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Feb
7

Changes to Trust and FALL Boards

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 raising efforts through the Chairboys Funders, which he set up, and through his early work establishing the Share Scheme. I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to Garry for all he did over many years.
  • David Roberton has been co-opted to the Trust Board to replace Garry. David, who is well known to many of you as a previous Trust and Club director, received the highest number of votes of the unsuccessful candidates at the last AGM and only missed being elected by two votes.
  • John Derben has been appointed as Chairman of FALL, to replace Garry, and Trust President Karen Adams and Group Treasurer Martyn Broughton have also joined the Board. The FALL Board is therefore made up of John, Karen, Martyn and Alan Cecil.

Feb
7

Invest in the Present and Future of YOUR CLUB Please

scan0018Watch this video and then join more than 285 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


Feb
7

Match Days – Trust Table

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.

From the next match – Exeter City on Saturday 13 March – our table will revert to the Vere Suite, near to the small bar. As always, we will be pleased to sign up new members to the Trust and the Share Scheme and discuss any issues with you.

When the weather improves, we will move out into the car park and we will let you know when we do this.

For the next few matches:

  • Exeter City – Saturday 13th February Nigel Kingston and Martyn Broughton ***
  • Bristol Rovers – Saturday 27th February – Trevor Stroud and Alan Cecil

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 in the various bars, lounges and hospitality areas.

*** Martyn is not an elected Trust Director but has taken the role of Group Treasurer to assist the Board and because of this role he is now also on the board of Frank Adams Legacy Limited.


Feb
6

A ‘Simple Guide’ to the WW Trust – Updated 6.4.16

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.

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  • 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
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.

Feb
3

Twenty Years of The Frank Adams Stand

Frank Adams StandThis special anniversary has recently been noted in a article on The Football Pink website www.footballpink.net as the second feature in their series on Making a Stand

Click here to read the full article

Karen Adams

Our Trust President (and now a director of Frank Adams Legacy Limited) Karen Robinson (nee Adams), pictured left has just said:

” Every time I arrive at the ground, I am reminded of the wonderful contribution that my grandfather made to Wycombe Wanderers, and grateful that he is honoured.

I  feel privileged to be a small part of the Club’s future” 


Feb
2

Are YOU Getting Your Share? (Updated 2.2.16)

scan0018If you are one of the 280+ 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 10 months since the Share Scheme was launched, there has been a terrific response from our members and with £706k 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 £362k 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

 


Jan
25

January Trust Board meeting minutes

The Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board recently met for their monthly board meeting.

The recent financial benefit of the two Aston Villa matches were discussed in detail.

Finance Director Mark Burrell also provided an overview of the current financial position.

An update on share scheme numbers was provided. A video has been produced highlighting some of those that have invested, thanking them and encouraging other supporters to do the same.

It was noted that share scheme investment had also helped finance the signing of Michael Harriman from QPR.

The production of a training kit is under consideration where the names of those that have invested are woven into the top.

Further news on next season’s kit will be released shortly, but nothing has been finalised yet.

PALS now have a volunteer agreement policy in place.

Andrew Howard, Chairman of WWFC, provided a recent overview of playing squad performance and current requirements. Around this time the sale of Matt Ingram to QPR and loan signing of ex-player Paris Cowan-Hall were finalised and announced accordingly.

A fans council will be launched in the near future with more details to come.

The Board will meet again in mid-February.


Jan
24

More Great Work in the Community from WWSET

Mental Health Football Sessions

WWSET 2Beginning on Monday 29th Feb Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust (“WWSET”) are going to be running football sessions catering specifically for people who suffer from mental health issues.

It’s accepted that one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any year, and over 10% of the population has depression at any one time. It’s also accepted that sport can help in people’s recovery, help to manage symptoms and can radically improve the quality of people’s lives.

So, if you or somebody you know suffers from any type or degree of mental health problems please keep checking the WWSET website for further detailed information which will be released very soon.

In summing up WWSET’s current and growing provision of Health & Social Inclusion activities, their lead staff member in this area, Aqeel Akram, had the following to say:

“WWSET are very excited about our upcoming projects. We want to remove all barriers and allow everybody regardless of their personal circumstances the opportunity to participate in and enjoy sport, and take advantage of all the related benefits that sport can offer.”

So, fingers crossed, we are going to be making a positive difference to the lives of some local people over the course of the coming year…please keep on checking the WWSET website for updates!


Jan
24

Prostate Cancer Fundraising Event – Saturday 5th March

scan0043Keith Ryan and David Roberton will be representing Wycombe Wanderers in the London2Amsterdam Cycle Ride taking place in June of 2016.

Keith Ryan“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 charity partner of The Football League.

Tickets are £30 each (or a table of 10 costs just £250) and are available from our ticket office at Adams Park

A hot buffet will be served, there will be a prize raffle and a disco from 7pm until late. Dress code is Smart Casual.

Fellow ex-Chairboys Steve Guppy, Matt Crossley and Glyn Creaser have already confirmed their attendance at the night, with more big names to follow.

Get your ticket soon and please support this charity fund raiser if you can.

 


Other News...

Invest in the Present and Future of YOUR CLUB Please

07/02/2016

Watch this video and then join more than 285 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

‘Just Play’ Football Sessions

13/01/2016

Also just in from Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust (“WWSET”) : Just Play Sessions (replacing what was known as ‘Street Soccer’) Continuing every Saturday evening for the rest of 2016, WWSET are running an FA Just Play session up the road at Cressex Astroturf. The aim of the Just Play session is to provide [more…]

‘Walking Football’ for the Over 50s

12/01/2016

This message from Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust (“WWSET”) was published in the programme for the Aston Villa FA Cup tie on January 9th. Walking Football Sessions As the name suggests, Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game which is often aimed specifically at the over 50’s age group (but here [more…]

Seats Repaired by Volunteers and Directors

07/01/2016

Some of the regular volunteers were joined today by Directors of the WW Trust to repair the remaining broken seats in the Frank Adams stand so that these could be sold to fans on the club’s waiting list for Saturday’s FA Cup 3rd Round tie vs Aston Villa.. This all became possible after funds were [more…]

New Year’s Honour for Former Club Chairman and Manager

01/01/2016

Brian Lee who managed Wycombe Wanderers in the 1970s when they were in the Isthmian League has been awarded an MBE for services to football in the New Years Honours. Brian went on to become chairman of the football club and also designed and project managed the building of the new stadium at Adams Park. [more…]

Trust’s New Year Message

29/12/2015

Trust chairman Trevor Stroud reviews the past, present and looks into the future. “2015 has been an eventful year for Wycombe Wanderers Trust and your football club. Tremendous progress has been made, and structures have been put in place to put the football club on a more stable footing and able to grow in the [more…]

Share Scheme Raises Funds to Fund Seat Repairs

24/12/2015

Click here for the full story Thanks to the Ex-Players Association and to other fans who have made this possible Happy Christmas Everyone!

Bill Is Getting His Shares. Are You Getting Yours?

20/12/2015

BBC Breakfast presenter and long time Wanderers fan Bill Turnbull was one of the first to sign up for the Trust Share Scheme. Click here to read why. Hopefully more fans will be inspired to follow Bill’s lead and help us raise more funds to help OUR FOOTBALL CLUB Click on Share Offer Brochure for our original Share Issue Brochure Click [more…]

Give Help to the Homeless this Christmas by ‘Dropping Your Drawers’ at the Crawley Game on Monday 28th December

17/12/2015

Yes please – while you are out doing your Christmas shopping, please buy an extra pair (or more) of new boxer shorts and them bring them along on Monday 28th December – the day when we play Crawley (ko 3pm) By ‘dropping your drawers‘ before this game, you will be helping the homeless people of [more…]

Oxford and Seasonal Badges on Sale on Saturday

12/12/2015

Yes, Terry’s Badges stall will be back on Saturday just inside the Adams Park gates before our home match with Oxford United (ko is 3pm). Why not treat the kids (or yourself) to some of our WWFC-themed seasonal badges. All profits go to the WW Trust to help support the Club. There are WWFC Santas and Snowmen as [more…]

November Trust Board Minutes

07/12/2015

The Board of Wycombe Wanderers Trust met during November just prior to the AGM for their monthly board meeting. Mark Burrell gave an update on the finances of WWFC, Wycombe Wanderers Trust and FALL, including the annual accounts that were due to be signed off and presented to members at the forthcoming AGM. Share scheme [more…]