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6th January 2021, 15:06 | york
York City Knights Foundation will continue to offer free tickets to local under 16s next season thanks to a support pledge from local housebuilder, Barratt Developments Yorkshire East.
The new partnership will see the housebuilder contribute over £18,000 to cover the administrative and management costs required for the Knights to continue offering free tickets to local youngsters following the club’s move to its state-of-the-art LNER Community Stadium. As a result, the Knights’ foundation will be able to redirect valuable funds towards other areas of its community engagement programme, to support the education, health and wellbeing of those in the local community.
York expects to give over 10,000 tickets to youngsters from across the city over the course of the 2021 season having seen the level of interest in watching live fixtures rise considerably since the club first decided to offer free tickets in 2017.
York City Knights Chairman, Jon Flatman, said: “We have always tried to offer free tickets to under 16s but our move to the new stadium adds a cost to this commitment.
“We’re therefore extremely grateful for the support offered by Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, which will allow thousands of local youngsters to experience a live matchday in what promises to be an exciting season for the club.
“The support of Barratt will further add value to the ability of the Foundation to link the education, health and mental wellbeing of our local communities with the matchday experience.”
Daniel Smith, Managing Director at Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, added: “We are always looking to do all we can to support the communities in which we build, and the York City Knights Foundation does a fantastic job of making the thrills of live sport accessible to the region’s youngsters.
“We’re excited to play our part in a new chapter for the club at the LNER Community Stadium and can’t wait to see young people from across the region continue to show their support.”
For more information on the York City Knights Foundation, click here.