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The time is now for supporting the Community Stadium plans


10:56am 17th February 2012
(Updated 3:59pm 17th February 2012)

Following a groundbreaking meeting held on Monday evening to discuss in detail the Community Stadium proposals, the York City Knights, York City Football Club and the City of York Athletic Club have all given their combined support to the City of York Council's vision of a flagship Community Stadium at Huntington and an athletic facility at the University Sports Village.

A number of aspects of the project were discussed at the meeting and agreement has been reached on the best way forward in some of the key areas ranging from stadium usage, training arrangements and financial operating models for the clubs. This is seen as a very positive step forward and the main obstacles that have so far prevented the Knights from fully embracing the proposals for the Community Stadium are now in the process of being overcome. 

The Community Stadium Advisory Group will meet next week to discuss these key areas and it is hoped that the Group will add its combined support to the principles agreed between the clubs.

York City Knights Chief Executive, John Guildford said:

"I have always supported the principle of a community stadium, and now my basic questions and concerns have been addressed, the Knights obviously support the vision. 

"I am looking forward to the final business case being presented and being actively involved in the final design stages of the project"

York City Football Club Chairman, Jason McGill said:

"Great strides forward were made at the meeting and many of the York City Knights original concerns have now been addressed. We are delighted the Knights are now on board and fully support the Community Stadium.

"We never wanted to see the Knights disadvantaged in any way and look forward to sharing the new facility with them and working with them more closely in the future."

City of York Athletic Club Chairman, Neil Hunter said:

"It was great to see the two professional sports clubs in York working together alongside the project team to create the vision for a way in which the Community Stadium can be sustainable and fully achieve its sporting and community objectives.

"It was an exciting evening and I am more optimistic than ever that the dream of a new Community Stadium, along with a modern athletics facility at the University Sports Village, will become a reality"

Kersten England, chief executive of city of York council comments:

"The project is at a crucial point in its development and it is incredibly important to us to have the support and active involvement of all three professional clubs in the city at this time, so that we can maximise the benefits for York residents.

"This is a great boost for the Community Stadium Project, confirming it is in the best interest for all sport in this city - both professional and community based."

All three sports clubs now want their supporters to really get behind the planning application for the new Community Stadium to show the city that new, modern, sports facilities are what York desperately needs to see professional Football, Rugby League, Athletics and community sport flourish in the future.

Official statement from the York City Knights

York City Knights are delighted to confirm that as a result of new amended drawings by Oakgate and and revised plans from City of York Council, along with other assurances regarding the scheme, the club has given its full backing to the Community Stadium project.

A meeting on Monday evening, involving the Knights Executive Chairman John Guildford, York City Football Club Chairman Jason McGill, City of York Athletics Club Chairman Neil Hunter and Project Manager Tim Atkins, was very positive and addressed the Knights main concerns, resulting in an agreement on the best way forward for the project been reached. The new proposal will have a 3G multi use facility adjacent to the Community Stadium along with other indoor sports facilities for community use.  

The issue regarding training facilities for the Knights was discussed and three potential sites were identified that could all be suitable for the clubs needs, as well as providing community benefits, which is something that the club have always championed.

The Knights first team and reserve team matches will be played at the Community Stadium during the building of the stadium the Knights will play at Bootham Crescent at no financial loss to the club. The Knights will continue to be provided with, as a minimum, the same facilities as we currently have and will not be financially worse off.

Both York City Knights and York City Football Club have agreed to work together to ensure that the maximum income streams from the Community Stadium can be achieved to help the clubs prosper.

As a result of these discussions and assurances York City Knights are delighted to support the proposals and hope that the Knights supporters can join us by getting behind the scheme.

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