Community stadium partners win National Lottery support for sporting heritage project 

Published: 12 June, 2019 - 12:37 pm

Explore York Libraries and Archives, York City Football Club Foundation and York City Knights Foundation have today 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.

Fiona Williams, Chief Executive, 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.”

“We are delighted to have been successful with 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.

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.”