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York City’s family room given a facelift
10:35am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
YORK City’s family room has been given a facelift thanks to a group of teenage volunteers.
The refurbishment was made possible by South Yorkshire-based organisation Flying Futures as part of the National Citizen Service – a Goverment-backed programme for 15 to 17-year-olds.
All 37 of the NCS recruits – the first to be signed up from York – followed a social action programme which required them to design, plan and execute a plan to improve a community facility or project.
Over half the group chose to revamp the former Smarties room at Bootham Crescent, which has been garishly decorated in the bright-coloured sweets long after the sponsorship agreement between the club and Nestlé came to an end.
The family room is predominantly used for children’s birthday parties and small school group visits but also hosts the match-day tuck shop, where young fans and any accompanying adults can buy hot and cold refreshments before games and during the half-time intervals with any profit generated invested into York City in the Community initiatives.
On the efforts of the NCS teenagers, City in the Community manager Paula Stainton said: “We are absolutely delighted with the family room and hope that you will visit to see for yourselves what the group of young people have achieved with a limited budget.
“It only took four days and shows what a lot of hard work can achieve in a very short space of time.”
City’s community team are now actively recruiting new volunteers for Flying Futures and anybody interested in upcoming programmes next month or in spring 2014 should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01904 559508.
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