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Trust News from match programme (9 April 2006)
Trust News from match programme (9 April 2006)

Working for City

Welcome to todays match.  In particular, welcome to any new fans here today or anyone who has not being for a long time.  We hope you enjoy the match, the atmosphere and, we hope, a York City victory.  Please provide your City Team with some great support for these last few games of the season.


 


 


2006 Fan Survey launched today


The York City Fan Survey will be launched at todays match.  The York City Fan Survey is another important opportunity for the supporters to have a dialogue with their Club.  Like last year, we hope that many people will complete the survey, the results of which will be published and will also be used by the Trust and the Club to help shape the future.


 


This is the second year running that the Trust and Club have undertaken the Fan Survey, to add to the range of ways in which the supporters have an input to York City.  Last year, over 450 City fans responded, and the results provided some useful information about the profile of the Clubs supporters, their attendance at matches and, most importantly, what they think about the services and facilities offered by the Club and how things can be improved


 


The results of last years Fan Survey contributed towards initiatives aimed at making football more affordable for people with young families and to try and attract a younger audience to follow York City like the 29 season ticket for under-12s, improvements to the match-day experience such as toilet facilities and refreshments, and the launch of the Clubs official website.  The information about supporters is also used to help the Clubs commercial operations.


 


Citys Trust has organised for 2,000 copies of the Fan Survey to be available to supporters, starting on Saturday.  The questionnaire will also be available from the Trusts website www.ycst.org.uk and the Clubs website www.ycfc.net.   The questionnaire will only take 10/15 minutes for people to complete.  Whilst the Premiership clubs undertake an annual fan survey, below the top flight it is unusual for clubs to do fan surveys.  The questionnaire has again been designed with assistance from Trust Member David Brewis, who has experience of conducting fan surveys at other clubs and has volunteered to help York City provide a further way of engaging with supporters.


 


 


Trust Board change



Ian Tyssen has resigned from his Trust Board position.  Ian had been elected to the Trust Board in December 2005.  There are nine remaining members elected to the Trust Board.  Ian commented: "Before joining the Trust Board I was already devoting a lot of time to helping York City in a variety of ways.  To allow more time for my young family and to enable me to continue my fundraising efforts to support the Club, I have had to relinquish the additional time and commitment of serving as a Trust Board member."


 


Trust Chairman and Club Director Steve Beck said We're very grateful for Ian's fundraising efforts over recent years and look forward to continue working with him for the benefit of the Trust and the Club.   York City relies on the voluntary efforts of supporters and these are to be encouraged and applauded.  If anyone out there feels that they can in some way help make a difference to support their local club then, as ever, please get in touch.


 


Finances


In the last match programme, the Trust provided some information to help peoples understanding of the financial context for the Clubs current situation.  The full article is available at www.ycst.org.uk (or on request at the Information Desk).  Some of the key information includes:



  • The turnaround in the financial management of the Club.  Despite two seasons of poor on-pitch results, since the Rescue Package of March 2003, for the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons the operating results were breakeven.  That compares to an average annual operating loss of circa 900,000 for each of the previous five seasons.

  • Meanwhile, since March 2003, the Club has had to pay off some of the liabilities inherited from the old regimes (c. 200k).  In addition, there was the shortfall of over 100,000 to be paid on re-gaining ownership of BC in February 2005.

  • The significant (negative) financial impact of relegation to the Conference gate receipts down 40% and central/grant monies halved (and, in the Conference, for 2006/07 the central monies could be less than 10% of the 2004/05 level).

  • Over the past 3 years, there have been various matters that might have worked out more favourably for the Club.  For example, if Batchelor had paid up the 40k+ he owed; if the individuals concerned had obtained alternative employment in respect of c. 72k of exceptional redundancy costs; if there had not been 50k of fees incurred to investigate the (abortive) plans to move to Huntington; if youth system grants had not been reduced in 05/06; if the Club had achieved some Cup success in the past 3 years; if the transfer market was more buoyant (like pre-2000) and a windfall had been generated; if certain repairs and maintenance costs in respect of BC and the Training Ground were not necessary.

  • As reported previously, the Trust Board has considered funding options over the past eighteen months including options involving raising funds from public offers (e.g. like the Save City crisis appeal of Q1 2003 and the Help buy back Bootham Crescent appeal of 2004).  As is apparent from the experience of the past 4-5 years, the apparent sources of significant funding are very limited. 

 


Building for the future wall


Before Christmas, the Trust/Club launched the Building for the future wall as a fundraising project and to provide a new feature for supporters at the ground next to the Club Shop.  Another batch of bricks is to be added soon.  The wall is being built in such a way that we will be able to dismantle it and take it to the new stadium, so your name will continue to be part of York City for the future. 


 


It will be built with bricks and granite stones engraved with fans names and messages on two lines - up to a maximum of 15 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation.  The bricks cost 39.95 each in black lettering or 47.50 in gold lettering and you will also receive a certificate.  Replica bricks are available at 29.95 in black and 37.50 in gold lettering for you to keep at home.  For companies and supporters wishing to have a really outstanding dedication, corporate stones in granite are available which can include the Club logo plus a dedication or message of support.  If youre interested in buying a brick for yourself or someone else and would like to help York City in this way, copies of the leaflet/application form are available from the Club Shop and Office.


 

 
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