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May
24

Just A Few Days Left to Get Best Discount on Season Ticket

The Trust would encourage every supporter that can to buy/renew a season ticket before the end of May.

If you do so, then not only do you get the cheapest prices but also help the club’s finances by early payment. Don’t forget there is also a 10-month payment plan this season with Zebra Finance.

Click here for full information from the club’s official website


May
12

Trust Board Appointment

David Smith 2Trust 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 a voluntary basis for the last four years and, through his previous firm, has advised us on some of our bigger projects.

David replaces James Sumner, who has recently resigned, and we thank James for his contribution whilst he was on the Board.

More information about David Smith and the rest of the Trust Board members can be found here


May
12

Share Scheme Update re Certificates

150 certsEvery investor (subject to having paid in the £100 minimum) in the Trust Share Scheme should by now have received their first (or even second) share certificate.

Most of you have taken advantage of claiming 30% of your investment back by way of tax relief, so we had to wait for the claim forms to arrive from HMRC. Those forms have now been received and were completed by hand before being sent out to you.

Anyone who has not received their share certificate and EIS tax relief claim form is asked to contact us by email at shares@wycombewandererstrust.com

It is not too late for any other Wanderers fan to join in with a lump sum, or either annual or monthly payments over a 5 year period. Go to http://www.wycombewandererstrust.com/share-offer for the information you need and the form to complete.

Any questions again please email shares@wycombewandererstrust.com


May
7

Thanks to the Badge Buyers

WYCOMBE 12TH MANThe 2015-16 season has been our best yet in terms of funds raised from the sale of Matchday and other WWFC themed badges.

The magnificent sum of £3376 has been raised for Trust funds which as always go to support the football club.

Terry's badgesMassive thanks are due to Terry Hall of Terry’s Badges www.terrysbadges.co.uk plus his various assistants who help out when we have a fixture clash with Terry’s first choice (AFCW) or when he is away ground-hopping.

The good news is that Terry and co will be back at Adams Park next season but if there is anything you want in the meantime, then please contact him via his website

WYCOMBE Keep the faithThanks to all our fans who buy these badges and to our visiting supporters who usually also make a significant contribution.

Keep the Faith!


Apr
20

Invest in the Present and Future of YOUR CLUB Please

scan0018Watch this video and then join the 300 Wycombe Wanderers fans by investing in your 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


Apr
20

Rhino and Robbo Get On Their Bikes for Prostate Cancer Charity

RyanWanderers legend Keith Ryan is jumping in the saddle to represent the club on the ride to Amsterdam for Prostate Cancer UK this summer.

The former club captain, who scored 50 goals in 517 games across a 15-year spell at Adams Park, has signed up to represent the Chairboys on the ‘Football to Amsterdam’ challenge, raising funds for the Football League’s Official Charity Partner, Prostate Cancer UK.

David RobertonRhino will be joined by supporter and Trust director David Roberton on the two-day adventure, which starts at the Olympic Stadium on 3rd June and ends in the Dutch capital 145 miles later, with a ferry crossing at Harwich in the middle.

Click here to sponsor Keith Ryan
Click here to sponsor David Roberton
Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated. No pressure or expectation, but every little helps!

Mar
26

Are YOU Getting Your Share? (Updated 26.3.16)

scan0018If you are one of the 290+ 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 12 months since the Share Scheme was launched, there has been a terrific response from our members and with £717k now committed, we are already more than 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 £372k 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

 


Feb
10

Please Help Promote The Adams Park Facilities

Vere SuiteAdams 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 hourly rate.

Honours LoungeClick on this link Conference Centre 201516 for full details.

Bear your club’s home in mind for any function you may wish to hold and please pass this onto your friends and business colleagues.

Contact Lisa Belcher, Conference Centre Co-ordinator on 01494 455703 to arrange a booking or email lisa.belcher@wwfc.com


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...

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…]

Notes from April Trust Board Meeting

05/05/2016

The Trust Board met recently towards the end of April for their monthly meeting. The previous minutes were signed off and a financial update was provided by Group Finance Director Mark Burrell. This discussion mainly concerned the control of the club’s cashflow with us still unable to secure a Bank overdraft to cover the irregular nature [more…]

Trust Directors Pledge Their Support

15/04/2016

The Trust Directors have personally sponsored the home shirt of Luke O’Nien this season and a good number of them were present at the Kit Sponsors Dinner on Tuesday night. Pictured (l to r) with Luke are John Bignell, Dale Jenkins, Alan Cecil, Colin Treacher, Mark Burrell and Trevor Stroud. Thanks to Prime Media Images [more…]

Fans Council Launch New Marquee at Adams Park

13/04/2016

Wanderers fans will have access to a brand-new facility at Adams Park on Saturday following the creation of a new bar conceived by a group of supporters. The newly-formed ‘Fans Council‘ – which comprises of members of the fanbase plus representatives from the club and Trust – met for the first time in March and [more…]

Trust Board Minutes – March 2016

10/04/2016

The Trust Board recently met for its monthly board meeting on Wednesday 30th March. Our finance Director Mark Burrell talked through the accounts. Season ticket details have been released for next year and early season ticket sales will be a great help. £3,000 was raised at the recent fundraising evening in aid of the Prostate [more…]

Happy First Birthday To Our Share Scheme

18/03/2016

Yes, it’s a year since we launched the Community Share Scheme, so it’s 1-year-old this week. Let’s look at a few questions – has it worked, what has it achieved, how much has it raised, has it helped the Club, what has the money been spent on? Let me try and answer these and also [more…]

Wycombe Wanderers Show Racism the Red Card!

16/03/2016

As you may already be aware, Wycombe Wanderers FC and Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust are both supporting the Kick It Out organisation’s “Season of Action” campaign which aims to reduce the levels of discrimination in and around football. It does this by acting as a focal point for professional clubs, grassroots teams, community [more…]

Prostate Cancer Fundraising Event – Saturday 5th March

03/03/2016

Keith Ryan and David Roberton will be representing Wycombe Wanderers in the London2Amsterdam Cycle Ride taking place in June of 2016. “Rhino” and “Robbo” are launching their fund raising exercise with a special fans night in the Vere Suite at Adams Park on Saturday 5th March. All proceeds going to Prostate Cancer UK – the [more…]

Changes to Trust and FALL Boards (UPDATED 25.2.16)

25/02/2016

Board Changes  Colin Treacher has been appointed as Vice Chairman of the Trust and will also continue as Company Secretary. Garry Heath has resigned from the boards of the Trust and Frank Adams Legacy Limited (FALL) because of his business and other commitments (and for no other reason). Garry contributed very significantly to our fund [more…]

Fans Council to launch in March

24/02/2016

Wycombe Wanderers Trust are delighted to announce the launch of a Fans Council – please see the below post detailing the purpose and what you need to do to get involved: “Hello Chairboys & Chairgirls, We are delighted to announce that we will be holding our first Fans Council meeting on the evening of Tuesday [more…]