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Sep
18

THE 500 CLUB: YOUR CHANCE TO FUND NEW SIGNINGS!

flyer-1Wycombe Wanderers are excited to launch a new initiative designed to strengthen the bond with its loyal supporters even further and help to maximise the club’s potential on the pitch.

The 500 Club presents the opportunity for fans to contribute to a transfer fund to be spent on new signings – either loan or permanent – during the January transfer window, strengthening the club’s chances of success in the second half of the season.

The target is £75,000, made up of pledges of £150 from 500 supporters, each of whom have the chance to win exclusive prizes in a series of draws, which could include meet and greet opportunities, behind-the-scenes tours and signed merchandise. These contributions can be made via a direct debit of £12.50 per month, or a one-off payment.

Club chairman Andrew Howard said:

“To succeed in football requires passion, belief, hard work and determination, and these are all attributes the management, players and staff have in abundance.

It also takes money, and although the club and Trust have made great strides, we still have debt, and like any football club, we will always require investment.  We have pushed our budget to the limit this season in the real hope and belief that we can, and will, achieve great things, and that has to remain our primary focus.

We have entered the 2016/17 campaign stronger financially than we have at any point under fan ownership, and while the survival and sustainability of the club is our number one priority, we want to give the management staff the best possible chance of moving us forward on the pitch, and that means widening the funds they have available to spend on players. In short, the bigger the budget, the better our chances of success.”

The 500 Club is an initiative devised and implemented by the Football Club, Trust and Fans Council in unison, and each member will receive a beautifully presented limited edition squad signed photograph, together with an invitation to an exclusive end of season event with the players.

Fans can sign up to the 500 Club in one of two ways, either by monthly direct debit or as a one off payment. Full details are available on the 500 Club website: http://www.500wanderers.co.uk


Sep
18

Trust Directors Talk Through Their Roles – 2

David Smith 1Here we hear from David Smith – who was co-opted onto the Trust Board to fill a vacancy earlier this year. The following was published in the Stevenage match programme on Saturday.

“As the most recently appointed Trust director I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce myself and outline the contribution I hope I make to the successful operation of the Trust and, ultimately, the football club.

I am a solicitor and have been a partner in London-based firms since 1985. My practice focuses on advising companies, public and private, on their business activities – whether that is raising capital, buying other companies or being taken over by them, or general day-to-day legal compliance issues.

Having advised the Trust informally for a number of years, particularly on governance issues, I was delighted when I was invited earlier this year to fill a vacancy on the Trust board itself. Since then I have had the privilege of advising members of the Board on various legal issues, including for example the formal relationship between the Trust, the club and Frank Adams Legacy Limited (through which the Trust owns Adams Park), the financial ramifications of Jordon Ibe’s transfer from Liverpool to Bournemouth, potential fund raising activities, and on how freely the Trust is able to discuss publicly matters relating to the club.

I have lived in the Wycombe area for nearly 30 years and started following the club in 1999. As the father of two young children I was immediately impressed by the focus the club placed on family and community involvement and as I came to know the club better, I came to appreciate the tremendous history of the club and the importance of that history to the supporters, the club, and the community in which it is rooted. I firmly believe that the money which has poured into the upper reaches of the game in the last 20 years has distorted the relationship between many football clubs and their communities; clubs like ours have an opportunity to show the way to others in maintaining those relationships and demonstrating that the game doesn’t have to be just about money.

But of course we can only show that way forward by surviving and flourishing, on and off the field, and while the cash that has swamped the upper divisions has enabled the larger clubs to flourish financially, it has also caused enormous difficulties for clubs such as ours. The fan ownership model gives us a large – and valuable – level of independence, which I believe we must cherish, but puts enormous pressures on all involved with the club. As a corporate finance lawyer I am well used to looking at the financial condition of companies and advising boards of directors on their duties and responsibilities and I believe my experience complements well the range of backgrounds and skills possessed by the other members of the Trust board.

The Trust and the club are maturing after four seasons of fan ownership, but the environment in which we operate is changing rapidly, and so are the challenges we face. I believe that the club is fortunate now to be able to face those challenges under the ownership of its fans through the Trust, and I have been impressed by the dedication, commitment and application of the other members of the Trust board and the many other volunteers who help to keep the club operating effectively. I hope that my legal background will add value to the role of the Trust, and assist the Trust, and the club, in overcoming the many challenges that lie ahead.”


Sep
12

You Can Pre-Order Your Anthem Jacket

anthem-jacketWanderers fans can now pre-order an anthem jacket, as worn by the team as they walk out from the tunnel before every match.

The jackets were launched this summer and feature the names of the first 150 investors into the Wycombe Wanderers Trust share scheme, which has now raised a lot of much needed working capital for the club.
To pre-order, simply fill out a form in the shop or call 01494 441118 and pay the sum of £49.99. The jackets are expected to be available in early-December. There are some samples in the shop for you to try on for size.
(Photo by Prime Media Images)

Sep
3

Trust Directors talk through their roles

This season each Trust Director is writing a piece explaining their specific role.

Below is the edition included in the programme vs Colchester United on August 20th.

Luke O'Nien with sponsors during the Wycombe Wanderers Player Sponsors End of Season Dinner at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England on 12 April 2016. Photo by David Horn / PRiME Media Images.

Photo by David Horn / PRiME Media Images.

Trust Director Dale Jenkins Talks Through His Role

After having served for 18 months on the Trust Board I can already reflect on an exciting, enjoyable experience where I have learnt a lot. It was a proud moment to have been elected by a Trust membership that owns this great football club that we all love, and I will do my best to represent those members at board level.

My primary responsibilities have revolved around Trust communications: keeping the website and social media updated with the latest Trust news. This includes publishing recent Board minutes, bringing items of agenda to the attention of our members and listening to the feedback of supporters. One of my first ideas was to draw together a Trust guide: it is important for fans to know what we do, and what our purpose is. It is also often about finding a balance: we may not always be able to tell fans everything, even some things we may want to because of confidentiality clauses, but the key is we communicate as often and as much as we can, which everyone has bought into.

To be a successful supporter owned club it is imperative to listen to the views of the fan base and I try to raise many points that are made online or in person on match days in board meetings so those views are represented. I may not always agree with everything I read or am told but it is key to pass on what supporters and members alike are thinking – already a number of suggestions have led to a change in practices at the club, for the better.

More recently the Fans Council initiative has been launched with the support of a group of supporters who have had a chance to interact with members of both the Trust and Football Club board. The council has already raised some interesting ideas and projects for the future, I’m sure it will perform an important role in the overall structure moving forwards so please get involved if you think you have some ideas or suggestions to offer.

It was a fantastic start to raise over £700,000 for the share scheme and I am now part of a marketing group which have been coming up with initiatives to encourage further investment. It has also been very inspirational to see more closely just how hard-working the club staff are, and how they go above and beyond the call of duty so often for so many.

The Club Chairman, who also owns his own company, embodies the vision and drive that runs through the staff here. They are ably supported by an excellent volunteer network in PALS: a football club with fairly modest resources achieves so much that might not first meet the eye.

The aim of raising £2million for the share scheme over five years was a target to get the finances on a sounder footing. The tireless of work of staff, volunteers and the generosity of our supporters already have us well on our way.

It has been great to see how this has been achieved thanks to everyone’s hard work – and it makes those on-pitch moments such as your current manager punching in a last minute equaliser against your Essex rivals all the more special!

Come on you Blues!


Sep
1

OWWSA – Dates for your diaries

OWWSAOfficial Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Association (“OWWSA”) have published the following list of social and fundraising events for this season:
OWWSA AGM – Thursday 13th October

Race Night – Friday 11th November

Quiz Night – Friday 13th January

Annual Dinner – Friday 10th March

All events start at 7:30
Enquiries to Sandie Derben 01494 441145


Sep
1

Are YOU Getting Your Share? (Updated 15.9.16)

scan0018If you are one of the 314 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 £735k 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 £447k 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
29

Trust AGM – Wednesday 30th November

The Trust Annual General Meeting this year will be on the evening of Wednesday 30 November in the Vere Suite.

There will also be two supporting events:

* Members will have an opportunity to meet the election candidates prior to the Hartlepool match on Saturday 26 November, also in the Vere Suite.

* There will be a Finance Forum on the evening of Thursday 8 December, in Monty’s, for members seeking a greater understanding of the accounts or wishing to have any questions answered on a one-to-one basis.

More details on all of the above will follow nearer the time.


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
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


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/

 


Other News...

Invest in the Present and Future of YOUR CLUB Please

20/04/2016

Watch 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

Pete Sheridan – R.I.P

28/08/2016

The Trust lost one of its Legacy Members recently with the sad death of Peter Sheridan who passed away on Saturday 16th August at the age of 74. ‘Pete’ had been a Wanderers supporter for many many years, He usually socialized in the Vere Suite before games and was a regular traveller to away games with the Wycombe Wanderers [more…]

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

23/08/2016

On 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’ [more…]

WWFC’s Disabled Parking Policy Published and Explained

17/08/2016

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.

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

16/08/2016

Towards 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 [more…]

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…]

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

04/08/2016

The 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 [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…]