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Lottery support for 'Sporting Heritage' project

14th June 2019

Explore York Libraries and Archives, York City Football Club Foundation and York City Knights Foundation have announced a £57,500 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to support a one-year joint project based around the importance of sport to our communities.

The Uncovering York’s Sporting Heritage project aims to embed the new York Community Stadium in the minds of local residents and sports fans.

Activities over the coming year will include community engagement events at Bootham Crescent and new stadium, a schools programme, reminiscence work with football and rugby league fans and the gathering of oral histories.

In addition, the project will see the long-term loan of archives in the possession of York City Football Club Foundation to Explore York Archives for public consultation, and the installation of community artwork and digital archives kiosks at the new stadium.

Whilst the sports partners represent York’s football and rugby league heritage, there are opportunities for other sports clubs to get involved too.

‘Managing Your Sporting Heritage’ workshops will be held over the course of the project to support clubs with their own in-house archives, and for any clubs wishing to deposit their records with Explore York Archives for long-term preservation, they would be very interested to hear from you.

“We are delighted to have been successful in achieving joint-funding for this project. It’s a fabulous way of passing on the history of our Club and providing a well deserved legacy for Bootham Crescent by ensuring it is captured in the minds of a future generation of fans, through working with local primary schools, whilst also being the first initiative working together with partners ahead of the move to the new stadium,” said Paula Stainton, York City Football Club Foundation Manager.

Fiona Williams, Chief Executive of Explore York Archives and Libraries, said: “We are very grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and to National Lottery players, for helping us to turn this project from an idea into reality. Uncovering York’s Sporting Heritage will help us expand our sporting archive collections, and make them available digitally to fans and visitors to the community stadium. We hope that York sports fans will join us in helping recognise our city’s sporting heritage.”

Adam Prentis, York City Knights Delivery Manager, said “We are looking forward to working with our partners as part of this project, which will be a fantastic opportunity to not only engage members of our community with the new Community Stadium but also with our sport and the place the sport has in the history of York. Linking tours of the facility to previous grounds, successes, players and characters of the game in York coupled with further enhancing our collection of fans memories will be a superbly interactive way to bring the game in York to life for years to come.”

David Renwick, Area Director North, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Sport plays an integral part in so many lives, it can bring generations together and ignite our passions. Thanks to National Lottery players, this exciting project will actively engage local communities to explore and share the sporting heritage of York, the highs and lows, allowing people to share their memories and opening up archives to new audiences.”

To keep up to date with what is happening, and ways in which you can get involved, please see the partner websites;  

Main photo: (left to right) Neil Gulliver, York City Knights General Manager; Laura Yeoman, Archivist (Access and Engagement), Explore York Libraries and Archives; Paula Stainton, Foundation Manager, York City Football Club Foundation; and Sarah Garbacz, Chief Operating Officer, Explore York Libraries and Archives.


The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.

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Explore York Libraries and Archives Mutual Limited (‘Explore’) provides the public library and archives service for the city of York. Explore is committed to knowledge and ideas for everyone, enabling people to live fuller, more connected and engaged lives. Our core values are for us to be:

  • enterprising - innovating and striving for excellence;
  • community focused - working in partnership to deliver high quality services;
  • fair - free and open to all, impartial in all that we do;
  • individually and collectively accountable - for the stewardship of our collections and on the delivery of our commitments;
  • a learning organisation - building reflective practice into everything we do to continuously develop and improve.


York City FC Foundation is the charity linked to York City Football Club. Established originally as York City in the Community in 2007, the organisation uses football as a vehicle to reach young people and the wider community.  Many of the activities undertaken are around sports participation, with qualified coaches delivering sessions within schools, community settings, player development centres, walking football but using the power of sport we are also able to develop school links, grassroots partnerships, corporate and community partnerships and engage with over 2000 people of all ages on a weekly basis.

In August 2014, the organisation achieved charitable status and created a new vision to reflect their intentions: 'YCFC Foundation supports 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 Foundation is to find ways of supporting the local community by providing opportunities for physical activity and enjoyment. It is informed by the premise that sporting activities encourage engagement with others and help build social networks, reduce social isolation, improve physical and mental well being, increase self confidence and raise morale.

Contact: Paula Stainton, Foundation Manager, 01904 559058 for more information

The York City Knights Foundation is a registered charity and provides the community outreach work of the York City Knights RLFC, North Yorkshires only Professional Rugby League Club. The Foundation works within the communities of York and North Yorkshire through the themes of Health, Education, Community and Rugby League.


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