York youth club Door 84 benefits from charity football shirt swap
8th May 2013
Local youth club Door 84 will be the first group to benefit from the charity football shirt swap initiated by York-based mutual healthcare provider Benenden Health.
Following on from the rebrand of Benenden Health, which resulted in a change of logo for the front of the League Two York City Football Club’s first team shirts, Benenden Health announced a charity shirt swap earlier this year.
Fans returned their old shirts which were swapped for newly branded versions completely free of charge. Club patron Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, became the first fan to participate in the shirt swap with half of the returned shirts going to benefit projects in deprived areas in the North of England.
The Archbishop has arranged for Door 84, a local youth club based in The Groves, to be the first group to benefit from Benenden Health’s shirt swap initiative. A range of shirts for children and young adults will be handed over to 17 year old volunteer Declan Markwick who has just completed a Level 1 FA Coaching Course to provide community football coaching at Door 84. York City players Tom Allan and Tom Platt will also be attending the handover of the donated shirts.
Door 84 provides young people aged 8-17 with a fun venue where they can socialise and get involved in a range of stimulating activities in a safe, friendly environment.
Paul Keenan, Head of Communications at Benenden Health said: ‘When we rebranded in January of this year and offered the York City fans new shirts in place of their old ones, we really wanted to ensure that the old shirts went to benefit good causes. Working with the Archbishop we identified Door 84 as a hugely worthwhile youth club to benefit from our donated shirts.
‘As a mutual, not-for-profit organisation with a community-minded ethos, Benenden Health is keen to support local community projects such as Door 84 which provides young people in the York area with a fun, safe venue where they can get involved in a variety of activities.’
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: “It is good news that these York City shirts are finding such a good home. Door 84 provides great support to young people. These shirts, so generously donated by Benenden will help Declan Markwick as he starts to provide football coaching to local children. Who knows in years to come, perhaps we will see the next generation of York City stars coming from The Groves!”
Heidi Haywood Centre Manager and Youth Worker at Door 84 said: "I would like to thank Benenden Health and The Archbishop of York for supporting Door 84 Youth Centre. We are a registered charity that highly depend on donations and support just like this. We aim to offer young people as many opportunities and experiences as possible and meeting York City Football Team members and receiving a football shirt will be a fantastic experience, one to remember! I am sure they will wear them with pride."