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YCFC sign official agreement for York Community Stadium

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3:53pm 22nd December 2014

York City Football Club and City of York Council are celebrating another milestone in the York Community Stadium development today, as they put the official seal on an agreement which will see the club take a long term tenancy at their new home.

The agreement also secures the £2m funding contribution towards the new stadium pledged by the club from the outset of the project, supported by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund. 

Cllr Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism for City of York Council said: “This represents a significant milestone for the delivery of the York Community Stadium and Leisure Complex. Over the last three years we have made great progress in securing outline planning and funding, with work to begin in spring 2015. 

“This stadium and leisure complex is the first of its kind for York; an 8,000 all-seater stadium with a high-quality hospitality alongside conferencing and swimming facilities fit for the 21st century. It will also have fitness and active play areas as well as a new community hub focussed on providing health and wellbeing services for York residents and visitors.

“We are, alongside partners, creating a leading family leisure destination in the North of England and are doing so with minimal impact to the public purse by leveraging £5 of commercial investment for every £1 of council spend.”

York City Football Club Chairman, Jason McGill said, “We are very pleased to have completed the negotiations and signed this agreement, which provides York City with long term security in the new community stadium and offers the Club the opportunity to be commercially viable going forward.

“We are also delighted to have secured £2 million funding for the project from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund. Without the wonderful support they have given to us since the dark days of 2003 and 2004, I am in no doubt that York City Football Club would have sunk into oblivion and would not be on the verge of occupying a fantastic new stadium in 2016.

“I would like to thank the City of York Council for their commitment to the stadium project and we look forward to working in partnership with them in our new home.”

The council appointed a consortium led by Greenwich Leisure Ltd as Design, Build, Operation and ongoing Maintenance (DBOM)partner, for the Stadium and Leisure Complex in August 2014.

The leisure complex, which will replace the existing Waterworld and Courtney’s Gym complex adjacent to the stadium, will provide a 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool complemented by a separate teaching pool and fun pool with exciting water features for children. The scheme will also provide a brand competition standard sports hall facility for netball, badminton and basketball with spectator viewing for up to 250 people, a new 100-station gym with dance and spinning studios and an extreme adventure sports zone, all under the same roof. There will also be three, 3G five-a-side pitches at the site adding to the impressive leisure offer and helping to support community initiatives and encouraging sport participation for all ages.

The community hub at the complex will provide bespoke facilities for longstanding partners to the project, including the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, York St John University, BeIndependent (CIC) and Explore York Libraries and Archives Ltd.

The £37m scheme includes the Design, Build, Operation and ongoing Maintenance (DBOM) of the NSLC and the council’s leisure facilities for a 13 year period with the option for an additional 5 years (total 18 years). Construction on the complex is expected to start in spring 2015 and facilities will be operational by late summer 2016.

The scheme also includes the associated county standard athletics track being built at Heslington West campus at the University of York and will be home to the City of York Athletics Club, and Rugby League training and reserve facilities at York St John University.

For further information and to keep up to date with York Community Stadium news visit: www.yorkcommunitystadium.co.uk.

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