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Club commended for commitment to Armed Forces

6th November 2019

We have been recognised for our commitment to supporting members of the armed forces, veterans and their families through the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Club are honoured to have become the 240th Armed Forces Covenant signatories in the Yorkshire and Humber region, joining more than 4000 nationally supportive organisations.

Pictured: Major Ali Biggs and Ian McAndrew signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant is the nation’s pledge to those who serve in the armed forces, or have done so previously, along with their dependents, to be treated with fairness and respect.

The Covenant was officially signed pitchside on November 2nd in the presence of the Royal Navy’s Surgeon Commander Dean and Lieutenant Commander Gosling; the Army’s Major Ali Biggs and the Royal Air Force’s Squadron Leader Lisa Kelly-Tonge.

Speaking about York City’s signing of the Covenant, Director Ian McAndrew, said: “With such a strong bond between our football club and the military, we are proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and make this ongoing commitment to helping serving personnel, veterans and their families official.

Commenting on the signing, Major Ali Biggs who signed the Covenant on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, said: “It was a privilege and pleasure to be at Bootham Crescent representing the British Army alongside my tri-service colleagues at the Armed Forces Covenant Signing. I wish York City every success on their season ahead as well as with their Remembrance Commemoration this Sunday.”

Phil Walton, the Head of Engagement at the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association Yorkshire & The Humber, added: “It is fantastic to have a club like York City FC, steeped in military history, sign the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrating their willingness to support the Armed Forces Community. We look to continue to work together in the coming years to ensure that we play our part in returning that support, helping the club as it moves to the new stadium and striving to regain its rightful place in football league.”

Pictured: The Armed Forces were honorary match sponsors for last Saturday’s fixture.

York City Football Club have committed to a range of initiatives, many of which were previously in place but are now formalised under the Covenant, including seeking to provide concessionary rates to service personnel, supporting the employment of veterans and offering flexibility to reservist employees. The club is a long-standing supporter of ‘Tickets for Troops’, the organisation that provides free tickets to members of the Armed Forces and the club holds a special Remembrance game each year, welcoming serving military personnel, families and veterans’ groups to Bootham Crescent and raising funds for the Royal British Legion.

Sunday’s fixture against Altrincham in the First Round of the Emirates FA Cup was nominated the club’s annual Remembrance fixture. Ahead of kick-off, wreaths were laid on the pitch and those in attendance observed the playing of the Last Post prior to kick-off.

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