director, Sophie McGill said, "I believe the partnership is a positive step forward for both the Club and Oaklands School and we look forward to working closely with their staff and pupils throughout the season."

McGill added, "The York City Supporters' Trust has had a close association with Oaklands School since they launched their bid for sports college status. The new community partnership between the Club and the school is an extension of the relationship between Oaklands and the Trust and has been furthered by Trust member Ian Savage, who is also a governor at the school. I would like to thank Ian for his support with this great community initiative."

Andy Swann, Director of Sport at Oaklands, emphasised that this event marked only the beginning of the development of joint initiatives between the school and the club. He said: "City have worked with us since we set out to become York's only Sports College. This partnership approach can only bring benefit to everyone involved. The pupils have had great input from the coaches and seen that being healthy and performing well is determined by diet and lifestyle as well as training. Some of them might be entertaining the crowd at Kitkat Crescent before too long!"

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