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Aug
30

Match Days in the Vere Suite

trust logo 003 wwfc our heritageThis season our table will be manned by the Trust directors on a rotational basis and you will therefore have the opportunity to talk to different directors prior to each home match.

For the next few matches:

  • Hartlepool UnitedSaturday 5 SeptemberMark Burrell and Nigel Kingston
  • Plymouth ArgyleSaturday 12 SeptemberGarry Heath and Dale Jenkins
  • Cambridge UnitedTuesday 29 September John Bignell and Martyn Broughton*

The table will be manned from 12.45pm to 2.45 pm on Saturdays and from 6pm to 7.30pm for evening matches.

As always, we will be pleased to discuss any topics including membership of the Trust and our very popular Community Share Scheme. Other Trust directors may well be around too .

* Martyn isn’t a Trust director, but is undertaking the role of Group Treasurer.


Aug
28

Grab a Sponsorship Opportunity

wwfc 1We are told there are still a few opportunities left to sponsor a player’s kit, the matchball or indeed the match itself.

Click on any of the following links to find out more or call 01494 455766 or email commercial@wwfc.com


Aug
20

Get Your Matchday Badges from Terry

We have had a great start to the season on the pitch – and off it where things are coming together quite nicely.

The sales of badges at Terry’s Badges stall have gone well and Terry will be be back in his usual place, just inside the Adams Park gates this season.

v HARTLEPOOLOn sale next will be the Matchday Badge for our game vs Hartlepool  If you missed either of the York City or Dagenham games, then he should still have some of these to sell. All these badges sell for £3 with all profits going to the WW Trust.

There are various other WWFC-theme related badges on sale as we featured in an earlier article on this website – see below

PLAY OFF FINALWe have commissioned Terry to produce and sell a special badge to commemorate the Wembley 2015 Play Off Final. It is hoped to have these on sale very soon. A number of people have said they will buy one to complete their set of badges for last season which was so memorable.

If you want to have a display frame for your badge collection then please see Terry at the stall. These are expected to cost £19 each.


Aug
18

250th Investor Joins Share Scheme

In just less than 5 months since the Trust’s Community Share Scheme was launched, we now have our 250th investor!

scan0018Trust member Jan Scutchings has invested £500 making their contribution to a fund that has now reached a committed level of £580k. Of that more than half has been banked and is already being put to good use.

The Share Scheme funds are being used by the Club to help stabilise their working capital position as well as providing a few items that could not otherwise have been afforded. These uses remain consistent with the published prospectus which stated the aims as being:

  • to provide a capital injection to re-finance the Club
  • to provide resources to improve the profitability of the business
  • to improve the attraction of Adams Park as an alternative event venue
  • to widen the community ownership of the Football club and its social benefit

The Share Scheme is set up so that anyone (subject to becoming a member of the WW Trust)  can invest at any level and if necessary over the next 5 years. We started off with a good number of members wanting to donate their £10 a year subscription EVERY 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.

Anyone wishing to pay monthly can start from as low as £5 a month – you can always increase the payments later! No share certificate is issued until the first £100 has been contributed.

With over 1000 members it would have been simple maths to calculate that if each one of them invested £2000 then we would soon have our target of £2m which would avoid us having to consider outside offers to buy the club.

Thanks to all who have paid in that sum whether in one go or have committed to it over the five years. Indeed we are grateful to every single member who has supported the scheme at whatever level they have paid in. Every little helps!

scan0015Click the link for the the Share Scheme application forms Share Offer Forms

Click on the next link for the brochure (pdf format) with more information Share Offer Brochure

Click here to read the Share Scheme brochure on screen with turning pages

Click this link for our dedicated website page which has more information

Any questions, then please email shares@wycombewandererstrust.com

ARE YOU GETTING YOUR SHARE?

Don’t leave it to somebody else. Support your club with whatever you can.


Aug
11

Badges Galore – on Sale

Terry Hall will be back at Adams Park this season manning the ‘Terry’s Badges’ stall which will be set up as before just inside the main gates.

He will be selling the Matchday Badges with those for York City, Fulham and Dagenham still on sale. Each badge costs just £3 with all profits going into the WW Trust funds.

WYCOMBE 12TH MANWYCOMBE CLUB COUNTRYAlso available will be a couple of new designs -the ‘12th Man’ and One Club One Country. These badges will also sell for £3.

You will also be able to view a badge frame (AFCW) so our collectors can see what Terry can do for those who have all of last season’s badges! Terry says he can supply these at £19 each.

If any WWFC supporters, who live far away and cannot get to the ground on Matchdays, want to buy any of these badges, please email alan@wycombewandererstrust.com and he will see what can be done to meet your needs.


Jul
30

Bus Service Resumes for the New Season

arrivaThe Football Club has issued the following news release this morning:

“Following the successful operation of the service last season, the bus will once again be available for home and away fans to gain simple, convenient access to the stadium from one of three pick-up points.

Based on a review of the pricing structure, there will now be a small charge for concessions as follows:

Adult return: £3
Adult single: £2
Concession return: £1.50
Concession single: £1

Fares are charged at the same rate regardless of where passengers board the service. Concessions are classed at under 16s and over 60s.

The service timetables are as follows:

Saturday service (for 3pm kick-offs)
Outbound:

  • Wycombe Railway Station – 13.05 and 14.05
  • Eden Bus Station – 13.15 and 14.15
  • Cressex Park & Ride – 13.25 and 14.25
  • Adams Park – 13.35 and 14.35

Return:

  • Adams Park – 17.10
  • Cressex Park & Ride – 17.20
  • Eden Bus Station – 17.30
  • Wycombe Railway Station – 17.40

Midweek service (for 7.45pm kick-offs)
Outbound:

  • Wycombe Railway Station – 17.50 and 18.50
  • Eden Bus Station – 18.00 and 19.00
  • Cressex Park & Ride – 18.10 and 19.10
  • Adams Park – 18.20 and 19.20

Return:

  • Adams Park – 21.45
  • Cressex Park & Ride – 21.55
  • Eden Bus Station – 22.05
  • Wycombe Railway Station – 22.15

Apr
9

A ‘Simple Guide’ to the WW Trust

trust logo 003 wwfc our heritageFollowing our recent AGM, 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 new Trust Director Dale Jenkins have 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
Garry Heath               garry@wycombewandererstrust.com
Dale Jenkins              dale@wycombewandererstrust.com
Nigel Kingston            nigel@wycombewandererstrust.com
Trevor Stroud              trevor@wycombewandererstrust.com
James Sumner             james@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...

Views of an Adams Park Visitor

15/08/2015

Level Playing Field encourages disabled supporters to leave feedback following their match day experience. They always pass the comments (good or bad) onto the club itself with their offer of help and advice if required. We have recently received the following comments from a York City fan who is a wheelchair user: “I previously ordered tickets over the phone directly from Wycombe [more…]

Anthony Mooney – R.I.P

05/08/2015

It is with sadness that we report the death this week of long time Wanderers supporter, season ticket holder, legacy trust member and hard working volunteer, Anthony Mooney. Here’s a picture of Anthony and Gareth from the end of season bash a few years ago when we were celebrating our promotion. Anthony had been a [more…]

News From The Boardroom – July 2015

02/08/2015

Wycombe Wanderers Trust held its regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday 22 July 2015. Football Club Update: The WWFC Chairman attended and gave a full update on matters relating to the Football Club. The trip to France had been a great success as a team bonding exercise and preparation for the new season. A half page advert [more…]

Supporters Direct Carry Our Success Story

01/08/2015

Supporters Direct exists “to help fans to set up democratic cooperatives (known as supporters’ trusts) to gain influence in the running and ownership of their clubs” They were naturally the first people we contacted when the chance came to take over the ownership of Wycombe Wanderers FC and they have given us tremendous help since then, [more…]

Great Work By The Volunteers!

28/07/2015

Since the 5th of July the volunteers working on the stadium have amassed a total of 120 days ( averaging 6 hours a day )  that is 720 hours of voluntary effort John Derben says: “I cannot begin to express my appreciation and grateful thanks on behalf of the Football Club for this significant contribution. Well done all those supporters who have worked [more…]

Feedback From An Investor

28/07/2015

One recent investor into the WW Trust Share Scheme has written the following to us: It’s a pleasure to support the club in this way It may be of interest to know that for me the EIS tax relief was a great inducement to invest Thank you or whoever for organising the scheme in this [more…]

Please Help With Poster Display

28/07/2015

Posters like these (both in A3 and A4 sizes) are now available from the Adams Park Information Centre and we would like to see them going up around the many towns from where our support is drawn. Pubs, shops, hairdressers, take away shops are good places if you can get their permission to display one. Alternatively display [more…]

Information from Trust Members Forum 7th July

08/07/2015

Here are the slides from the Trust Members Forum on Tuesday night Forum Slides 070715 Plus the Q&A that followed MM Q&A 2015