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VPs Fund Leicestershire Camp

Leicestershire
By Phil Howden | 6th July 2017

As an important part of our Pre-Season preparations, the York City squad will travel to Leicestershire for a Pre-Season training camp from 22nd-26th July. During their stay they will also make the short trips to both Grantham Town and Oakham United to play friendlies.

York City Vice Presidents, a group of supporters who have assisted the club in a wide range of ways over many years, have very generously offered to fund the trip, and VPs Chairman Richard Adams writes the following: 

"During my tenure as Chairman of the York City Vice Presidents, the Group has fund raised throughout each season. The money raised has always been directed towards specific projects or requirements of the football club.

Over the years we have seen the money raised used to improve the facilities at the Wigginton Road training ground, irrigation schemes and equipment used at the club. The aim of the Vice Presidents has always been to assist the Chairman and the Board of Directors financially from our fund raising. The membership run the very successful ‘200 Club’ through the season, Golden Goal on match days, organise a Christmas Hamper Raffle and hold an Annual Dinner towards the end of each season. Over the last couple of seasons the Vice Presidents have also tried to work closely with the Supporters Trust and the various supporters groups. Last season the East Riding Minstermen made a very generous donation to our cause and this has been added to our overall fund raising for last season.

Like all the supporters of our great club we owe so much financially to our Chairman, Jason McGill, who has kept our club ‘alive’ through very difficult times and what seems to be never ending, the delay in our move to the new Community Stadium at Monks Cross. Thanks to him and his company, JM Packaging, we find ourselves in a position to kick-off the new season with real hope. Thank you Mr Chairman, we owe you so much.

Following our great Wembley win I had a brief conversation with our manager Gary Mills. During the conversation he mentioned Pre-Season and how he would like to take the squad away as a ‘bonding exercise’, but it may be a problem financially for the club.

I circulated my fellow VP’s with a proposal to use part of the money we raised last season to fund their four days in Leicestershire. The response was unanimous to the money being used for the squad’s pre-season bonding exercise.  I approached the club with an offer to fund the away trip and I am delighted to say they accepted our offer. The membership believes this is an ideal way of showing our support for the Club and the management team.

I would like to wish the team all the very best for the forthcoming season, one that hopefully will see us return to the National League in 2018-19.

Richard Adams
Chairman – York City Vice Presidents"

The Club would like to sincerely thank Richard and all our Vice Presidents for this wonderful gesture which will assist Gary, Darren and the players prepare for what we hope will be an exciting and successful season.

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