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York City FC Foundation and sponsors Benenden Health launch new opportunity for grassroots junior football

5th January 2015

As part of the partnership with the Foundation, Benenden Health wanted to give the opportunity to local junior teams to be able to compete against a York City elite team.

The new competition being launched will offer the chance for one lucky Under 8's team to play against the York City Elite Under 8s. The game will take place in early February, with the date and venue to be arranged in conjunction with the winning team.

Paula Stainton, YCFC Foundation Manager, said:

"At York City Football Club we have a clear, long-term development plan for young footballers, from community engagement activities to talented player pathways and for all ages through City Tots to City Juniors and Development Centre.

Our pyramid system does not guarantee that players will move to the top, but aims to build the whole player by ensuring that all young players are offered the chance to learn at their own pace, develop new skills in confidence, teamwork and social skills, and has the opportunity to meet new friends.

The City Elite programme feeds into the current York City FC Academy and has huge successes to its name. Over the last two years, 26 players have made the step up to the Academy system, from training with City Elite, and 90% of the Academy's Under 9s squad are signed from the previous year’s City Elite Under 8s"

Paul Keenan, Head of Communications at Benenden Health said: “This initiative is an ideal opportunity for a local grassroots team to be able to pit their skills against the York City Elite team.

As part of our partnership with York City Foundation, we’re keen to encourage more young people to get involved with football in their local area and this is a great initiative to support that goal,”

In order to enter the competition, team managers need to answer the following question:

"The FA's long term development programme recommends that coaches should be addressing the four corners of a players development. What are the names of the four corners of development?"

To enter the competition, send your name, role, team name and contact email and telephone number, along with the answer, to: cityelite.ycfc@live.co.uk by Friday 16th January.

 

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