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York City Football Club Foundation

Delivering quality football coaching, programmes and opportunities to all ages and abilities across North Yorkshire.

York City Football Club Foundation is the charity linked to York City Football Club and based at Bootham Crescent. The YCFC Foundation delivers high quality football coaching programmes and opportunities to all ages and abilities across North Yorkshire.

YCFC Foundation has developed dramatically since it began in early 2007, through its football in the community initiatives and has grown massively over the 8 years to deliver in well over 100 schools per year, seeing over 18000 young people and working with over 1500 people aged 3 to 83+… per week.

The foundation is led by the management team below with a number of permanent and part time/casual staff working across the programme:


Paula Stainton          Foundation Manager

Phil Smith                 Operations Manager

Mark Sherwood        Community Officer

Lawrence Pearson   YCFC Foundation Regional Talent Club Tier 1 & York City Ladies Technical Director

Junior Roberti           York City FC Futsal Technical Director  


The coaching team hold high levels coaching qualifications including UEFA B and FA youth modules 3,in addition all coaching staff holds minimum of FA Level 2 in football, all staff working towards their 1st4sport Level 3 in Supporting the delivery of Physical Education as well enhanced DBS disclosures; First Aid and Safeguarding Children certificates.

YCFC Foundation activities are driven by aims to increase sports participation, with coaches delivering football and education workshops within schools; offering holiday football courses and player development centres; and talent identification programmes. The Foundation has increased its focus over the last four years on programmes using football as a vehicle for reaching a wider community including women and girls, targeted young people and vulnerable adults, building the level of public benefit ready for the move to a Community Stadium. 

“The activities that the Foundation run are second to none. They offer quality coaching in a safe and secure setting, and base their coaching plan on improving the whole player, but in such a fun way.”

Jordan Burrow (YCFC Captain)