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Rugby League Heritage Project Progresses.

The York City Knights Foundation have called for volunteers and people interested in the history of Rugby League in and around York to come forward to become involved in the York and Proud Heritage project.

The project aims to show how the fortunes of the professional and amateur game have changed alongside local and national population size, industry/employment trends as well as world events.

Working with staff from the York Explore Libraries and Archives a training session for volunteers who would like to support the project in collecting, recording and archiving materials has been arranged for the 26th November at York Explore from 1-3pm.

The York and Proud Heritage School programme has also started to be delivered in schools across the city. The programme covers the history of York’s professional and community rugby league clubs, it also traces the social, industrial and cultural development of York and looks at aspects such as the growth of transport, communications and industry. With children from local schools relishing the challenge of researching and creating a timeline of York and the game of Rugby League, although more sessions have been planned with schools there is still availability for schools to get involved in this project during the next year.

Neil Gulliver, York City Knights Foundation Manager, said “Our Heritage programme, kindly funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund, is committed to conserving our past, while at the same time promoting and enabling the widest access to our heritage. Rugby League has deep roots in the communities of York and we want to show case the impact the sport has had on the city, to record the fortunes of the game locally and to celebrate the various successes over the years. Alongside the delivery in schools our community programme where we are collecting, recording and archiving materials for future generations is a key element in securing this heritage for generations to come.’

As well as recruiting and training volunteers the Foundation are looking for any old memorabilia including medals, shirts, caps, head gear, shoulder pads, images, posters, match-day programmes, booklets, films etc.

If you are interested in attending the session, have some memorabilia you could donate to the project or would like to register your schools interest in the project please contact Neil Gulliver (01904 767404, neil@ycknights.co.uk).

Summer Success!

This summer the York City Knights Foundation have delivered over 40 free sessions to more than 800 children across the city to introduce them to Rugby League in a friendly and fun environment.

Sessions which have been held across York and surrounding areas have been a great success with children coming back to attend several different sessions, linking to local community clubs and attending York City Knights home matches.

Neil Gulliver, Foundation Manager, said ‘it has been really pleasing to see so many young people come along and join in with our fun parks sessions, we want to introduce people to our game and these are a perfect way of doing it. We know from the feedback we have received they are really highly regarded by parents and children alike and we look forward to running more in future school holidays.’

The two hour sessions were held in open spaces across the area and were free for children to take part in. These sessions were able to be offered free of charge due to funding from various organisations including City of York Council, Parish Councils and other Charities.

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Two In, Two Out
By Ben Hall

 

We may be coming towards the final stretch of the season, but the Knights squad has once again undergone an alteration this week with two new men coming in and two leaving for pastures new.

Of the departing pair, one was not officially a Knights player, however, with dual-registration star James Clare (who has been playing for the club whilst on-loan from parent club Castleford Tigers) now getting the opportunity to play Championship Rugby as he links up with the Bradford Bulls just in time for their Super 8s campaign.

Clare, who suffered a leg injury on his Knights debut at Swinton, has been a huge player for the Knights over the past few months. With 9 tries in just 7 first team appearances (including a 4-try performance against Gloucestershire just a few weeks ago) he caught the eye of the Bulls, who see real potential and quality in the man nicknamed 'Sticks.'

Also leaving the club is forward Jack Pickles. 

Pickles arrived at the club in 2013 after being picked up from playing local Rugby Union, and even enjoyed scoring on his debut against Keighley.

He made 10 appearances this year, scoring 2 tries, and putting in a string of impressive performances. 

But the forward has found opportunities very limited and has asked for a release in order to try and play more regularly, although he turned down a loan opportunity at Oxford to return to amateur club Milford Marlins closer to home.

Coach James Ford said, "I'm disappointed to lose Jack. He's improved out of sight from when he came to the club, despite going through tough times with injuries, and he's always fought his way back. 

"He played well this year but he wants to play more regularly and asked for a release. I didn't want him to leave but at the same time I didn't want to keep someone who wasn't happy.

"We like him as a player and a person and wish him all the best. He would be welcome back."

The club would like to wish both James Clare and Jack Pickles all the best in the future, and hope they can succeed in their new endeavors. 

Meanwhile the ranks have been quickly bolstered though, with James Morland returning to the club and Brad Hey joining initially on loan from West Yorkshire side Batley.

Youngster Morland, who turned 20 last month, came through the youth ranks at the Knights under Ford's tutelage and made his debut as an 18-year-old on the opening day of the 2014 season, forming a teenage centre pairing with current first-team star Greg Minikin.

He went on to make eight senior appearances, scoring a very impressive eight tries, but those opportunities under then boss Gary Thornton dried up in the second half of the campaign and he left the club.

After a season with Harrogate RUFC playing National League Two North rugby union, Morland has decided to return and, after training a week or two with the Knights, has now signed a deal until the end of the season.

Hey, meanwhile, is a brand new accusation by Ford. The 20 year-old joined the Batley Bulldogs after being picked up by their coach John Kear from Castleford's academy.

Despite an injury blow in pre-season which gave him a setback earlier on this season, he has made 5 appearances in the Batley side and will be hoping to find some form and regular game time in Ford's team.

Ford, who coached Hey in Castleford's under-16s said: "I was really impressed by his character and I'm a bit surprised he's not kicked on further just yet.

"He's a back-rower with good footwork who promotes the ball well. He's my kind of player with good skill and a good understanding of the game.

"He's tough in how he plays in terms of defensive effort and work ethic. He's a slightly younger version of Ed Smith and I'm hoping we can do something long-term with him. If he works hard enough, we could have a find on our hands."

The Knights fans will be excited to see how the new boys get on for the club over the coming weeks, as we now embark on a pair of away games against South Wales and then Coventry.

Foundation Welcomes Penlife Partnership
By Jack Stearman

The York City Knights Foundation have unveiled a new Foundation Partner in Penlife Associates who are supporting the delivery of a new Money Management programme in Primary Schools in and around York.

The Knights Money Management Programme, which will start in September 2015, is an innovative project which will see the Foundation, with involvement from Penlife staff, work with pupils of all ages to develop their money management skills by challenging them to create and budget for their own virtual Rugby League Club. Working in small groups, pupils will look at areas of finance linked to marketing, sponsorship, merchandising and creating a team. 

After the 6 week programme, the groups will present to an expert panel, in a dragons den experience, where they will explain their money management choices and why they have focused on certain aspects of the club.

Julie Wilson, of Penlife Associates commented “We are delighted to support the Money Management programme with the York City Knights Foundation. We think it is very important for young people to value the true concept of money. This programme allows children to understand this in a fun, interactive way.”

Neil Gulliver, Foundation Manager said “It is fantastic that a company like Penlife are supporting such an important project to help children learn about money management. We would like to thank Penlife for supporting this programme and we are really looking forward to working with them to make a difference to the York and North Yorkshire Community.”

As well as signing up to become programme and Foundation partners, Penlife will also be sponsoring one of the Knights First Team stars, Adam Dent, who is a current employee of the company.

If your school would be interested in taking part in the project, then please contact Neil Gulliver on 01904 767404 to discuss further. 

The York City Knights Foundation Launch the ‘Knight Runners’

The York City Knights Foundation are launching the ‘Knight Runners’ scheme where they are encouraging the friends and fans of the club to take part in an event and raise money for the Foundation and a chosen charity. The first event they are looking for people to join them in is the ASDA 10k Run for All event on the 2nd August.

The Foundation have a number of spaces at £25 each for people to sign up to and then raise sponsorship for the Foundation and Heart Research UK (all sponsorship proceeds will be split 50/50). They are looking for people to join them in walking, jogging and running the route to raise sponsorship and have already had the first participant signed up- the one and only Norris the Knight! Even if you already have a place you would still be welcomed in joining the ‘Knight Runners’. Each member of the ‘Knight Runners’ team will be given a T-shirt to wear at the event so the team can be easily cheered on by the crowds as they go around the course.

Neil Gulliver, York City Knights Foundation Manager, said ‘as a Foundation and as a club we understand the importance of exercise in keeping people healthier for longer and especially the benefits of physical activity in maintaining a healthy heart which is why we are working to support the great work heart Research UK do. Whether you want to walk, jog or run I would encourage as many people as possible to join Norris in taking part in this great event around our beautiful city’.

For more information on this scheme, to volunteer on the day or to sign up please contact: Neil on 01904 767404 or neil@ycknights.co.uk

The York City Knights Education and Scholarship Program

Through a partnership between education company VLUK and the Foundation the York City Knights are offering a unique opportunity for 16-18 year old players to pursue a 2 year Rugby League and Education Scholarship.

The York City Knights Foundation are asking potential learners and their parents to find out more about the course and the benefits it can bring a young person by contacting the Foundation directly where an individual meeting can be booked to take them through the course.

To ensure that learners are fully prepared for the future, the full time scholarship includes:

-A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

-Additional Vocational qualifications such as Sports Leaders UK and National Governing Body Level 1 coaching awards.

-Regular fixtures representing York City Knights

 The scholarship will also provide opportunities for the students to progress to University, to a career in sports coaching and the industry of sports and leisure.

All Learning takes place in the Education hub under the direction of an experienced tutor with all learners having access to a computer and a bespoke Virtual learning platform. To supplement this learners will have the opportunity for up to 6 hours a week of training and practical sessions.

Neil Gulliver, York City Knights Foundation Manager, said ‘Rugby League can develop a number of life skills that can help people succeed and, I believe, when you combine this with a quality learning experience the learners on our Scholarship will be given the best chance of reaching and fulfilling their potential. Our club has some great local role models in Pat Smith and Jack Stearman to name just two who have used Rugby League and education to develop their futures’

Anyone wishing to arrange a meeting to introduce the course should contact Neil Gulliver (01904 767404, neil@ycknights.co.uk).

The York City Knights Foundation unveil their new Delivery Manager.

The Foundation are proud to announce that former community coach Adam Prentis has become the York City Knights Foundation Delivery Manager. Adam comes with a wealth of experience coaching and delivering coaching workshops and will be pivotal in ensuring the projects the Foundation delivers in schools, the community and clubs will be of a high standard.

Initially Adams role will involve coaching many young people across the city but as the Foundation continues to grow he will ensure new coaches are delivering quality sessions that will enhance the reputation that has been developed in the past.

Speaking on his appointment Adam said:

“It is a great privilege to take on this role, at a time when both the Club and Foundation have some unprecedented ambition around moving the Foundations work forward. Sport is something that many children can relate to and engaging with them to develop not only their physical literacy but as with many of the project the Foundation is currently running helping to make cross curriculum links and helping to develop their English, Maths, Art and History to name but a few.”

“It has been an absolute honour to have been involved with the club in the past and to have been part of an organisation that is positively impacting on the lives of thousands of young people.”

“I am looking forward to a new start and developing new relations and hope I can contribute to future successes."

Neil Gulliver, Foundation Manager, stated “to be able to recruit someone of Adams caliber at a time when we are really looking to extend the reach of the Foundations work is a tremendous boost for us. I have known Adam for many years and worked with him on various projects and I am confident he will bring a new dimension to our work which will further enhance our reputation”  

If you would like any further information on becoming involved with the Foundation or you would like to know more about the Foundation please email neil@ycknights.co.uk or visit the Knights website at www.yorkcityknights.co.uk

Get Involved in the York and Proud Rugby League Heritage Project.

The York City Knights Foundation are holding an information session for people interested in or who would like to volunteer with the York and Proud Rugby League Heritage Project.

The information session is being held on the 25th March from 6-7pm at York Explore Library and Archive in the city centre. The session will be an opportunity to find out more about the project, what its aims are and how volunteers from the community can get involved in it.

The aim of the project is to use the heritage of professional and amateur rugby league in York to engage young people and members of the community with the game of Rugby League and show how the fortunes of the professional and amateur game have changed alongside local and national population size, industry/employment trends as well as world events.

Neil Gulliver, York City Knights Foundation Manager, said “Rugby League has deep roots in the communities of York and we want to use this project to show case the impact the sport has had on the city, to record the fortunes of the amateur and professional game locally and to celebrate the various successes over the years.”

As well as recruiting volunteers the Foundation are looking for any old memorabilia including medals, shirts, caps, head gear, shoulder pads, images, posters, match-day programmes, booklets, films, and snippets etc. 

If you are interested in attending the session or have some memorabilia you could donate to the project please contact Neil Gulliver (01904 767404, neil@ycknights.co.uk).

 

York City Knights announce exciting new Board structure

York City Knights are delighted to announce that the club will enter Rugby League’s exciting new era with a new-look Board of Directors that will enable the club to realise its ambitions in 2015 and beyond.

In a significant move for the Kingstone Press League 1 club, four new directors have joined the Board to work alongside Chairman John Guildford. 

The quartet are all businessmen with a long-standing passion for both York City Knights and Rugby League in the city and will bring a wealth of expertise and know-how to the club. 

The new directors are as follows: 

  • Stephen Knowles   Head of Company Commercial at Ison Harrison Solicitors
  • Dave Baldwin Managing Director (Castle UK)
  • Neil Jennings  Managing Director Centurion Rugby
  • Gary Dickenson  Chief Executive CFast

The Board was convened, with support from RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer, met for the first time on Wednesday evening when the directors also unanimously agreed to a Deed of Undertaking which limits the power of any one individual at the club to appoint or remove a director.

Having made these significant concessions it is now hoped that these actions will pave the way to the re-opening of dialogue with York Council about the club’s involvement in the proposed new community stadium . To facilitate progress on that front, John Guildford has agreed to step back from direct involvement and a new negotiating team has been appointed.

John Guildford said: “This is a fantastic development for both the club and Rugby League in York and it gives me great pleasure to welcome Stephen, Dave, Neil and Gary to the Board. 

“They are all successful businessmen and just as importantly , they are people that care about York ; their presence on the Board will be invaluable in the months and years to come as we strive to make York City Knights a club the whole city can be proud of. 

“I would also like to place on record my thanks to the RFL for the important role they have played in making this exciting move happen.”

Ralph Rimmer said: “We have spoken with all parties over the last 10 days and throughout , it has been clear that everyone involved has the interests of York City Knights and York at heart.

“I attended the meeting on Wednesday night and was hugely impressed by the level of commitment shown by both John and also the new board members. 

“The importance of the next steps for the club and the stadium are not lost on anyone with whom I have spoken, and this sense of urgency has been demonstrated by the pace at which all involved have worked.”

Meet The Board:

Gary Dickenson, who is York born and raised, is the owner and CEO of Cfast Ltd which is a York based Cosmetic Dentistry Company. Gary formed Cfast in 2010 and with branches established in Singapore, Sydney and the USA, Cfast provides a unique tooth alignment system whichh is now used on thousands of patients around the world each year.

Stephen Knowles has previosuly worked in York for 16 years and is a specialist in Sports Law. Stephen is now Head of Company Commercial at Ison Harrison Solicitors.

Neil Jennings is the managing Director of Centurion Rugby. Having been born and raised in York, Neil, educated at Fulford school, still lives in the city and is passionate about rugby. 

David Baldwin was Born in York and went to Manor School. He is currently the Managing Director of Castles UK  Ltd, which Manufactures Educational & Residential furniture and has been in the role for 14 years. Dave has followed rugby in York all of his life.

York City Knights Deliver Petition to York City Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Monday afternoon the 19th of January 2015, a group from York City Knights delivered a petition to York City Council in objection to the ongoing plans of the Community Stadium Project. Chris Marsden from Vale Radio went to find out more...

CLUB STATEMENT

York City Knights Chairman, John Guildford, has confirmed today that he would be willing to step down as Chairman if it secures the future of the Rugby League club in York.

Following on-going disagreements over the future of the Knights and the location at which the Knights will play whilst the York Community Stadium is constructed, alongside calls from both City of York Council and York City Football Club for Mr Guildford to stand down, on top of their action in embargoing him from any future discussions and meetings, the Knights chair believes standing down will enable bodies on the Knights side to begin discussing the project again and agree a deal for the immediate/long term future.

Mr Guildford will be meeting shareholders to agree a new way forward for the club, and has said that in light of the Council and Football club stating that a deal will only be put forward again if he stands down, he has been left with no choice but to look for a new chair that can help secure a future for the Knights.

Mr Guildford would like to assure fans that he will only leave the club in the safest hands and has nothing but the good intentions of the club at heart with such actions.

York City Knights - As it stands

Vale Radio's Chris Marsden caught up with long-time star of York City Knights Jack Stearman, in this open discussion, it's not all about the stadium, money, politics or business - it's how this is having a knock on effect with the sporting community and the foundation.....


York City Knights Foundation wins Heritage Lottery

Today, the York City Knights Foundation has received over £70,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting 2 year project, the York and Proud Heritage programme.

The Foundation will use the heritage of professional and amateur rugby league in York to engage young people and members of the community with the game of Rugby League and show how the fortunes of the professional and amateur game have changed alongside local and national population size, industry/employment trends as well as world events.

The Foundation will use this 2 year project to work with and train volunteers from across the community to gather people’s memories, pictures and memorabilia to show case these through visual displays and interactive presentations. These will be shared with young people through a schools delivery programme and community groups to give a visual experience of how the sport and city have grown and changed. Presentations will be held in participating schools and libraries with displays being taken to venues across the city including Libraries, Schools, Community venues and the new stadium. Displays of memorabilia will include an exhibition and online museum, accessed via the York City Knights RL website

Commenting on the award, John Guildford, Executive Chairman of the York City Knights said: "It has been a wonderful achievement by the community team to put this successful bid together for the heritage of Rugby League in York and we are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The interaction with the local community for this project is immense and I look forward to watching it educate young people and other members of our community in the rich tradition of Rugby League in York

Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Sport plays an important role in our lives and our heritage. This project will bring together artefacts and stories to share York’s rugby league heritage, allowing people to get involved and learn new skills. We’re committed to funding projects that every community can take pride in and learn about their local heritage.”

The Foundation are looking for volunteers to help research for the project and to build a resource of memories from amateur and professional game in York and for any old memorabilia including medals, shirts, caps, head gear, shoulder pads, images, posters, match-day programmes, booklets, films, and snippets etc. If you are interested in volunteering or have some memorabilia you could loan or donate to the programme please contact Neil Gulliver (01904 767404, neil@ycknights.co.uk).

Club Statement

HOMELESS KNIGHTS FORCED OUT OF YORK

York City Knights have been forced to take action and re-arrange the friendly that was to take place against Hull FC at Bootham Crescent next weekend.

The fixture will now be played at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, next Sunday (11th January), with a 4.45pm KO as part of a double header, with Doncaster RLFC taking on Hull FC’s young guns at 3pm.

Visit www.yorkcityknights.co.uk to read the FULL Club Statement.


2014/2015 Squad announcement


Thanks to YCK for the use of this photo

Thanks to YCK for the use of this photo

Fixtures:

Fri, 03 Apr 15:00 Keighley Cougars Cougar Park, Keighley

Sun, 12 Apr 15:00 Oxford Iffley Road, Oxford

Sun, 19 Apr 15:00 North Wales Crusaders Bootham Crescent, York

Sun, 26 Apr 15:00 Coventry Bears Bootham Crescent, York

Sun, 03 May 15:00 Swinton Lions Park Lane, Whitefield

Sun, 10 May 15:00 Gloucestershire All Golds Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham

Sun, 17 May 15:00 South Wales Scorpions Bootham Crescent, York

Sun, 31 May 15:00 Gateshead Thunder International Stadium, Gateshead

Sun, 07 Jun 15:00 Rochdale Hornets Bootham Crescent, York

Sun, 14 Jun 15:00 London Skolars Bootham Crescent, York

Sun, 21 Jun 14:30 Hemel Stags Pennine Way, Hemel Hempstead

Sun, 28 Jun 15:00 Swinton Lions Bootham Crescent, York

Sun, 05 Jul 15:00 Oldham Roughyeds Whitebank Stadium, Oldham

Sun, 12 Jul 15:00 Gloucestershire All Golds Bootham Crescent, York

Sun, 19 Jul 15:00 Gateshead Thunder Bootham Crescent, York

Sun, 26 Jul 15:00 South Wales Scorpions Parc Dyffryn Pennar, Mountain Ash

Sun, 02 Aug 15:00 Coventry Bears Butts Park Arena, Coventry

Sun, 09 Aug 15:00 Oxford Bootham Crescent, York

Sun, 16 Aug 15:00 London Skolars White Hart Lane Community Sports Centre, London

Sun, 23 Aug 15:00 Hemel Stags Bootham Crescent, York

Sun, 06 Sep 14:30 North Wales Crusaders Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

Sun, 13 Sep 15:00 Barrow Raiders Bootham Crescent, York

 

Knights Foundation

About York City Knights Foundation

York City Knights Community Foundation is the community delivery arm of North Yorkshire’s only Professional Rugby League club, the York City Knights.

The Community Foundation changes lives across the City of York and surrounding areas through a range of community, education and physical activity programmes.

Rugby League remains central to the Foundations activities and includes a flourishing Community Club partnership programme which looks to support community clubs with coach development, specialist player coaching and club improvement sessions. 

The Club also undertakes a wide-range of initiatives out in the community across a variety of agendas including health improvement, social wellbeing, citizenship, youth offending and rehabilitation, disability sport, smoking cessation, drug awareness and road safety.

Underpinning all of the activities is the mission to empower, engage and raise the aspirations of both young people and adults through education and sport.

To this end, an holistic approach to education services has been developed. From Primary School  sport and PPA programmes including sports days, targeted education sessions, assemblies and extracurricular activity, to Secondary School enrichment activities and Knights experiences, to more advanced 16+ Apprenticeship programmes, York City Knight can provide expert support and delivery in all education settings.

With tens of thousands of individual contacts per year the York City Knights Community Foundation draws on over 100 years of success and tradition and some of the Knights most recognised stars to inspire and change lives.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage HLF has supported over 37,000 projects with more than £6bn across the UK including £445m to over 3,100 projects in Yorkshire & the Humber alone.  www.hlf.org.uk.

 

For further information, images and interviews, please contact

Neil Gulliver at York City Knights Foundation on 01904 767404 or neil@ycknights.co.uk

Special Reports

New Chief for Knights Charity

By Jack Stearman | 23/12/2014

Neil Gulliver has been named as the new manager of the York City Knights Foundation, and will begin in the role in January.

Neil will be aiming to develop the work the Foundation does across York and North Yorkshire in schools and the community, having worked in sport for over 15 years and spending much of this time in the Sport and Active Leisure team at City of York Council. 

Neil has a background in local Rugby League and has a range of experiences of working in partnership to coordinate activities and events as well as securing the resources to enable initiatives to happen.

The new Foundation manager said, “This is a great time to get involved in the work of the Knights and the Foundation and I can see the potential for  the community of York and North Yorkshire to benefit from the work the Foundation can do. “

“We are delighted to welcome Neil to the team as Foundation manager, he will take on much of the day to day management responsibilities for York City Knights Foundation as well as a focus on our exiting new ventures. Neil has an unparalleled knowledge in the sport, health & well-being and Education sector and brings a fantastic track record, his commitment, ideas, and enthusiasm will no doubt create new opportunities for the foundation, so we are really excited to have him on board which will also enable the foundation to plan and prepare community programme partnerships for when we move into the new community stadium’”

For further information or to speak to the charity’s new chief, please contact: Neil Gulliver, York City Knights Foundation Manager,  01904 767404,  neil@ycknights.co.uk

Knights Help Children 'Read to Achieve'

By Ben Hall | 30/10/2014

The York City Knights Foundation have been delivering ‘read to achieve’ sessions at Hob Moor Primary School in an attempt to help the year 6 children improve their literacy skills.

The project, in association with long-term supporters of the Foundation's work- DE Ford, took place through the first half term of the academic year and in this time, the Knights were working closely alongside the year 6 children on a weekly basis to help improve their literacy skills and levels of development.

One student even got the chance to write the basis for this very press release, and commented; “the project has been very enjoyable and a great success. I used to be on a level 3C and I have now improved and have been able to achieve a 3b!”

The children then used their improved literacy and communication skills to help organise a football tournament which included compiling fixture lists and league tables, writing invitation letters and sending out emails to make sure the event runs as smoothly as possible.

The tournament will be held on the 7th November at the York-based school and is set to be a resounding success thanks to the help and organisation of all the children involved with the project.

The ‘read to achieve’ programme is just one of many projects the Knights Foundation has run across the city in order to help improve the skills of our city’s young people in both sport and the classroom.

Club Community Development Officer and former Knights star Jack Stearman commented: "Its

fantastic that DE Ford have made this programme possible.

"The Read to Achieve programme really engages the children who take part and makes them feel a real sense of achievement when the tournament comes to life. They have put a lot of hard work in for 8 weeks now and cannot wait for the schools to get together on 7th November."

If you would like to discuss working with the Knights Foundation at your school or college, please feel free to contact the Knights office on  01904 767 404 or email Community Development Officer Jack Stearman at jack@ycknights.co.uk