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Trust News from 25 Feb match programme
Trust News from 25 Feb match programme

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York City Supporters Trust Programme Notes

Forest Green Rovers 25th February 2006


I would like to offer a warm welcome to the supporters of Forest Green Rovers who have made the long journey to Yorkshire today. I am sure that all City supporters will hope that the result is much different from last season and that we can secure our fourth win in successive matches.


As this is my first opportunity to write the Trusts programme notes, I would like to start by thanking the c300 Trust members whose votes helped me to be elected to the Trust board. I hope that I can repay their support by being an active and enthusiastic member of the team.


Only a few days after the AGM in December, I was delighted to be able to get my teeth into my role of fundraising for the Trust. Representatives of the Trust and the Football Club met in the almost finished Bootham Lounge for a fundraising meeting at which a long list of projects were identified. Several of these events or activities are now being championed by one or more Trust board members.


One fundraiser, which is already up and running, is the Building for the Future Wall. More bricks have been added to the wall and even more are on order. As the wall fills up, it will look increasingly impressive. Call into the Club Shop after todays game (or at any time) to collect an order form from the Information Desk.


Over the last month, Trust members have been receiving tickets for the York Minstermen Spring Raffle, which is raising funds for the Trust. The response so far has been excellent with around 2000 worth of tickets sold and there are still two months until the draw. At the Gravesend & Northfleet game on 11th March, we will be trying to get even more City fans involved in selling the raffle tickets. Envelopes containing tickets and instructions will be handed out to anyone who thinks that they could help by selling a few tickets to friends, family, workmates etc. Look and listen for more details at that game.


At todays game, hopefully, you will have been handed an entry form for the World Cup Team Selecta competition. If not, they are also available from the Club Shop and the General Office. The aim of the game is to predict the final group standings in the first stage of this summers World Cup finals. There will be a BIG cash prize for the winner.


Both the Spring Raffle and the World Cup Team Selecta are fundraisers, which should appeal not just to the same old York City fans who are regularly digging deep into their pockets. Please try to promote these activities to your non City supporting friends, family and workmates. We need to tap into their wealth! For more details of the Spring Raffle or World Cup Team Selecta, please e-mail, phone or text 0781 414 3593 or visit the Information Desk in the Club Shop on match days.


Later in the year Kit Kat Crescent will be hosting the York City Football Club Open Day and Community Festival. The date of Sunday 16th July has now been agreed for this event. Hopefully, all supporters groups, various community groups and several charities will all add to this family friendly extravaganza. If you have any suggestions, please contact myself in any of the ways mentioned earlier.


Other new projects, which are at an early stage, include a Car Raffle and an opportunity for Fans to be part of the 2006/7 team photo (thanks to Matt Triggs from Catterick Garrison for the idea). Hopefully, they will be launched on the Open Day (or before).


Also, I would love to see York City FC represented at various village and town galas / carnivals during the summer. If you have know of a suitable event and would be willing to help, again, please contact me and we will see if we are able to arrange something.


In order to ensure that ideas, like Matts, become a reality, we need as many people as possible to try to give a little of their spare time to help. There are so many good ideas out there but we need the human resources to make them happen. If you can rattle a bucket in the car park, deliver raffle tickets to City fans in your area, hand out events flyers, do some voluntary bar work, encourage others to take part in our fundraising events or, even, sweep the terraces, you will be contributing to a massive team effort. Please contact the Trust or the Football Club, if you think you can help.


By Ian Tyssen

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