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York City Football Club Foundation was established in 2014 with the vision: “to support the local community by providing sport and physical activity; educational; social and healthy lifestyle opportunities, and ensuring that our contributions have a realistic opportunity of making a positive impact.` 

The fundamental aim of the Scheme has been to find ways of supporting the local community by providing opportunities for physical activity, social elements and enjoyment, as well as creating a pathway for development, talent and competition for all ages.  



In 2007 York City in the Community (YCITC) was created by York City Football Club with a small team of coaches employed to embrace delivering football in the community, predominantly working within schools in the York area. The Football Club support for the programme has always been vital but over the years, the programme has grown immensely and developed a much wider focus by achieving charitable status as York City Fc Foundation. 



The impactful work of the Foundation is aimed at improving community cohesion; reducing social isolation and loneliness; addressing holiday hunger and young people’s health; promoting social prescribing models and partnership working in numerous guises with national, regional and local organisations and services across the City. 

The Foundation also works hard to use their standing in the Community to raise awareness for relevant national campaigns including in recent years : Suicide Safer York; Cancer Champions and the homeless community and services in York. 


Stats & Facts  

  • Reaches nearly 2000 people per week on average 
  • Age range of participants 4 to 88 years 
  • Offers a pathway for engagement & recreational to & talent routes in all programmes 
  • Works across the city of York, and the wider North Yorkshire geographical area 
  • Represented on York Youth Sector, Active York Strategic partnership for sport and leisure, Football Facilities Steering Group, Women & Girls FA Steering Group amongst other key partnerships. 



  • Winner of Best Project for Children 2019 – National League Trust 
  • Winner of Youth Group Provider 2018 Active York Sport Award for City Kickabout 
  • Winner of Best Project for Older People 2017 – National League Trust 
  • Winner of Active in York 2017 Active York Sport Award for Walk With York  
  • Lord Mayor of York Shine Provider of the Year Award 2013 



The Foundation offer a broad range of programmes providing opportunities; developing pathways and using the vehicle of sport and the power of the brand to make a difference, under the key headings of: Community, Inclusion and Female.


The Team 

The Foundation staff team consists of 9 full time/permanent staff members and numerous part-time casual/freelance coaches and volunteers, capably led by the management team outlined below:


Foundation Manager – Paula Stainton

Operations Manager – Phil Smith

Grassroots Officer – Lee Robinson

Female Football Officer – Rosie Todd

Inclusion Officer – Amy Tyro


Contact us:

General Queries –

Community & schools–

Grassroots & player development –

Inclusion & health–

Female –


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