YORK City Knights Foundation have announced a new fundraising initiative.

The 1868 Club has been set up to support the work of the Knights' Foundation across York and North Yorkshire.

The Foundation works across the area delivering programmes for people aged four to 84 in activities ranging from schools coaching to heritage and wellbeing.

A Foundation spokesperson added: "Each year we touch the lives of over 10,000 people and, with the mission of ‘supporting communities and changing lives’, we have ambitions to grow the reach of our work even further.

"Your support will help us meet these ambitions."

Knights general manager Neil Gulliver said: "We see the 1868 Club as another important strand of not only maintaining the sustainability of the Foundation but securing its ongoing growth.

"Over the last few years our work has grown dramatically to include women and girls, disability, heritage and a player development pathway to go alongside our excellent work in the schools and community.

"The Foundation has an excellent reputation and we are hoping through this initiative we will be able to extend the reach and depth of our work.

"For less than the price of a pint of beer a week you can help the Foundation to support the growth of the game in our area."

In order to sign up to the 1868 Club, pledge £150 or more each year to the Foundation.

In return, supporters will be acknowledged on the Foundation pages of the York City Knights Website and will receive an 1868 Club Certificate, a quarterly newsletter of the Foundations work in the community as well as two hospitality tickets each year to a game at the LNER Community Stadium.

For more information or to sign up, phone Neil Gulliver on 01904 876527 or n.gulliver@yorkcityknights.com

To donate, visit the donation page paypal.com/gb/fundraiser/112574636177901026/charity/3186818.