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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/

 

May
13

Football Governance (Supporters Participation) Bill – No further progress!

parliamentRegular readers here will know that we have been monitoring the progress of this (and similar) bills through Parliament in the last couple of years. Progress of any Private Members Bill is difficult and many do not get given any time for debate.

However there was some progress on the Football Governance (Supporters’ Participation) Bill 2015-16 on Friday 4th March in that it did get a Second Reading and a brief debate.

The MP sponsoring this Bill did nominate Friday 13 May 2016 for the Second Reading debate on the Bill to resume. However the House did not sit on this date and this Bill will make no further progress.

To read what was said in March, click here – you will then have to scroll down the page until Column 1285 and 1.48pm when the debate on this bill started.

Mar
16

Wycombe Wanderers Show Racism the Red Card!

Kick it Out 2016As you may already be aware, Wycombe Wanderers FC and Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust are both supporting the Kick It Out organisation’s Season of Action” campaign which aims to reduce the levels of discrimination in and around football.

It does this by acting as a focal point for professional clubs, grassroots teams, community groups and schools to join together and celebrate footballs ability to unite people from all different back grounds. In addition the campaign provides an extended opportunity for those involved in football to dedicate their commitment to equality and diversity and showcase how much work takes place throughout the year to promote football as a comfortable and inclusive environment.

Unfortunately campaigns such as these are necessary as instances of discrimination within football are still all too prevalent despite the huge strides that have been made in recent years to combat unwelcome behaviour.

So much of this progress has been achieved through the hard work carried out by Kick It Out since they were created by the Commission for Racial Equality and The Professional Footballers Association (The PFA) in 1993 under the name “Lets Kick Racism Out of Football”.

In 1997 the organisation evolved to become known as Kick It Out, and they expanded their aims by attempting to banish all forms of discrimination, not just racism, from football.  Now funded by the FA, the Premier League, the Football Foundation and The PFA, Kick It Out currently work with the football authorities, professional clubs, players, fans and communities to tackle all forms of discrimination. Their relentless campaigning has been pivotal in persuading and supporting the games stakeholders to take seriously their responsibility to ensure equality.

Kick It Out’s vision, which underpins all of their work, is to make football a sport where people can flourish in a supportive community, and where fairness is openly and transparently practiced and enforced for the good of all participants. Specifically their strategic objectives are to:

  • Significantly increase the awareness of inclusion and diversity, and the consequences of inappropriate behaviour across all levels of football.
  • To actively share good practice, critical actions, and partnership working to empower and support football organisations to develop their own responsibility towards greater equality and fairness.
  • To clearly show the importance of exposing inequalities and the positive value and impact that can be made through collective preventative action.

scan0025In order to assist Kick It Out with raising awareness of the problem of discrimination Wycombe Wanderers are hoping their involvement will send a clear message that we as a football club want to actively promote equality in all walks of life. As part of last Saturday’s activities WWSET decided to run an art competition to see if we could find a local youngster who could design a programme cover for the Stevenage match which spreads the message of inclusion and/or anti-discrimination.

Having received around 150 entries it was a tough ask to pick just one winner but after much deliberation 1st team manager Gareth Ainsworth chose 11 year old Sadie Horsley’s fantastic design as shown here. Everybody from the club would like to congratulate Sadie and we hope that you enjoy seeing your artwork being used by the club

In addition to running the art competition which aimed to provoke discussion and ultimately educate local children that individual differences should be accepted and embraced rather than being ridiculed or feared, WWSET were also giving out stickers, pens and wristbands to young people around the ground to try to get them thinking about the message being delivered.

In other news from WWSET there are numerous upcoming football activities being delivered by WWSET that people may be interested in:

  • Their Social Inclusion & Mental Wellbeing sessions are now taking place every Monday and are free to come along to. Further details can be found on their website wwset.co.uk.
  • Easter Holiday Football Courses can be booked via their website. They have four courses running in both week one and week two of the holidays and these are taking place in High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Maidenhead and Chesham. Bookings can be made directly through their website.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for more information on a brand new Saturday morning football session that will be beginning on April 16th right here in High Wycombe.

Feb
9

Wycombe Wanderers Supports “Football United Against Domestic Violence”

We would like to bring to your attention an exciting new 3-way partnership that has recently been formed between the Football Club, Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust (“WWSET”) and Wycombe Women’s Aid.

For those that aren’t aware Wycombe Women’s Aid are the local branch of the National Women’s Aid charity who help women and children who are experiencing or trying to escape domestic violence, as well as those who are dealing with its effects and consequences.

As part of this new partnership Wycombe Wanderers FC have last week signed up to the “Football United Against Domestic Violence” campaign being championed by Women’s Aid, and which aims to raise awareness of domestic violence and battle the sexist attitudes that underpin abuse against women.

By pledging our support, we as a football club are sending a clear message that domestic violence is completely unacceptable, and we are actively encouraging the football community to speak out publicly against domestic violence in society in order to make football a place where perpetrators of domestic abuse are not welcome.

Wycombe Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth holds up a signed Football United Club Pledge poster during Wycombe Wanderers Training at High Wycombe, England on 4 February 2016. Photo by Andy Rowland / PRiME Media Images.

Wycombe Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth holds up a signed Football United Club Pledge poster during Wycombe Wanderers Training at High Wycombe, England on 4 February 2016. Photo by Andy Rowland / PRiME Media Images.

Whilst signing the pledge on behalf of WWFC, manager Gareth Ainsworth threw the full weight of his support behind the clubs involvement by saying:

“Everybody involved with Wycombe Wanderers recognises that domestic violence is an abhorrent act which causes immeasurable damage to victims, both physically and mentally. We are a football club who want to achieve results on the pitch and also want to help achieve results off the pitch in the local community as well. If the clubs support of this campaign helps even one person escape domestic abuse then that would be considered a great result!”

The “Football United Against Domestic Violence” campaign also has the full backing of the FA. Upon the launch of the charter, then FA general secretary Alex Horne had this to say:

“Football has a key role to play in tackling such a serious problem and The FA is proud to back the campaign. Domestic violence affects all of our society and football has the potential to reach a huge proportion of the public. We can all make a difference by signing up to the Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign – clubs, fans and players – to bring domestic violence out from behind closed doors.”

In addition to WWFC signing the charter, WWSET have also teamed up with Wycombe Women’s Aid to design and deliver educational workshops in local schools. The workshops aim to provide an interactive and interesting way for children to learn about healthy relationships, the dangers of domestic abuse and ways to keep themselves safe. Following the workshops all children should be able to identify types of abusive behaviour, understand what behaviour is healthy and not healthy, and know where to get help should they ever be at risk.

Hopefully in the future these educational workshops will make a small difference in improving the frightening statistics around domestic violence in the UK:

  • Domestic violence will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime
  • Domestic violence leads to on average two women being murdered each week and 30 men per year
  • Domestic violence accounts for 16% of all violent crime, however it is still the violent crime least likely to be reported to the police
  • Domestic violence has more repeat victims than any other crime (on average there will have been 35 assaults before a victim calls the police)
  • Domestic violence is the single most quoted reason for becoming homeless
  • Approximately 400 people commit suicide each year who have attended hospital for domestic abuse injuries in the previous six months, 200 of these attend hospital on the day they go on to commit suicide 

So, if you’re involved with a school who may be interested in taking part in the free educational workshops please get in touch with the WWSET team and they will be happy to organise something for you.

Alternatively, if you are currently suffering at the hands of an abuser please know that help is out there.You can contact Wycombe Women’s Aid in the strictest of confidence on the following number: 01494 461367

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
13

‘Just Play’ Football Sessions

WWSET 2Also 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 any local person over the age of 16 the opportunity to come and play football in an affordable and relaxed environment. The sessions are staffed by fully qualified WWSET coaches but the content of the sessions are dictated by the participants and usually consist of organised matches or tournaments.

So now is the perfect opportunity to get your boots back on and join us for a kick-about. The sessions are for all abilities and perfect for those who haven’t played in a while.

There’s absolutely no commitment; the Just Play sessions are great for when you want to play without committing to a weekly game, a complicated league or fancy team strips. Sessions are flexible and sociable and our coaches will ensure you have fun on the pitch whatever your level of fitness or ability.

If you would like more information or would like to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact the Social Inclusion Manager, Aqeel Akram on 01494 455734 and aqeel.akram@wwfc.com 

Jan
12

‘Walking Football’ for the Over 50s

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 FootballWalking 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 at WWSET can be played by anybody)!

The game is a great way for those who are no longer willing or able to play the game they love at full speed, still stay active and keep fit.

It’s generally accepted that as you get older the opportunity to participate in team sports lessen – ironically at the age when you most need to keep active, both physically and socially.

Walking Football is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle despite their age or physical condition, as well as getting those back playing football who have previously had to stop for whatever reason.

Despite the fact that no running is allowed, the walking format of football is surprisingly tiring, and you certainly work up a sweat. Simply playing 1 hour a week for 3 months enables players to cover 30 miles and burn 4,200 calories!”

In addition to the physical benefits gained from getting involved there are huge social benefits as well. The sessions run by WWSET, which are done in partnership with our local Berks & Bucks County FA, are extremely relaxed and the guys who already attend are a very friendly bunch, who love nothing more than a laugh and a joke.

So if you would like to come and give Walking Football a try please get in touch on 01494 455736 or via email on community@wwfc.com. The sessions run on Tuesday evenings from 7.15pm – 8.15pm at Stokenchurch Community Centre in the indoor hall until March before they switch to an outdoor venue.

Dec
7

Trust Directors back Supporters Direct report

Today, Trust Directors Dale Jenkins and Nigel Kingston will be at the Palace of Westminster, backing Supporters Direct’s initiative to encourage tax breaks for supporter owned clubs.

The Supporters Direct statement can be seen below:

TREASURY URGED TO GIVE TAX BREAKS TO COMMUNITY OWNED SPORTS CLUBS

*** Clubs deliver more than £125,000 of volunteering a year – report ***

Democratically owned sports clubs could bring a big net benefit if they were given tax breaks, a new report from Supporters Direct argues.

The proposal recommends creating a new tax status for democratically owned clubs that meet strict criteria, including reinvesting surpluses and protecting assets for community use. Clubs would benefit from Gift Aid on donations, receive 80% rate relief and have exemption from Corporation Tax.

If adopted it would be a landmark in the development of democratic ownership of sport in this country and make a step change that will help community owned clubs overcome many of the barriers they face.

The report will be launched at an MPs’ briefing in Westminster this afternoon, which will bring together MPs, leading sports bodies and sports clubs and will feature an address from Jesse Norman MP, the chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select.

James Mathie from Supporters Direct said:

“With the right model, sports clubs can be central hubs of delivering benefits in their community – and community ownership provides added value that other forms of ownership cannot. We believe it’s time to help clubs that embrace democratic ownership, binding community benefit functions, and protect sports assets”.

Adam Brown from Substance, an architect of the proposal and the research behind it, said:

“We have demonstrated the very significant value that supporter and community ownership can bring in terms of public benefit. The proposed tax changes would be cost effective and enable existing community owned clubs to be more sustainable, increasing the public good they deliver. We have shown that this applies beyond football into lots of other sports”.

The proposal will also be addressed by the Governments Expert Working Group on Football Ownership and Engagement which will be published in January 2016.

About the report

• A full & summary version of the report can be downloaded from those links or from www.supporters-direct.coop
• It advocates that Community Owned Sports Clubs should qualify for – Gift Aid on donations, exemption on Corporation tax, and rate relief at a minimum of 80%.
• The research looked at 6 semi-professional and professional sports clubs
• It found that were the scheme to be implemented, an average club would:
o cost the tax payer £25k per year
o attract volunteering and investment valued at £294k per year

About Supporters Direct

Inspired by Brian Lomax – the first supporter elected director at an English professional football club – Supporters Direct has been working since 2000 to help supporters gain influence in the running and ownership of their club. Their work now spans 23 countries.

Dec
2

Football Governance (Supporters’ Participation) Bill is Published

parliament-uk-logoThis Bill is now expected to have its second reading debate in the House of Commons on Friday 4th March 2016 having been deferred from the 4th December 2015.

The Bill aims to “Require football clubs to offer for sale to their supporters a specified percentage of shares in the club upon a change of ownership; to require that a minimum number of places on the club’s board be set aside for election by a qualifying supporters’ organisation; to define what constitutes a qualifying supporters’ organisation; and for connected purposes.”

This Bill was successfully introduced to Parliament on 7 July 2015 under the Ten Minute Rule.

Click here to read the bill (it’s not that long!)

Oct
8

There is Work for More Volunteers Now!

When the Trust first took over ownership of the Football Club in 2012, there was a rush of fans and members coming forward offering to do various things both on match-days and at other times.

Due to existing contractual arrangements, not all of these offers could then be taken up and many fans may have wondered why they put themselves forward.

However things are gradually changing and the ‘time and talents‘ of our fans will be required if we are to continue to stabilise the club and move it forward towards a successful (fan-owned) future.

Much has already been achieved around the ground under the watchful eye of John Derben and his band of volunteers.

IMAG0326In two recent weekends some of the overgrown grass banks around the car park have been cut back. This team have two more dates planned:

Sundays 25th October and 8th November (now cancelled due to Halifax FA Cup tie)

A few more volunteers are required to help on those dates. If you have not already given John your name please let him know if you can come.

Also Sandie is looking for 2 additional car park money collectors on match days on the upper car park.
They need to be in place by 12noon leaving by 2.50pm in order to see the kick-off, so stewards then take over.
You receive a food and drink voucher and a suitable jacket will be provided.
If you can help please contact Sandie through this e-mail  j.derben123@btinternet.com or by phoning 01494 441145

Many thanks