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Sep
28

Mark Burrell steps down from Club and Trust Boards

Mark Burrell has taken the decision to step down from his positions as a Director on the boards of both Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and Wycombe Wanderers Trust, effective from October 8th.

Burrell joined the Trust Board having been elected by Trust members in February 2015, and joined the Football Club Board in June 2015 to work with then-Chairman Andrew Howard and Trevor Stroud to improve the operations and financial stability of the club.

Taking on the role as Group Finance Director, Mark played a pivotal role in significantly developing the financial management of the Football Club and Trust, including the day-to-day needs of the club’s working capital cashflow and strategic long-term needs in terms of funding further success and development on and off the pitch.

However, Mark feels the time is right for him to pass on the responsibility of governing the finances in order to focus his efforts on to his own business.

He said: “Being part of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club has been an amazing experience since 2015, getting to understand the detail and brutal reality of what it takes to run and fund the club, especially with the confined finances associated with being a fan-owned club.”

“I have given so much time and effort to work with others to change the club and make significant progress towards off-field financial survival and stability.”

“However, that work has come at a cost to my business and it is now right for others to take the Group finances and investment opportunities forward. I’m pleased to have played my part in delivering these opportunities at the recent Trust Members meeting  and now others will take the plans forward as a team.”

“I owe this to my business, my clients and my family as there has to be a limit to how much individuals can do as an unpaid volunteer.  I am looking forward to being able to watch Wycombe Wanderers as a fan again as we strive to make a success of our first season back in League 1.”

Chairman Trevor Stroud said: “The finances have come from a complex and extremely challenging position to a point now where we have a clear understanding, for which we owe a great deal to Mark and I’d like to place on record our sincere gratitude for the expertise and dedication he has brought to both boards.”

“Mark’s contributions have enabled us to present an attractive proposition to potential investors who may be able to take the club forward, and we thank him for everything he’s done and wish him every success and happiness for the future.”

“We will review the requirements of both boards over the coming weeks with a view to welcoming new ideas and expertise, but in the meantime, we are pleased that Martyn Broughton – who is Group Treasurer for the Trust and club – will be helping to cover Mark’s role until a long-term appointment is made.”

Sep
3

Trust Matters: Monday 3rd September

The following first appeared in Saturday’s Matchday programme – Parklife:

Meet your Trust Board: John Bignell (pictured on right with Simon Garner)

John has been on the Trust board since 2015 in the role of Membership Secretary. He is also a board member of Frank Adams Legacy Ltd where his brief is club memorabilia and artefacts.

He has been on the committee of the WW Ex-Players Association since 2011. In this capacity following the 125th anniversary exhibition at Wycombe Museum he helped organise the movement and installation of the display to the Scores Bar and the subsequent conversion of Scores to Monty’s which was financed by WWEPA.Having spent 28 years in the printing industry John then worked for the National Trust for 15 years. He currently works part time for a private estate in Hampshire. He has previously worked voluntarily for the club in a football secretarial role.

After over 60 years involvement with the club, he watched his first game against the Uganda national team in 1956, John is very happy to be able to offer his experience of the commercial and leisure industries and of working with volunteers to the Trust board, members and the club in general.

Trust General Meeting

There will be a Trust Members General Meeting on Wednesday 12th September 2018, in the Caledonian Suite at Adams Park, starting at 8.00pm.

The purpose of the meeting is to update members on the financial position of the Football Club, to present options, in principle, in terms of the future financial stability of W.W.F.C., and to enable the Trust directors to understand better how members view those options. It is important that members fully understand the financial issues facing us and are involved in any decisions about the future.

I cannot overstress the importance of this meeting, and I would encourage as many members to attend as possible. We are investigating the feasibility of live streaming the evening, so members who are unable to attend in person, can hear what is being said.

The meeting will only be open to Trust members, but supporters can join on the night (or before).

There will be the opportunity to ask questions on any other issue that members may have following the discussions regarding the financial options.

The Caledonian Suite will be open from 6.00 pm and hot food will be available to purchase on the night. We look forward to seeing as many as possible on the night.

BDO Football Finances Report, Some Key Findings

  • 63% dependency on principal shareholder to make up any capital shortfalls 
  • 92% of FL1 owners looking to exit in next 12 months
  • Majority of EFL clubs have been discussing potential investors… fewer far east, increase in USA interest
  • Overall reduction in FL1 financial confidence… we are one of the 15% where finance is “…a cause for concern”
  • 77% reporting pre-Player Sales loss
  • 69% reporting a post Player Trading loss (includes us)
  • 25% of clubs using facilities to get an advance in Season Ticket income 

Trust Directors Sponsor Yves

As a result of Luke O’Nien’s departure to Sunderland, the Trust Directors have switched their shirt sponsorship to Yves Ma-Kalamby.
The cost of this sponsorship is met by the directors themselves and not out of Trust funds.

Why the Trust Matters

Trust ownership has given the Club a level of stability that had been lacking previously. The Trust passionately believes in the preservation of the heritage and history of our Club and seeks to share it with the wider community. The Trust is a volunteer led, democratic organisation which seeks to foster a real sense of ownership amongst the Club’s supporters. The Trust is an ever-changing entity, not constrained by the whims of individual Directors or owners.  All Trust members are equal and anyone of them can be elected or co-opted onto the Trust Board and, from there, onto the Club Board. The Trust’s annual subscription of £10 per annum makes Trust membership accessible to all. If you are not yet a member of the Trust, or if your membership has lapsed, now is a good time to join. Contact John Bignell at johnbig@btinternet.com

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Aug
23

WW Trust General Meeting

There will be a Trust Members General Meeting on Wednesday 12th September 2018, in the Caledonian Suite at Adams Park, starting at 8.00pm.

The purpose of the meeting is to update members on the financial position of the Football Club, to present options, in principle, in terms of the future financial stability of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, and to enable the Trust directors to understand better how members view those options. It is important that members fully understand the financial options facing us and are involved in any decisions about the future.

I cannot overstress the importance of this meeting, and I would encourage as many members to attend as possible. We are investigating the feasibility of live streaming the evening, so members who are unable to attend in person, can hear what is being said.

The meeting will only be open to Trust members, but supporters can join on the night (or before).

There will be the opportunity to ask questions on any other issue that members may have, following the discussions regarding the financial options.

The Caledonian Suite will be open from 6.00 pm and hot food will be available to purchase on the night.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the night.

Trevor Stroud
Chairman

Aug
8

Fans Keep On Giving….. So We Can Provide (Updated October 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 £615,000 has been banked with a further £90,000 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

Aug
6

Trust Directors Get Behind Yves Ma-Kalambay

Well – if they did that literally, then you would not see much of them!

After their earlier choice moved on to another club, there was just time for your Trust Directors to switch their sponsorship onto our giant goalkeeper.

Yves, who is very keen and pushing for a first team place, featured in the last game of the 2017-18 season and in several of the pre-season games this time around.

The Trust Directors do this sponsorship out of their own pockets and those who were able to be present for the photo and shown in the picture (l to r) are Lawrie Read, Alan Cecil, Trevor Stroud, John Derben and David Cook.

Aug
4

Trust Matters: League One – Saturday 4th August 2018

The following articles first appeared in today’s match programme ‘Parklife‘ and were emailed to members earlier this week. This is now an updated version.

Meet your Trust Board: Alan Cecil of WW Trust

Alan is one of the longest serving Trust Directors having been first elected to the Board in April 2011. He retired from a 40-year banking career in December 2012 and immediately put that experience to work by helping to improve the financial position of the Trust and the Football Club.

He continues to help out with the finances and has been the administrator of the Trust’s Community Share Scheme since its inception in 2015 which involves a great deal of admin in his own time, whilst he’s also a Trustee of Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust and a graduate of their second FFIT course.

From working in several customer service roles, Alan knows how  important communication is to our members and he took on the role of Trust website editor as well as  managing their Twitter account and  Facebook page. Alan will regularly read the  views of members and other fans and bring their issues to the Trust Board for discussion.

He has been a Chairboys fan since 1993, rarely misses a home game and travels to about half of those played away. His wife and family are all involved  in supporting and/or working roles and both Alan and Gaynor assist with various other voluntary duties for the benefit of the Club including programme selling and distributing team sheets on matchdays.

The Trust and League 1

This season will be the first time since the Trust owned the Club that we have been in League 1, so it will be a new experience for us all. We all start with excitement and hope for the future and a determination from the Trust Board to put the Club on as sound a financial footing as possible. We still face the issues of short term cash flow and profitability and how to compete against the majority of Clubs in League 1 who have budgets many times our size.

Chairboys Funders Update

The initial scheme reached its 5-year end date at the start of May.  Chairboys Funders Limited therefore issued  further Loan Notes to continue this vital and successful scheme and these were fully subscribed by some of the original Funders, whilst others have understandably taken repayment.

The Trust Board would like to place on record its appreciation to all the supporters who stepped up in 2013 as the original Chairboys Funders. It is also very grateful to those who have agreed to ‘continue with us on the journey ahead’ and support our exciting new future in League One.

Notes from Recent Trust Board Meetings

The short term cash position in June and July has remained challenging and detailed discussions are in progress with potential lenders to help resolve this funding issue over the next few months.

Budgets for 18/19 have been reviewed by the Trust and a monitoring process agreed for on-going review at Trust board meetings.

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. This means that we are, regrettably, no longer able to make EIS relief available for future share issues. All existing shareholders that this ruling affects have been written to explaining the how this affects them. The Trust Board will 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 this as soon as possible.

A working group within the Trust board has been set up to determine the best way of engaging with our fans and keeping them up to date with developments.  Trust Directors are now also attending Fans Council meetings on a regular basis.

Why the Trust Matters

Trust ownership has given the Club a level of stability that had been lacking previously. The Trust passionately believes in the preservation of the heritage and history of our Club and seeks to share it with the wider community. The Trust is a volunteer led, democratic organisation which seeks to foster a real sense of ownership amongst the Club’s supporters. The Trust is an ever-changing entity, not constrained by the whims of individual Directors or owners.  All Trust members are equal and anyone of them can be elected or co-opted onto the Trust Board and, from there, onto the Club Board. The Trust’s annual subscription of £10 per annum makes Trust membership accessible to all. If you are not yet a member of the Trust, or if your membership has lapsed, now is a good time to join. Contact John Bignell at johnbig@btinternet.com

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Jul
31

Trust Table Set Up For Each Home Match

Once again this season, some of the Trust Directors will be present just inside the Caledonian Suite lounge bar area before each game to answer questions and to deal with Trust membership payments and queries.

Don’t forget there is also the Fans Council who will happily receive your feedback and questions on any issues which they can then take to their monthly meeting for further discussion with Club and Trust officials. Their email address is fanscouncil@wycombewandererstrust.com , Twitter is @wwfcfancouncil  and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wwfcfans/

Jul
30

New Season = New Badges

We will welcome back Terry’s Badges to Adams Park for a sixth season on Saturday with the stall set up in the lower car park adjacent to the first programme hut and near to the away fans marquee.

Matchday badges will be on sale for this and every home game this season at just £3 each. If you want a framed collection of them all, available at the end of this season, then please place your order direct with Terry Hall.

As well as the Matchday Badges, Terry has a number of other WWFC-themed badges for sale and all profits on these (and on the Matchday badges) are donated to WW Trust to help our fundraising for the Football Club. For this season there are at least two new designs, the Promotion badges (celebrating our 2017-18 rise from League Two) and a rosette-style badge in our club colours of light and dark blue.

Thank you for your support of this initiative, which has brought useful extra cash into the club over the past five seasons.

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

May
8

Trust Matters – 5th May 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 the formation of the current Trust.

Trevor’s area of expertise is Sales & Marketing, and he has held a number of senior positions in both Blue Chip and smaller organisations. He now runs his own consultancy business, specialising in Sales and Marketing.

In terms of his Wycombe memories, there are many outstanding moments, including the visit to Villa Park in 2001, Jermaine Easter’s goal against Chelsea in the Carling Cup Semi Final, Dave Carroll’s goal in the 1994 play-off final at Wembley, but last Saturday’s promotion to League 1, without doubt, wins as his best Wycombe moment.

In terms of the Trust, he is determined to ensure that the links between the fans and the Club are as strong as possible, to the benefit of both sides, whilst ensuring that the best interests of WWFC are protected at all times.

Chairboys Funders Update:

Chairboys Funders (CBF), came into being in 2013 at a crucial moment for the Club and provided a loan of £450,000 repayable after 5 years’ which enabled the Club to survive.
CBF individuals loaned varying amounts over this time period at an interest rate of 8% pa, which in many cases was, by agreement, reduced to 4% at a later date. Their security was a first charge on the Adams Park ground. 
The loans were scheduled to be repaid at the start of May. Some of the CBF have decided to have their loans repaid in full. Others are taking part repayment or no repayment, with some increasing their loan and extending them for a further 2 or 5 years at 4%p interest for the longer term.
The Trust are extremely grateful to all the CBF for their superb support which initially enabled the Club to survive and now will help it to cope with the pressures of cashflow without bank loans, at a critical time in our future.

The Woodlands Lounge

Work on the Woodlands Lounge is now complete. The support and understanding shown by the Loss Adjuster means that the Club will not be left out of pocket.

Trust Directors Sponsor Luke Again

The Trust Directors have once again personally sponsored the home shirt of Luke O’Nien for next season.
The cost of this sponsorship is met by the directors themselves and not out of Trust funds.

Why the Trust Matters

Trust ownership has given the Club a level of stability that had been lacking previously. The Trust passionately believes in the preservation of the heritage and history of our Club and seeks to share it with the wider community. The Trust is a volunteer led, democratic organisation which seeks to foster a real sense of ownership amongst the Club’s supporters. The Trust is an ever-changing entity, not constrained by the whims of individual Directors or owners. 
All Trust members are equal and anyone of them can be elected or co-opted onto the Trust Board and, from there, onto the Club Board. The Trust’s annual subscription of £10 per annum makes Trust membership accessible to all.

If you are not yet a member of the Trust, or if your membership has lapsed, now is a good time to join. Contact John Bignell at johnbig@btinternet.com

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Apr
25

Trust Directors Sponsor Luke Yet Again

Wycombe Wanderers Players Sponsor Dinner at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England on 24 April 2018. Photo by Vince Mignott / PRiME Media Images.

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 a good number of other kit 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.

Apr
22

Trust Matters – 21st April 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 Board is that of (Group) Finance Director, a role that he also fills on the Club Board, working to secure the financial future of the Club and day to day cashflow.  He understands the brutal reality of what it takes to run a League club and ensure its future.  He owns a business transformation  and change management consultancy transformationdelivery.com and has used those skills and experience to transform the finances of the Club, Trust and Group of companies, delivering changes in the way the businesses are shaped and works to get the best results.

What is a Legacy Trust Member (LTM)?

A Trust member who has also been a Season Ticket Holder for four consecutive years becomes an LTM. Membership costs remain the same as before. The following decisions must be made by Legacy Member resolution:

  • Any decision to sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of Adams Park;
  • Any decision to sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of shares in the Club that would result in the Trust’s shareholding being less than 50% +1;
  • Any decision to sell Club memorabilia; and Such other decisions (relating to the history and character of the Club) as the Board of Directors may reasonably determine from time to time. You can join the Trust via this link Membership Form


Extract from Trust Board Minutes from 22.3.18

  • Discussions are on-going with the Eden Centre about working with WWFC in terms of retail space
  • The possibility of replacing the big screen is currently being investigated
  • Volunteers will assist at the Training Ground on several dates to clear, lop and burn branches/small trees.
  • Building a database of Hillbottom Road firms in order to facilitate keeping the road clear on match days, especially evening matches is in progress.
  • End of Season dinner will be on 6th May. All fans are welcome to attend and tickets are available from the Club at £50 pp plus Vat.
  • Player sales and income from football fortune will be well below last season. This will have an impact on the P&L, which is expected to be down on last year. This also has an impact on cash flow levels which are being managed extremely closely as a result. A major review of budgets has been undertaken by the Group Finance Director and Chairman and adjustments made where necessary to reduce costs and boost income.


Marcus Bean’s last-minute winner against Carlisle was overwhelmingly selected as the ‘Magic Moment’ of the season so far at an event at Adams Park on 24th March celebrating the contributions of supporters to the 500 Club-18.

Raising £30,000 so far, the 500 Club-18 is designed to generate funds for the transfer budget, helping Gareth Ainsworth bring the likes of Tafari Moore and Curtis Thompson to Adams Park, and extending the loan deal of Dan Scarr.

A packed out Caledonian Suite saw 500 Club-18 contributors dine with the playing squad, watch a selection of ‘Magic Moments’ and select their winner, with young fan Millie Cross presenting Marcus with his prize.

Gareth Ainsworth and Adebayo Akinfenwa also addressed the audience, with Adam El-Abd and Matt Bloomfield picking winners in the raffle.

Why you should join the Trust

  • It has brought increased security to the Club.
  • It helps to secure the future of a number of organisations embraced by the Trust, such as WWLFC and WWSET.
  • The Trust is a democratic organisation, a volunteer led entity and no one on the Trust board receives a salary.
  • It’s an ever changing entity not constrained by the whims of any individual Director or owner.
  • It preserves the heritage and history of our Club, something which you can contribute to by joining today.
  • The Trust’s annual subscription of £10 per annum makes it accessible to all, so if you are not yet a member of the Trust, or if your membership has lapsed, now is a good time to join. Contact John Bignall at johnbig@wycomebewandererstrust.com


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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.

Apr
3

Trust Matters – 2nd April 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 supporter of Wycombe Wanderers since the day we entered the Football League and have been a season ticket holder for the past 13 years. I joined the Trust four years ago and volunteered to serve on the Trust’s memorabilia committee a couple of years ago.

I have lived in South Bucks for most of my life and I am well aware of the history and traditions of this football club.

I have recently been a Board member and company Director of UK Screen, the trade body responsible for companies offering Production Services to the UK’s film and television industries and I was President of the BKSTS (the British Film & Television Society) for four years. I have also been an International Governor of the American Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers. I believe that with my business background, having successfully run my own Company from 2007-2015, I am suitably qualified to help make decisions that are in the best interests of the Trust and Wycombe Wanderers football club.

The Share Scheme – an update:

This was launched in March 2015 and its key aims were:

  • To provide a capital injection to re-finance the Club;
  • To provide resources to improve the profitability of the business;
  • To improve the attraction of Adams Park as an alternative venue;
  • To widen the community ownership of the Football Club and its social benefits.

The Share Scheme now has commitments up to the end of 2019/20 totalling £744,000. It has injected capital into the Club and substantially improved its profitability. Investment has gone into Adams Park to purchase several essential items as well as some Stadium improvements that can be seen. Read here for more on that. There are still many things on the “wish list” and funds from our members are providing things the Club otherwise would not be able to afford. 

Trust Members still paying monthly amounts into the Share Scheme will be entitled to their next share certificate/tax relief claim form in April. Due to the number to be issued and to save on postage costs, could those people please collect an envelope from the Trust table in the Caledonian Suite prior to the final Home game vs Stevenage on Saturday 5th May.

Whilst the injection of funds into the Club has been a huge help, we are not out of the woods yet and fans can still join the Share Scheme either through one off donations or through regular payments. You can do this on the Trust website through this link http://www.wycombewandererstrust.com/share-offer  or for any more information send an email to shares@wycombewandererstrust.com

The Woodlands Leak

On 3rd of March a pipe burst in Kiosk 7 on the concourse in the Frank Adams Stand and was not discovered till Monday morning, by which time it had caused huge damage to many areas.

This photo was taken just after the leak was discovered. The concourse was flooded and the Woodlands, Executive Suite, 6 Executive boxes, the kitchen, bar and toilets had been flooded to a depth of 2 “.

There has been water damage to fabric of the building, damage to catering equipment, to furniture and fittings, to floors, ceilings and many other areas.

One of the key objectives in this type of situation is to detail all the damage and through working with the loss adjuster appointed by the insurers, agree costs for repair and reparation. This has been led for the Trust by John Derben who is a Trust Director. His long experience in the building trade has made sure that we have a capable pair of hands pulling all the activity together.

Michael Davies and his Club team responded superbly to the crisis, putting in a huge number of hours, over and above all normal expectations. It will be weeks yet before things are back to normal and the final cost, which will be funded by our insurers, could be in the region of £200,000. The completion date is looking like end of April 2018, but this is just an estimate.

Why the Trust Matters

Trust ownership has given the Club a level of stability that had been lacking previously. The Trust passionately believes in the preservation of the heritage and history of our Club and seeks to share it with the wider community. The Trust is a volunteer led, democratic organisation which seeks to foster a real sense of ownership amongst the Club’s supporters. The Trust is an ever-changing entity, not constrained by the whims of individual Directors or owners.  All Trust members are equal and anyone of them can be elected or co-opted onto the Trust Board and, from there, onto the Club Board. The Trust’s annual subscription of £10 per annum makes Trust membership accessible to all. If you are not yet a member of the Trust, or if your membership has lapsed, now is a good time to join. Contact John Bignall at johnbig@wycomebewandererstrust.com

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Trust Matters – 24th March 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 Wanderers in October 1969 having been persuaded to attend my first game by two school friends.  A season ticket holder from around 1992, I have rarely missed a home game since and also get to attend many of the away games.

After working for HSBC Bank for over 42 years in various managerial positions, I retired in 2015.  I am keen to now devote my time and energy to not just helping the Trust safeguard the Club’s heritage, but to also help drive it forward under the Trust ownership model.  I believe that my broad experience will help augment the skills of the existing Board members in achieving this aim.”

Latest from 500 Club’18 and the Share Scheme:

There are now 145 members of 500 Club’18, who have donated £30,000 this season to the playing budget. This has helped secure the loans of Dan Scarr, Nathan McGinley, Tafari Moore, Randall Williams and Curtis Thompson.

The Share Scheme has now banked £562,000 since it was launched and there is another £175,000 committed over the next two seasons. There are over 180 fans still contributing with regular payments and another 160 fans have made one off payments.

Update from Trust Board Meeting 22nd February

  • Approval has been given for the repair of lighting in Frank Adams Stand at a cost of £9,500, paid for by the Trust
  • Trust subscriptions are outstanding to a sum of £500. Follow up action is taking place.
  • A meeting with the Board of Chairboys Funders took place to outline the proposed new scheme to replace the existing one which matures in May 2018. Positive feedback was given, and all Funders will be written to with details of the new scheme.
  • Code of Conduct policy for Trust Directors was discussed and agreed, subject to minor amendments to be made following the meeting.
  •  GDPR: (How Companies protect personal data) good progress is being made and is on course for the 25 May18 live date.  Interest assessment is complete for Directors and in progress for Club staff.  Policy document will be updated 4 weeks before live date in May.
  • Ability to continue to claim EIS Tax relief on Share Scheme contributions is being investigated, due to recent HMRC changes.
  • WWLFC – Integration into the Club continues. There is a budget for team operation/management.


PALS Update

Volunteers will be doing maintenance work on hedges at the Training Ground on 25th March. Start time is 9.30 am, all tools will be provided. If you can help please contact John Derben on j.derben123@btinternet.com  or 01494 441145.

 

Why the Trust Matters

Trust ownership has given the Club a level of stability that had been lacking previously. The Trust passionately believes in the preservation of the heritage and history of our Club and seeks to share it with the wider community. The Trust is a volunteer led, democratic organisation which seeks to foster a real sense of ownership amongst the Club’s supporters. The Trust is an ever-changing entity, not constrained by the whims of individual Directors or owners.  All Trust members are equal and anyone of them can be elected or co-opted onto the Trust Board and, from there, onto the Club Board. The Trust’s annual subscription of £10 per annum makes Trust membership accessible to all. If you are not yet a member of the Trust, or if your membership has lapsed, now is a good time to join. Contact John Bignall at johnbig@wycomebewandererstrust.com

Trust Matters Feedback

If you have any queries about Trust Matters or if you would like us to consider adding something to the next edition, please contact Trust Matters editor, Nigel Kingston on nigel@ascom.net