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May
28

Fans Keep On Giving So We Can Provide (Updated May 2017)

Notwithstanding the success of the 500 Club in recent months, 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 144 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 £485,000 has been banked with more than a further £255,000 committed to be received over this and the next 3 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
  • New club flag
  • Medical equipment to boost return of injured players
  • Replacement seats 
  • 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

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


May
12

Thanks To Those We Have Lost

As the 2016-17 season draws to a close, it is perhaps a fitting time to remind ourselves of those we have lost over this period.

Many tributes have been paid to former WWFC President Monty Seymour who died in January.

Also we have already acknowledged the passing of a number of supporters – Glen Fyrth, Charles Broadbridge, Pete Sheridan and Dorothy Carpenter.

To that list now needs to be added the name of David Symons, the sad passing of whom in June 2016 has only just reached us. David had been a great supporter of the club over many years, a Founder Shareholder, Football Club Shareholder, Trust Member and a contributor to the Trust Share Scheme.

A former pupil of Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, a graduate of Leeds and Thames Valley Universities, David worked for many years for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, a role which in recent years took him to Cyprus where he was CWGC’s Director for the Mediterranean Area.

His widow Elspeth has now kindly agreed to donate all David’s shares to the Club and Trust for which we are very grateful. She is proud to have kept and to cherish one of the players’ ‘anthem jackets’ which bears David’s name, as he was one of the first 150 to sign up for the Share Scheme back in 2014.


May
12

Trust Board Backs The Changes

Although the Trust Board won’t hold its normal monthly meeting until later in May, the Directors have unanimously agreed to release the following statement:

“Following the recent announcements of the changes to the board of WWFC, the Trust Directors would like to express publicly to Andrew Howard our appreciation for the tremendous work he has done over the last three years as Chairman of WWFC, and to Trevor Stroud for agreeing to take on the role.

We have great confidence in them both and wish them every success in their new roles.

The progress which the club has made in the past three seasons is due in no small part to the relationships which have built up between the two of them and Gareth, and we are delighted that Andrew is keen to continue working with us in the position of Sporting Director.”


May
10

Change of Football Club Chairman

A restructure of the Wycombe Wanderers FC board of directors will see Trevor Stroud take over as club chairman from the 1st of August. 

Current club chairman Andrew Howard, who has held the post for three years, will remain on the board and move into a new position as Sporting Director, overseeing the performance and development of all football matters.

Stroud, a club director and also chairman of Wycombe Wanderers Trust, will now take overall responsibility for the running of the club as it moves into the fourth year of a five-year plan to achieve sustainability on and off the field in League 1.

Howard explains: “I have been immensely proud to be chairman of Wycombe Wanderers and found it to be a challenging but extremely rewarding three years. Together I feel we have developed a really professional organisation and are moving towards an infrastructure which will be capable of operating at a higher level.

“However, the time has come for me to focus my efforts on the football side of the business, working in a new role which Gareth and his staff, with the support of the board, have devised in order to give us all the best possible chance of continuing the excellent progress on the pitch.

“We put the five-year plan in place to provide a real focus for everyone involved with the club, and I have done all I can in the past three years to develop the club as a whole with a particular focus on the commercial side. I’m excited to now help evolve the playing side and giving all the help I can to our outstanding young manager and his talented, dedicated and hungry staff.

“Trevor is the right person to succeed me as chairman; he represents the fanbase superbly and is backed by two strong boards – the club and the Trust – who are working extremely hard to maximise this club’s potential, with the support of the staff, fans and volunteers.”

 


Apr
26

Let WWSET’s FFIT Programme Help You Get In Shape

Football Fans in Training is a hugely successful lifestyle programme aimed at men aged 35 – 65 years old with a waist size of 38 inches or more.

Delivered at professional clubs, by professional clubs, participants get the chance to learn about diet & nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices and take part in the gentle physical activity.

Each of the scheduled WWSET FFIT programmes will run one evening a week for 12 weeks at Adams Park, with participants building up their ability to take part in some football-related activity. Whilst improving the health and wellbeing of our fans, the FFIT programme will also provide a behind-the-scenes look at Wycombe Wanderers FC.

The FREE weekly sessions are split between education based workshops and physical activity training with all sessions delivered by WWSET’s professional coaches. Participants will also receive a free WWFC top and jogging bottoms each.

The main aims of the programme are to:

  • Increase knowledge of diet & nutrition
  • Improve lifestyle choices
  • Increase physical activity amongst participants
  • Reduce weight and waist measurements
  • Increase engagement in other physical activity

To sign up for the WWSET FFIT programme all you have to do is meet the criteria below. It’s a great opportunity to improve your fitness, lose weight, and train with fellow supporters at Adams Park but places are limited so don’t delay…get in touch with us to reserve your place!

There are three courses being delivered across the next year:

Dates:

17th May – 2nd August 2017

6th September – 22nd November 2017

10th January – 28th March 2018

The courses will take place on a Wednesday evening (6:00 pm – 7.30pm)

Location:

Adams Park, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, Bucks.HP12 4HJ

Eligibility:

You are eligible to take part if you are a male between 35 and 65 years old and meet any of the following criteria:

Trouser waist size of 38 inches+

Belly 100cm+ (measure your waist and go around your belly!)

BMI of 27+ (Calculate this by visiting http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/)

Contact:

To register please email sam.parker@wwfc.com or phone 01494 455736 with the details below:

Name

Address

DOB

Contact Telephone and/or Email

BMI / Belly / Trouser size


Apr
19

Ordinary & Founder WWFC Shareholders – A Copy of the Club’s 2015/16 Annual Accounts

The Club has recently emailed its’ 2015/16 audited accounts to all WWFC Ordinary and Founder Shareholders for whom it has email addresses. With 64% of all shareholders having an email address, this is clearly a cost effective way of reaching the majority of the WWFC shareholder base.

  • If you are a WWFC shareholder and haven’t received a copy, but have an email address, then please provide it to david_f_cook@msn.com when our records will be updated and a copy emailed to you
  • If you are a WWFC shareholder but don’t have an email address, then you may access a copy of the Club’s abbreviated accounts at the Companies House website https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/  using Company Number 5132509 as the search criteria.

Apr
8

Trust Directors Sponsor ‘Sweet Luke O’Nien’

Luke O’Nien with Directors during the Wycombe Wanderers Player Sponsors End of Season Dinner at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England on 6 April 2017. Photo by David Horn / PRiME Media Images.

The Trust Directors have again personally sponsored the home shirt of Luke O’Nien this season and a good number of them were present at the Player Kit Sponsors Dinner on Thursday night.

Pictured (l to r) with Luke are David Roberton, Alan Cecil, David Cook, John Bignell, Trevor Stroud and Dale Jenkins.

Thanks to Prime Media Images for the photograph.

Along with a good number of other sponsors, the Trust Directors pledged on the night to renew their sponsorship for next season, though this will need to be ratified at the next Trust Board meeting. The cost of this sponsorship is met by the directors themselves and not out of Trust funds.


Dec
7

Use Easyfundraising to Raise More Funds For Wycombe Wanderers

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 Trust will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.


Sep
1

Are YOU Getting Your Share? (Updated 20.1.17)

scan0018If you are one of the 330 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 21 months since the Share Scheme was launched, there has been a terrific response from our members and with £742k 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 £466k 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
6

A ‘Simple Guide’ to the WW Trust – Updated 16.12.16

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: 

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
Dale Jenkins              dale@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.
  • 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 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 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.

Other News...

How to Get Your Trust Share Certificate

07/05/2017

Members who have paid into the Share Scheme during the 2016-17 tax year (ended 5th April 2017) are entitled to a Share Certificate and where requested a form to claim back 30% of their investment against any tax they have paid in that year. This paperwork has all now been prepared and some have been [more…]

Get All Your Badges on Saturday

30/04/2017

Terry’s Badges stall will be back at Adams Park before the big game vs Cambridge United on Saturday 6th May. The Badge Stall will be located near the new “Fans Zone” just inside the Adams Park gates and you will find Terry just next to the club shop. We apologise if some of you did not get badges for [more…]

Fans Council To Debate EFL (Checkatrade) Trophy

23/04/2017

Many of our fans have had strong views on the changes made to the EFL Trophy competition. Given that the future of this competition is now under consideration, the Trust and Club are asking the Fans Council to act as a forum for opinion which will be fed back to both boards. So this Thursday [more…]

500 Club – Target Reached!

27/03/2017

Chairboys supporters have achieved the target of raising £75,000 for the playing budget through the 500 Club initiative.  A huge thank you to all fans who’ve supported the 500 Club as we hit the £75,000 target on Saturday 25th March. This huge contribution to the playing budget has allowed Gareth to strengthen the squad in [more…]

Can You Help Jenny’s Ride for Cancer Charity?

12/03/2017

OWWSA Committee Member, Trust Member, PALS Volunteer and loyal WWFC supporter Jenny Priest is taking part in the “Ride The Night” cycle challenge on May 27th, pedalling 100km through London in aid of Women vs Cancer Jenny (pictured left with Alfie Mawson) lost her mum to cancer and is looking to raise as much money [more…]

Football Club Accounts 2015-16 Published

16/02/2017

Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited (“WWFC”) has now filed with Companies House its audited accounts for the year ended 30th June 2016. A copy of these abbreviated accounts can be viewed by clicking here or on the link at the top of our home page to our Share Offer information page. WWFC is not required to [more…]

Trust Directors Talk Us Through Their Roles – Part 9

08/02/2017

The latest Trust Director to have had their piece published in the Matchday programme and then on here is John Derben.   John outlined his role on the board of Wycombe Wanderers Trust as follows: “Good afternoon and welcome to the fans of Portsmouth FC – my old stomping ground when in my teens I [more…]

Trust Directors Talk Us Through Their Roles – Part 8

07/02/2017

The latest Trust Board member to talk us through his role is Mark Burrell. “I’ve been a Trust Board Director for two years, and then joined the football club board in June 2015, working on a purely voluntary basis to create a sustainable football club and group, and build a legacy. Each director’s role is based [more…]

Fans Council – Chance To Get Involved

20/01/2017

Many supporters will be aware that a Fans Council was set up last season. As a Fan owned Football Club this was seen as a vital link between you, the supporters, the Football Club & Trust. The 500 Club was an initiative which was heavily promoted by the Fans Council, and, we are delighted to [more…]

Monty Seymour – Club President – R.I.P

13/01/2017

John D Taylor, vice-chairman of the Ex-Players Association, remembers the great Monty Seymour, who passed away on Thursday night aged 102. “Wycombe Wanderers management, directors, players, former heroes and fans have all been paying tribute after the death was announced of Club President Monty Seymour just four months short of his 103rd birthday. Happily, he [more…]