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Jul
21

Get Your Promotion Badge

Yes it’s not too late to carry on celebrating promotion for the Chairboys from League 2 to League 1 which was achieved with a game to spare at the end of April and celebrated with the Party at the Park on May 5th.

Terry’s Badges stall will be back at Adams Park for this coming season and amongst his stock of WWFC – themed badges will be this special one as seen on the right. 

As with all the badges, this one will be on sale for just £3 with all profits donated to help the Club.

See Terry’s stall in the lower car park before the first game vs Blackpool on Saturday 4th August.


Jul
5

IMPORTANT: Change to the Trust Community Share Scheme

I am writing to you to let you know of an important recent development regarding our Community Share Scheme.

We have been informed by HMRC that shares to be issued under the Community Share Scheme will no longer qualify for tax relief under the Enterprise Investment Scheme, or EIS.

HMRC would have been within their rights to withdraw EIS relief in respect of shares issued under the Scheme since late 2015. However, because we approached HMRC with our concerns on this matter, rather than it emerging in an HMRC audit, HMRC has confirmed that, as a concession, they will not look to withdraw relief retrospectively. This means that EIS 3 certificates issued up until 5 April 2018 will remain valid and those shareholders can continue to claim tax relief on their existing investment. 

However, we are, regrettably, no longer able to make EIS relief available for future share issues.

A considerable number of investors under our Community Share Scheme invest on a regular basis. We will be writing to them shortly, to enquire whether they wish to make any change to their current payment instructions.

Shares in the Community Share Scheme are issued quarterly; no new shares have been issued since 6 April this year, and we were due to issue the next round of shares after the end of June. Shareholders who have paid for shares in that period will therefore not yet have received their shares and, because of this change, will no longer qualify for EIS relief on their investment. We will of course be contacting those shareholders individually as soon as we can with an offer to return their monies in full if they wish.

The Trust Board was in any event due to consider the future of the Community Share Scheme as we approach the end of our initial 5-year plan, and these changed circumstances will mean that we will do so as soon as we can. Despite the Club’s recent success on the field, it remains the case that ownership of a lower league football club is a financially precarious occupation. Many other clubs have owners with deep pockets who can underwrite losses and make substantial investment with a view to improving their teams’ chances of success; to enable Wycombe Wanderers to remain competitive in the medium to long term, the Trust, as the Club’s immediate owner, needs to be able to do the same. Until further notice, therefore, the Community Share Scheme will remain open for subscription, the only difference to the initial terms being the inability for investors to claim EIS relief on new investments.

The Community Share Scheme has been one very important way in which Trust members, as the Club’s ultimate owners, have enabled us to support the Club financially in recent years. The Trust directors, and indeed the Club directors, are very grateful to those investors who have to date invested over £600,000 since the scheme was launched. We will continue to work with the Club directors to ensure that they have access to the necessary financial support to maintain the recent progress, both on and off the field, whether through initiatives such as the Community Share Scheme, the 500 Club, or any other ways of raising sustainable long-term finance.

If you have any queries as to how you may be affected by the withdrawal of EIS relief on future share issues, please contact us via our special email address shares@wycombewandererstrust.com

With best wishes – and here’s to a great season in League 1!

Trevor Stroud
Chairman
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Group Limited


Jul
5

Can You Please Help at Adams Park on Sunday 22nd July?

It is that time of year again to clean the seats.
 
We are focusing all our efforts on the Frank Adams Stand and the Family Stand on Sunday 22nd July and need your help.
 
I know it is a challenging job but very necessary if we are to keep up our high standards.
 
We begin at 9:30, lunch is provided as are rags and buckets. We generally finish around 15:00.
 
I hope you are able to help, if so please contact John on 01494 441145 or j.derben123@btinternet.com
 
Thanks on behalf of John Derben (WWFC PALS Co-ordinator)

May
9

GDPR Privacy Statement

Following the recent advice on the Club’s approach to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25th May 2018, the following Privacy Statement has been agreed, which also covers information held by The Trust about its members:

Privacy Statement   Click on that link to read

Anyone having any concern in relation to data that might be held by the Club, against their name, should contact the General Manager,  in writing, at Adams Park, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP12 4HJ


Apr
5

General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)

On 25th May 2018, a new Data Privacy law is being introduced, bringing the UK in line with European legislation.

Under GDPR, every individual whose data is held, has the following rights:

  • the right to be informed about the collection and use of their personal data. 
  • the right of access to their personal data and any supplementary information.
  • the right to have personal data rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete
  • the right to enable an individual to request the deletion or removal of personal data
  • the right of individuals to obtain and reuse their personal data for their own purposes
  • the right to object to processing based on legitimate interests or direct marketing
  • the rights relating to making a decision solely by automated means

 

This explanatory statement covers the following data held by Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Group Ltd (“WWSGL”), Wycombe Wanderers Football Club (“WWFC”) and Wycombe Wanderers Ladies Football Club (“WWLFC”), known collectively, for the purpose of this statement only, as ‘the Club’:

  • WWSGL
    • Community Share Scheme Register
    • Trust Membership
    • Chairboys Funders
    • 500 Club Membership
    • Volunteers
  • WWFC
    • Sponsorship, Supplier and Customer data
    • Season Ticket Holders
    • Staff, including playing staff
    • Founder, Ordinary & Voting Shareholders
  • WWLFC
    • Player Registration

The Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) allows the use of Legitimate Interest Assessment (“LIA”) to be used as a form of consent for individuals’ data to be held and processed, providing:

  • the individual would reasonably expect such data to be held, and
  • there is minimal privacy impact

An LIA has been conducted for all data currently held and has been deemed to be an acceptable form of consent. In addition, and for the avoidance of doubt, the Club will seek opt-in consent for the use of email to advise individuals of Club events, promotions and partner offers. The Club confirms that it does not share any of the above data with any third party, other than may be legally required by UK regulatory bodies.

Further information will be provided closer to 25th May, but anyone having a concern, who believes that his or her data is held under any of the above categories, should contact the Club either by email at wwfc@wwfc.com, or in writing at Adams Park, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe HP12 4HJ.


Mar
23

Fans Keep On Giving….. So We Can Provide (Updated March 2018)

Notwithstanding the success of the 500 Club in the last year or so, the WW Trust Share Scheme launched in 2015 continues to thrive and produce much needed income for the Football Club.

Over ‘one hundred and eighty’ fans are still contributing with either monthly or annual payments to the Trust over a five year period and these are on top of the 160 who have made one-off payments in the last couple of years.

Those single payments have been of amounts between the minimum of £100 and the maximum of £100,000.

To date some £570,000 has been banked with more than a further £174,000 committed to be received over this and the next 2 seasons.

So what are we doing with your money?

Much of the initial inflow has gone into helping to stabilise the financial position of the football club by providing some much needed working capital. This allows WWFC to be able to pay its bills, (present and past) in line with agreed schedules and repayment plans.

As was outlined in our Share Scheme prospectus/brochure we have also been able to provide the money to make the best use of our prized asset – Adams Park. So far, some of the completed projects, which are thanks to Share Scheme money (and which would not have been affordable otherwise) are:

  • New lawnmower (from OWWSA contributions)
  • New club flag
  • Medical equipment to boost return of injured players
  • Replacement seats (Summer 2016 – from OWWSA Contributions)
  • New TVs for concourse etc
  • Big Screen repairs
  • Player Purchase – Michael Harriman
  • GPS Equipment – the player running tracking system
  • Security Fence for away end
  • Fixing of the heating/Air Con system in Caledonian Suite
  • Paint for various stadium areas (from OWWSA contributions)
  • Full structural survey of the stadium – required for safety certificate reasons
  • More paint (Summer 2017)
  • Further replacement seats (Summer 2017)
  • Essential refurb and extension of the dressing rooms – as demanded by the EFL (Summer 2017)
  • Upgrade of the CCTV equipment – so vital to maintain our safety certificate
  • Replacement IT equipment for Gareth and his team at the training ground – from OWWSA contributions
  • Contributions towards repair and maintenance of the Adams Park floodlights – from OWWSA contributions
  • Even more replacement seats – December 2017
  • New boiler to provide hot water for the players and staff at the training ground
  • Essential repairs and replacement of lighting units in the Frank Adams Stand

If you feel that fan ownership is worth more than the annual membership fee, then do join in with those who are contributing a bit (or a lot) more. See any Trust Director manning the table before each home game in the Caledonian Suite or go to our special Share Offer page via this link .

Any questions on the scheme can be sent by email to shares@wycombewandererstrust.com


Dec
1

A ‘Simple Guide’ to the WW Trust – Updated 1.12.17

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 then put together the following which we hope will be useful:

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 Ltd (the trading entity) and Frank Adams Legacy Limited 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
Tony Hector                 tony@wycombewandererstrust.com
Nigel Kingston            nigel@wycombewandererstrust.com
Lawrie Read                 lawrie@wycombewandererstrust.com
David Roberton           david@wycombewandererstrust.com
David Smith                 dsmith@wycombewandererstrust.com
Trevor Stroud              trevor@wycombewandererstrust.com

  • Ownership of Adams Park (professionally assessed at £7million) is held within Frank Adams Legacy Limited (“FALL”). There is a separate FALL Board.
  • 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. All our debts now have agreed repayment schedules.
  • Wycombe Wanderers Trust relies on rental income from WWFC (the trading entity) to gradually pay down its creditors and loans via FALL (which include the Chairboys Funders interest).
  • No takeover or change in ownership of the Club that would result in the Trust’s shareholding being less than 50% +1 can proceed without 75% approval from the 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 Trevor Stroud (WWFC Chairman), Michael Davies (General Manager) and the other employees.
  • Only the Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board can appoint and remove individuals to and from 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 WWFCs 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.

Nov
26

Use Easyfundraising to Raise More Funds for Wycombe Wanderers as You Shop Online

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for Wycombe Wanderers Trust?

There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/wycombewandererstrust/

and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to Wycombe Wanderers Trust for no extra cost whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and Wycombe Wanderers will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.


Other News...

Richard Mann – R.I.P.

14/05/2018

We have just become aware on the death last month of Richard Mann who passed away suddenly at the age of just 60. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Linda, daughter Sarah and son Nick. Richard, who lived in Beaconsfield, had been a Wanderers fan for a good number of years, a Trust [more…]

Trust Matters – 5th May 2018

08/05/2018

The following first appeared in Saturday’s matchday programme ‘Parklife’ for the game vs Stevenage: Meet your Trust Board: Trevor Stroud Chairman of WW Trust and WWFC Trevor has been a Wycombe Wanderers supporter for over 20 years, and Chairman of WWT since 2010. He was originally a board member with Wycombe Wanderers Founders Trust, before [more…]

Thanks To The Chairboys Funders

02/05/2018

Back in 2013 a group of supporters came together in response to an urgent need for a capital injection of funds into the Football Club.  This was at a time when the Trust and Club were very short of money and needed to ensure the survival of the Club. A special legal company – Chairboys [more…]

Trust Directors Sponsor Luke Yet Again

25/04/2018

The Trust Directors have once again 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 David Roberton, Alan Cecil, David Cook, Martyn Broughton (Treasurer), John Bignell and Trevor Stroud . Along with [more…]

Trust Matters – 21st April 2018

22/04/2018

WWT and WWFC owned by our fans, run for our fans   Meet your Trust Board: Mark Burrell was elected to the Trust Board at the AGM in November 2014. He is a dedicated Chairboys fan and season ticket holder for over 15 years, and sponsors aspects of the Club.  His main role on the Trust [more…]

More Great Work Done By The Volunteers…………Can You Help on Sunday 22nd April?

12/04/2018

Big thanks to the volunteers that worked so hard at the training ground last Saturday. Great effort and well done.  As always we still have more to do, so if anyone would like to come and help on Sunday 22nd April they would be really welcome. The gates will open at 09:30, a sandwich lunch [more…]

Trust Matters – 2nd April 2018

03/04/2018

Part of the following piece first appeared in the Grimsby matchday programme ‘Parklife’ and this will also be emailed to all Trust Members. WWT and WWFC owned by our fans, run for our fans Meet your Trust Board: Lawrie Read was elected to the Trust Board at the AGM in November 2016.  “I’ve been a [more…]

Volunteers Taskforce Required for Saturday 7th April

01/04/2018

“My thanks to the volunteers that worked so hard at the training ground on Sunday 25th March. Splendid effort and well done.  As always we still have more to do, so if anyone would like to come and help at the same place on Saturday 7th April they would be really welcome. The gates will [more…]

Trust Matters – 24th March 2018

24/03/2018

The following piece first appeared in the Port Vale matchday programme ‘Parklife’ and will also be emailed to all Trust Members. WWT and WWFC owned by our fans, run for our fans  Meet your Trust Board:   Tony Hector was elected to the Trust Board at the AGM in November 2017. “I began supporting Wycombe [more…]

Saturday’s 500 Club Party with the Players and Manager is Now Fully Booked

21/03/2018

The 500 Club event which takes place after Saturday’s game with Port Vale at Adams Park is now fully booked, with no more spaces available. Now in its second year, the 500 Club has raised more than £30,000 for the club’s playing budget, thanks to contributions from Chairboys fans who’ve each pledged £150 or more [more…]

Reporting on WW Trust AGM – 29th November 2017

18/02/2018

With our apologies that this has taken a little longer than desired to bring to you – please remember all our board members are also volunteers – we can now bring you the minutes and the slide presentation made at our most recent Annual General Meeting. This file AGM Minutes Nov 2017 brings you the draft minutes [more…]

Supposing Wycombe Wanderers HAD Won the FA Cup?

02/02/2018

We all remember getting to the FA Cup Semi-Final in 2001, probably the closest most of us have ever been to lifting the hallowed trophy. Now you can have the opportunity of lifting a replica of the FA Cup, bedecked in light and dark blue ribbons. Weather permitting this trophy will be on display on [more…]