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Jun
28

Share Scheme Certificates – Latest Update

Trust members who have invested into the Share Scheme will be asking where their share certificates are along with the Enterprise Investment Scheme document from which they should be able to claim their tax relief.

We now have all the share certificates but each one needs to be hand written and signed.

The first batch of EIS certificates (for those who invested before 5th April 2015) turned up in the post on 5th June. However despite giving HMRC all the names, addresses and shareholding details some 4 weeks earlier, the certificates are all blank and need quite a lot of detail added.

Our Administrator will hope to get these issued and posted out but may not be able to complete the large task as quickly as hoped.

So please be patient – everybody should get their paperwork by the end of July, with priority given to those who purchased shares in the 2014-15 tax year.

The first large batch of certificates went out via the Club’s mailing service last week with a further batch going out around the end of June. There are still a lot to be done, so please be patient.

Any queries please email shares@wycombewandererstrust.com


Jun
26

Members Forum on Tuesday 7th July

A date for your diaries – there will be an informal members’ forum in the Vere Suite on Tuesday 7th July.

The purpose is to update you on progress being made in the Club and to outline plans for the future. Some changes to the Trust and Club boards are being made to facilitate delivery of the plans and these will be covered.

The timings are below. Please note we are starting at 7.30pm, rather than 8pm, following feedback on the late finish of some recent meetings and to allow plenty of time for questions.

6.30pm: Vere Suite opens with hot food and complimentary tea and coffee available and the bar open.

7.30pm: Forum starts.

If you are unable to attend, information including the Q&A will be available shortly afterwards.

We hope to see you on Tuesday 7th.


Jun
19

New Season – New Badges – Same Price!

WYCOMBE 12TH MANYes with the new season’s fixtures already on the calendar, we are starting to plan for each game coming up at Adams Park.

Terry’s Badges stall will be back once again, just inside the Adams Park gates selling our Matchday Badges, some others based on WWFC themes plus Terry’s usual collection of Non-League football badges.

v YORK CITYThis year we have gone for a different design from a new supplier which will make the badges different in appearance from last season.

The price remains at £3 per badge with all profits going into WW Trust funds to help support the football club.

v FULHAMWe will kick-off with the home match vs York City on Saturday 8th August (ko 3pm)

This is followed quickly by the Capital One Cup 1st Round tie with Fulham on Tuesday 11th August (ko 7.45).


Jun
8

‘John Speaking’ – Can You Help Our Working Parties?

Request for assistance from John Derben:

Adams Park 2“It is that time again when there is more work to do on the stadium during the off season.

Working with the Stadium Manager we have identified areas for repainting –  all the line markings need to be redone throughout the stadium.

On the gardening side ,the external walls of the building need weeding as do the beds in the car park  We are leaving the banks until Harold gives us the OK to proceed.

We currently have two small teams working on Tuesdays and Thursdays and any extra help would be appreciated.  However we need to boost their efforts so have set aside two Sundays 21st June and 5th July.

Usual arrangements 10am to 4pm with a sandwich lunch provided. You don’t need to stay for the whole time and any help given is appreciated.

We have also planned as the major seat-cleaning day Sunday 19th July when we really do need a good turnout. Same arrangements apply.

Please let John Derben know if you can help at all asap. Call John on 01494 441145 or email j.derben123@btinternet.com

When John is not available – Alan Hodgson will be looking after the painting and Lisa Bowker the gardening.”


Jun
3

Please Help WWSET Raise £5,000 for ‘Street Soccer’ in Wycombe

WWSET 2Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust (“WWSET”) has applied for funding for the re-start of the ‘STREET SOCCER’ Programme. A project with proven benefits for the town of Wycombe and its youth, WWSET require votes to secure this funding and deliver a number of objectives vital to those involved.

WITHOUT YOUR VOTE, THIS FANTASTIC PROGRAMME WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RUN

TO VOTE… Go to the following website and click VOTE!

https://foundation.onefamily.com/projects/wycombe-wanderers-set-street-soccer/

It will ask you to register using Facebook, Twitter or with an email address and once registered your vote will be counted and will hopefully contribute to the running of this crucial programme.

Once registered and, following any necessary email confirmation, having activated your membership, filter nominated projects by selecting  South East, as the location -> Most Recently Added as the Sort by -> and then WWSET.

The whole process is not as difficult as it might appear and the 15 minutes or so that it takes will be time well spent if it results in WWSET’s project being funded.

Voting closes on the 29th June. We are competing against another 95 projects. Judging by previous winners we should be aiming to achieve 1000 votes to be in with a chance of winning

What is ‘STREET SOCCER’?

Through organised and structured football sessions for up to 100 children and young adults on Saturday evenings in High Wycombe, WWSET have contributed to a drastic reduction in anti-social behaviour within the town and its surrounding areas.

Our town NEEDS your support and your vote to keep this project alive and kicking!

If enough votes are gained, the funding will provide the ‘STREET SOCCER’ programme to engage hard to reach youngsters (aged 11-25) in Wycombe and assist them in achieving an increase in health through sports participation and education, an increase in employability skills by providing qualifications and work experience opportunities, and to reduce levels of crime and antisocial behaviour.

Check out our YouTube video asking for your vote!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOjbI3lx4j8

The funding will also go towards hiring a suitable facility and equipment (footballs and bibs) for the ‘STREET SOCCER’ sessions to take place. 

Project objectives

  • Provide a sports participation youth engagement programme of “Street Soccer” sessions to engage hard to reach youngsters who traditionally have low levels of fitness, partake in limited levels of physical activity, & make poor healthy living choices
  • Reduce levels of crime and antisocial behaviour which currently take place in the area of the planned sessions on Saturday evenings. Also we aim to promote and facilitate the building of stronger relationships between local youngsters and the police
  • To provide 10 participants with the opportunity to undertake FA coaching and refereeing qualifications in order to ensure the ‘Street Soccer’ sessions are sustainable, and to provide employability skills

May
22

Over Half A Million Now for Share Scheme – Are You Getting Your Share?

scan0015Wycombe Wanderers received a tremendous boost ahead of the League Two Play-Off Final with news that the amount committed to the Trust Share Scheme was in excess of £500,000.

Some significant contributions have come in within the last few days and applications are still being received daily.

Any fan can contribute any amount from £100 upwards and we will even take your payments in monthly or annual instalments over the next 5 years.

The aim remains to raise £2million over the next 5 years but in order to reach that, more fans need to join those who have already paid up and/or confirm their pledge to do so.

Here are the forms you need to complete Share Offer Forms

Here is our brochure giving the remaining details Share Offer Brochure

Any questions please email shares@wycombewandererstrust.com


Apr
16

WW Trust Community Share Offer

scan0015Thank you for your patience – it has taken much longer than expected, but we now have a fully approved scheme that we are delighted to present to you.

Great progress has been made, on and off the pitch, this season and the Community Share Offer now provides a fantastic opportunity to raise the working capital that has been desperately needed since Trust members became the proud owners of Wycombe Wanderers.

Click this link Presentation 19032015 for the slides shown at the formal launch meeting which was on Thursday 19th March. We now want all members and fans to see the offer brochure and this is available by clicking on the blue underlined links below.

Share Offer Brochure for viewing on screen

Share Offer Brochure– pdf version – for printing out

Share Offer Application Forms – pdf format

We believe the brochure and the forms cover everything but we have set up a dedicated email address for any questions – shares@wycombewandererstrust.com 

The supporting documents referred to on page 18 of the brochure can be found on our dedicated Share Offer page via this link http://www.wycombewandererstrust.com/share-offer

Important note for members who have already made payments: If you have made advance one-off or monthly payments, we still need you to complete the application form as your formal acceptance of the Share Offer.

On receipt of your form, we will reply to you by email to confirm your individual situation. If this isn’t clear and you would like some clarification beforehand, please email shares@wycombewandererstrust.com and we will come back to you. 

And finally

We hope you will be as excited at this opportunity to take our Club forward as we are, and of course we hope that having looked at the brochure, you will decide to make an investment – however great or small.

Thank you for your time and best wishes

Trevor Stroud

Chairman


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:

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
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, David Roberton 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...

David Roberton Steps Down From Trust Board

19/06/2015

The following announcement has been made today: David Roberton has resigned from the board of Wycombe Wanderers Trust, and consequently has stepped down from his position on the board of directors of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. The structure of the boards of both the Trust and the football club, will be discussed at the Trust [more…]

Over One Thousand Members……..and Still Growing

31/05/2015

Membership of the Wycombe Wanderers Trust has now exceeded the one thousand mark and is still rising. As of the end of May we now have 1021 Members of whom 571 are Legacy Members who hold certain additional rights. The recent boost in Trust Membership has come from fans needing to join in order that they [more…]

2015-16 Season Tickets Now On Sale

30/05/2015

Although the period for getting a 15% discount ended on the 29th May, you can still pick up a Season Ticket for the 2015-16 season with the benefit of a 10% discount if you buy it before the end of July. Income for the club at this time is so important as there are bills [more…]

News From The Boardroom

29/05/2015

Wycombe Wanderers Trust held its regular monthly board meeting on Wednesday 20th May. The WWFC Chairman attended and gave a full update on matters relating to the Football Club, including the benefits both financially and in terms of publicity that the Wembley trip will bring. The 2015 pre season trip to France had been confirmed [more…]

Wycombe Wanderers Helps to Reopen Youth Club

24/05/2015

Good news from our Community Team: “Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust (WWSET) is delighted to announce a new and exciting partnership with Gerrards Cross Youth Centre (GXYC) which will see the currently closed facility reopen its doors to local youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15 years old in early June 2015. GXYC [more…]

Share Scheme – Have You Heard From Us? – Are You Getting Your Share?

20/05/2015

Around 180 fans have now signed up for the Wycombe Wanderers Trust Community Share Scheme and they will be contributing nearly £410k over the next 5 years. Of that sum, about £250k has already been banked with the rest coming in monthly or annual installments. All the contributors to date should have had their application [more…]

One (Big) Step From Wembley! Get to Adams Park on Thursday!

11/05/2015

The team on the pitch have given us one of the most enjoyable, entertaining and successful seasons of our generation – now we need to give them our 100% support for one more game to take us to a Wembley final beyond our wildest dreams. You can be the difference. As Trust members, you’ll no [more…]

Share Scheme – News as at 7th May

07/05/2015

Just over 6 weeks after its launch, the total currently raised under the Share Scheme stands at just over £375,000 of which £227k has already been paid in with the rest due over the next 5 years. This is an excellent start,  with much more to come as many of the pledges made last year have [more…]