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Aug
23

‘Finally We Can Go For Lift-Off’ – WWFC Chairman Speaks to the Football League Paper

Football league paper 210816On Sunday the Football League Paper carried an article by Paul Eddison following an interview given to him by Wycombe Wanderers Club Chairman Andrew Howard.

Click on this link Football League Paper Article 210816 to read or on the photograph to the right

Click here to read a similar interview given by Andrew to ‘Get Bucks’

 


Aug
19

‘Question of Sport’ Charity Dinner at AP – 3rd November

QoS dinnerWycombe Wanderers are hosting the inaugural Buckinghamshire “Question of Sport” Charity Dinner  at Adams Park on Thursday November 3rd in aid of the Rennie Grove Hospice Care charity.

The format of the night is a fantastic interactive sports quiz along with a three course dinner, auction and raffle and is being attended by leaders of the business community and their colleagues from High Wycombe. Celebrity guests will be announced later.

Attached here QoS dinner. is a form with all of the information and the club would love to see you there if you wish to take a table. Many businesses are using this as an early Christmas get together prior to the madness of December!

There is a discount on the price if you book your place(s) or even a full table of 10 by the 30th September.


Aug
17

WWFC’s Disabled Parking Policy Published and Explained

Due to a few issues last season, the club felt the need to review and revise its policy for disabled persons car parking.

Click here to read the revised policy which contains instructions on how to secure parking for disabled supporters and/or their carer/driver.


Aug
16

Dorothy ‘Got Her Share’….and Her Shares Live On!

Dorothy Carpenter 1926-2016Towards the end of June, one of Wycombe Wanderers eldest fans sadly passed away.

Dorothy Carpenter from Stokenchurch was ninety years old and registered blind and this picture was taken of her last Christmas in her favourite WWFC t-shirt – aged 90.
Due to her age and blindness, Dorothy didn’t attend games (apart from the Trophy Final in 91), but she would always be ready in her armchair at 3 o’clock waiting for the commentary to start on Chairboys Player. Before that, in the nineties she would sit by a crackly old MW radio listening to the commentary on 1170 with Alan Hutchinson.

Her son tells that that she was totally behind Wycombe Wanderers, ever the optimist and wouldn’t let anyone say a bad word about them.

A presentation ahead of the Sky Bet League 2 match between Wycombe Wanderers and Grimsby Town at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England on 13 August 2016. Photo by David Horn.

Photo by David Horn.

When the Share Scheme was launched Dorothy had no hesitation in helping the club out.The rules of the Share Scheme allow the Trust Board to consider and approve any transfer of shares and we are pleased to allow for these to be transferred to her son Stephen, himself already a Share Scheme investor in his own right.

The picture above on the right, shows Stephen Carpenter receiving a new certificate representing his late mum’s shares, now transferred to him, from Share Scheme Administrator and Trust Director Alan Cecil. They are also displaying one of the new Anthem Jackets which bears the names of the first 150 investors into the Share Scheme. Click here to see how to order one for yourself

ARE YOU GETTING YOUR SHARE?  Click here for more details on how to join the 310+ fans who have done so.


Aug
14

More Work Dates For the Volunteer PALS

IMAG0326Work to keep Adams Park in good condition never stops! Much of this is done by our volunteer group – the ‘Wycombe PALS’, who are always open to newcomers to join them.

John Derben has arranged with the Stadium Manager for two more work days on Sunday Sept 11th and Sunday Oct 9th.

The work to be done will mainly be gardening, cutting down and clearing the grass banks behind the terrace and the Frank Adams stand.

The usual routine 9.30am to 4.00pm will operate. Come when you can!

Lunch will be provided and you do not need any tools.

Please let John know if you can come  by calling him on 01494 441145 or email j.derben123@btinternet.com


Aug
10

Are YOU Getting Your Share? (Updated 10.8.16)

scan0018If you are one of the 310+ Wycombe Wanderers Trust members who have already signed up to support the Community Share Scheme, then we wish to say a big thank-you!

In just over 14 months since the Share Scheme was launched, there has been a terrific response from our members and with £733k now committed, we are already well over one third of the way towards our target.

We set ourselves a target to raise £2,000,000 over 5 years “to improve the capital base of the Trust in order for it to invest in its assets WWFC and FALL” by using a community share structure to:

  • Ensure the club remains in fans’ ownership with the provision of a capital injection to re-finance the Football Club
  • Provide resources to improve the profitability of the business and the management structure of the Football Club
  • Invest in improved conference and matchday facilities to improve the attraction of Adams Park as an alternative event venue
  • Widen the community ownership of the Football Club and its social benefit

Already we are seeing the benefits of the £442k of Share Scheme money that has been banked, with the Football Club finances heading towards a more stable position and a number of visible improvements being made around the stadium. These will continue as more funds come in.

The Share Scheme is set up so that anyone can invest at any level and if necessary spread their payments over the next 5 years.

We started off with a good number of members wanting to donate their £10 a year subscription EACH MONTH and most of those people have now turned those donations into share purchases to build up a good number of shares over the coming five years.

At the outset it was a simple calculation that if 1000 members each were able to invest £2000, then we would quickly and easily reach our target. Thanks to those who have put in a ‘lump sum’ – some have invested £2000, some have paid more and some less but all are much appreciated.

If we are to continue to ensure Community ownership, then we do need to keep progressing towards our target and hence this message is now being put out to our membership.

So Are YOU Getting Your Share?

Do please consider if you can help in anyway by either setting up a 5-year payment plan (monthly or annually) or by donating a one-off payment of whatever you can. The minimum investment is £100 and the maximum is £100,000.

If you can, then the forms are on our website page –click here – where you can also find the brochure and all the associated background information.

Any questions can be emailed to shares@wycombewandererstrust.com

We believe that by raising extra capital through these Community Shares to invest in the Club, we can turn a business that has traditionally lost money into one built on firm foundations making a profit and make sure the Club remains owned by you, the fans.

Many thanks for any help you can give.

NIgel KingstonTrust Directors will be at the Trust Table before each home game to receive your application or to answer any questions.

Nigel Kingston
Chairman – Share Issue Marketing Group

 


Aug
4

Zero-Tolerance On The Use of Pyrotechnics Inside Adams Park On Matchdays.

Adams Park 2The Trust wholeheartedly supports the statement issued today by the Football Club whereby it reiterated its zero-tolerance policy in relation to the use of pyrotechnics inside the stadium on matchdays.

Click here to read the full club statement.

We call upon all Trust members and indeed all Wanderers fans to take heed of this policy statement and we hope that it will not be necessary for it to be enforced.


Jun
7

‘Get Active’ – Every Wednesday Lunchtime at Adams Park

GET-ACTIVE-212x300Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust (“WWSET”) are running a fun fitness/get active session every Wednesday at Adams Park between 12.15pm and 1.15pm for just £2 per session.

This is for anyone who wants to get active or fit. WWSET are offering it to the local community to raise health levels, but also we are offering places to anyone who is involved or working for the club.

If you wish to join in, just turn up

All further information you can find on the WWSET Website- www.wwset.co.uk/get-active-adams-park/

 


Apr
20

Invest in the Present and Future of YOUR CLUB Please

scan0018Watch this video and then join more than 300 Wycombe Wanderers fans who are investing in their club via the Trust’s Share Scheme.

(Track: Love Runs Out by One Republic.)

Every little helps but there is a feel good factor amongst those who have signed up to do their bit!

Share Offer Forms    Share Offer Brochure


Feb
6

A ‘Simple Guide’ to the WW Trust – Updated 6.2.16

trust logo 003 wwfc our heritageFollowing the AGM in February 2015, some members were asking for clarification on what are the separate responsibilities and duties of the Trust and of the Football Club.

A small group from the Trust Board, led by the then new Trust Director Dale Jenkins put together the following which we hope will be useful:

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The Basic Structure

Wycombe Wanderers Trust took over Wycombe Wanderers Football Club on 29th June 2012 from Steve Hayes.

Wycombe Wanderers Trust owns Wycombe Wanderers FC (the trading entity) and Adams Park as separate entities.

Features

  • Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board is made up of the following directors:

John Bignell                  johnbig@wycombewandererstrust.com
Mark Burrell               mark@wycombewandererstrust.com
Alan Cecil                   alan@wycombewandererstrust.com
David Cook                 dave@wycombewandererstrust.com
John Derben                john@wycombewandererstrust.com
Dale Jenkins              dale@wycombewandererstrust.com
Nigel Kingston            nigel@wycombewandererstrust.com
David Roberton          david@wycombewandererstrust.com
David Smith                 dsmith@wycombewandererstrust.com
Trevor Stroud              trevor@wycombewandererstrust.com
Colin Treacher            colin@wycombewandererstrust.com

  • Ownership of Adams Park (professionally assessed at £7million) is held within Frank Adams Legacy Limited (“FALL”). There is a separate FALL Board, currently under reconstruction.
  • Most major debts of the Trust sit under FALL, secured by charges on Adams Park, but Wycombe Wanderers Trust also has some debts to pay.
  • Wycombe Wanderers Trust relies on rental income from WWFC (the trading entity) to gradually pay down its creditors and loans via FALL (for example remaining Steve Hayes repayments, Chairboys Funders interest).
  • No takeover or change in ownership can proceed without 75% approval from all Legacy Members.
  • Legacy Members are members who are in their fourth (at least) consecutive year of holding a season ticket. Legacy membership is retained in future years as long as season ticket holding continues. There are approximately 570 Legacy Members at present.
  • A uniquely structured members club; one of only four fan owned clubs in the Football League.
  • Wycombe Wanderers Trust became a Community Benefit Society during 2014 as this allows us to raise capital by selling shares to our members (see under Functions, below).
  • Our full registered name is Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Group Limited. We had to adopt this name as part of the process of registering as a society, but we have kept Wycombe Wanderers Trust as our day to day trading name for everyone’s convenience.

Wycombe Wanderers Trust does not run the football club.

  • Wycombe Wanderers Football Club controls all income from footballing matters and the use of Adams Park on matchdays and non-matchdays.
  • Wycombe Wanderers Football Club’s operations are managed by Andrew Howard (WWFC Chairman) and its employees.
  • Only the Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board can appoint and remove individuals from and to the WWFC club board (WWFC’s Club Board is made up of Andrew Howard, Ivor Beeks, Mark Burrell, Trevor Stroud and David Cook).

Functions

Since Wycombe Wanderers Trust, and its Board, does not run the football club, the Trust’s job is to create an environment which will help WWFC to succeed.

This is done in a number of ways:

  • Providing governance over its subsidiary companies – WWFC and FALL – and also support WWSET– our Community Trust which has charity status.
  • Providing support to WWFC, for example volunteer forces to reduce costs; aiding and assisting WWFC’s employees through “WWFC PALS” as and when required.
  • Undertaking other fundraising initiatives, for example sale of matchday badges and voluntary Trust member initiatives – to raise income.
  • Communicating with members via emails, members meetings and visibility. Trust board directors will be held to account by Trust members and a third of the Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board directors retire by rotation at each AGM.
  • Seeking to grow and expand our membership and therefore widen the fan ownership base in the community, particularly the younger and the future generation of supporters.
  • Ensure members are consulted about and vote on the designated key issues affecting the football club (listed in the Trust Rules on the Wycombe Wanderers Trust website).
  • Raising funds via the Share Scheme – to secure the working capital to allow Wycombe Wanderers Football Club to move towards breakeven (or a small profit) and allow the football club to pay its rent as scheduled to pay down remaining debts/ loans.

Other News...

Please Help Promote The Adams Park Facilities

10/08/2016

Adams Park has excellent conference and banqueting facilities available for hire for a great variety of functions including meetings and exhibitions Many of the function rooms can be arranged in a number of ways to suit your individual needs and are available for half or full day. The Executive Boxes can be hired on an [more…]

Terry’s Badges are back this season.

09/08/2016

Terry Hall is back at Adams Park this coming season with his badges stall.  http://www.terrysbadges.co.uk/ If you want to buy a frame in which to keep your badge collection from last season, then Terry can supply one for just £20. Click on this pic to enlarge. There will also be an opportunity to buy any badges you [more…]

Trust Directors Get Behind Luke Again

02/08/2016

Having agreed to sponsor newcomer Luke O’Nien this time last year when he was a virtual unknown, your Trust Directors have again put their hands in their pockets to sponsor his home shirt for the coming season. At the recent open training and photo session, some of the Trust Board members were able to be [more…]

‘Scores’ becomes ‘Monty’s’

15/07/2016

Work has finally been completed this week to rename the Scores Bar after the club’s 102 year old President – Monty Seymour, which celebrates and recognizes his 50 years of holding that office. Monty’s was formally reopened today as the club has reported here 

Jordon Ibe – Trust Statement

14/07/2016

The Trust notes with great interest the announcement today of Jordon’s transfer to AFC Bournemouth, and wish him well in his move to the Vitality Stadium. We know that Trust members will be very keen to know more about what Jordon’s move means for Wycombe Wanderers in financial terms, and how it might affect our [more…]

Trust Board Minutes – June

26/06/2016

The Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board recently met for their monthly update meeting. Finance: Mark Burrell led an update on the financial position of the club which is under close scrutiny, with our balance sheet being in its best position for some time. Share Scheme: Marketing ideas were discussed (more news on this soon!) We have [more…]

EFL Trophy Statement

23/06/2016

Wycombe Wanderers can clarify its stance on the change in format of the EFL (formerly Johnstone’s Paint) Trophy for the 2016/17 season. At the recent EFL AGM, clubs were asked to cast their vote in relation to the introduction of 16 Premier League academy sides into the competition, on a one-season pilot basis. Wanderers’ vote [more…]

Volunteer to join the PALS on July 9th Please?

16/06/2016

It is that time again – although some of the seat cleaning was done prior to the England Womens         International on the 4th June and thanks go to those who turned out mid week to do that. However we need to finish the job as well as completing other maintenance work around the ground, mainly gardening, tidying up [more…]

Football Governance (Supporters Participation) Bill – No further progress!

13/05/2016

Regular readers here will know that we have been monitoring the progress of this (and similar) bills through Parliament in the last couple of years. Progress of any Private Members Bill is difficult and many do not get given any time for debate. However there was some progress on the Football Governance (Supporters’ Participation) Bill 2015-16 [more…]

Trust Board Appointment

12/05/2016

Trust member David Smith has been co-opted onto the Board until the next AGM. David is a practising corporate lawyer with over 35 years experience of advising public and private companies, and “legal” is a skill we have been looking to add to the Board. We know David well as he has assisted us on [more…]