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Jan
1

500 Club Showing Its Worth As Jamal Stays On

Speaking on the news that loan goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has had his loan period from Chelsea extended until the end of this season, Manager Gareth Ainsworth had this to say:

“There’s a lot of work to be done in January to keep this squad as strong as it can be and to give us a real chance of achieving something in the second half of the season.
The 500 Club has played a massive part so far and I’d like to thank everyone who’s contributed because the fans here can make such a difference.”

The 500 Club was set up to bolster Gareth’s playing budget, initially in the January 2017 window, and we already seen the Scott Kashket and Jamal Blackman deals.

If you can help boost the sum already raised for this purpose then please go to www.500wanderers.co.uk

Dec
20

Final 2016 Board Meeting – Summary

The WWSGL (Wycombe Wanderers Trust) Board recently met for their final monthly meeting of 2016. A summary of the discussions are below.

AGM:

• As confirmed at the AGM, Colin Treacher has retired by rotation, replaced by Lawrie Read (unopposed).

• Jordon Ibe: as members found out at the AGM, the Jordon Ibe monies had been received, which has allowed the entirety of Steve Hayes’ debt to be repaid, as well as leaving a surplus.

• It was agreed that the Trust’s Registered Address be changed to Adams Park following Colin Treacher standing down from the Board.

• A further finance forum was held on 8th December to discuss the financial aspects and slides presented on the night. This was only attended by two members so we assume members are happy with what they have been shown/ told. If not, we have a Trust table at every home match in the Calendonian Suite, ran by our Directors on a rota basis, so please come and see us with any further questions.

Player Fund:

• With all promised subscriptions included, the Player Fund total now stands at £50,680 with over 290 contributors. The Board still hopes to see further donations coming through over the next couple of weeks prior to the January transfer window opening. This represents significant progress since the AGM and the announcement of Scott Kashket signing a 2 and a half year contract.

• There was a widespread belief that the impressive total donated by supporters show what the fans of Wycombe Wanderers want to invest in: the playing squad.

• The funds generated so far amount to a superb total which will really help Gareth Ainsworth’s budget in January.

• There had been no recent change in the total investment of the Share Scheme, which still runs in conjunction with the 500 Club Player Fund.

Club News:

• The new general manager, Michael Davies, had been announced and will start on 9th January 2017.

• A new range of club shop items arrived just prior to the Leyton Orient match on 17th December. All proceeds now go to the club and fans are encouraged to have a look at what is available.

• Corporate hospitality sold out for the Leyton Orient match.

• Tickets for the Stourbridge FA Cup 3rd Round match at Adams Park on Saturday 7th January are now on general sale.

PALS:

• John Derben reported that 6 volunteers were attending the stadium twice per week, carrying out various maintenance tasks including redecorating the toilets, maintaining the fire exit route behind the Frank Adams Stand and jet washing throughout the stadium when required.

• The thanks of everyone in attendance is always noted for our loyal volunteers. We will continue to recruit new volunteers for tasks as they arise.

WWSET:

David Roberton updated the meeting on the following points:
• Meetings have been held with the Berks & Bucks FA who are very supportive of the Club’s approach to ladies’ football.
• Additionally, meetings have been held with other local Football League Clubs to better understand best practice within their operations. Watch this space!

Fans Council:

• It has been agreed that Mark Bowring will head up a revised Fans’ Council where representatives from each sector of the Stadium will participate so that issues can be brought forward to the Club / Trust for review and action as appropriate.

The Trust Board will meet again in mid-January 2017.

Thanks for reading.

Dec
20

Trust Directors Talk Us Through Their Role – Part 7

Now it’s the turn of David Roberton to explain some of his input into the Football Club via the Trust Board:

“As a grandchild might ask – “ … and what do you do grandad?”.

Firstly as a Trust member I try and participate in fundraising activities including the Walk to Oxford, the Snowdon Climb and most recently the Ride to Amsterdam with Keith Ryan and Keith Scott.

Secondly, as an elected representative on the Trust Board, I try to make myself visible and available to answer members’ questions by serving real ale in the newly renamed Caledonian Suite and having a season ticket on the terrace, even though the latter means the risk of abuse from Al and Phil or interrogation from Richard.

However, each Trust Director now has a specific role and I currently represent the football club on the board of Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust (“WWSET”), the charitable arm of the football club. WWSET is a part of ‘One Wycombe’ and is expanding and developing its role in the local community through the leadership of Paul Foley under the guidance of a board headed by Steve Edgar.

WWSET runs a diverse range of activities within the community, all of which aim to provide opportunities for improvements in health, education, social inclusion and sports participation, including football. Supporters of Wycombe Wanderers will be aware of the fact that following the Trust takeover of the club in 2012, a painful decision had to be made to disband the youth academy which under the guidance of Richard Dobson had provided an enviable record in developing players for the first team, many of whom including Matt Phillips, Russell Martin and Jordon Ibe would go on to play at the highest level.

Whilst it is unlikely that the club will be able to reinstate a youth academy in the near future, the development of talented local football players by Wycombe Wanderers has not stopped. Through the WWSET Elite Centre, boys aged between seven and 16 receive four hours of professional coaching each week, plus play matches against other professional clubs, elite centres and academies, and whilst there is no opportunity for them to further their development through WWFC, in recent years more than 70 boys have gone on to join academies including Arsenal, Chelsea, Reading and Spurs, including 10+ already this season.

Through WWSET, the reputation and name of Wycombe Wanderers as a club who play an active role in giving local children opportunities in football is being maintained.  In the summer of 2016, WWSET  made another step forward by announcing the formation of an Elite and Development Academy for girls and teams will be run at under 10, 11, 12 and 13 age groups. The first competitive matches will be played against Northampton Town on December 21st. My role is to help ensure that the planned WWSET activities complement those of WWFC in the community.”

Dec
20

Trust Directors Talk Us Through Their Role – Part 6

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The latest Trust Director to explain their particular role is our Membership Secretary and representative of the Ex-Players Association, John Bignell:

“November is the busiest time of the year for me in my role as  Membership Secretary. Subscriptions become due at the beginning of the month so updating the database as over 1000 standing order and cash payments come in is a very time consuming exercise. Cash and cheque payers need reminders to pay, mostly by email for those that have it but also by post for others. Standing orders and email does make life easier so my plea to those members who are able to but haven’t yet done so is let me have an email address and contact me to set up a standing order.

The need to have the database updated and correct is important as only paid up members can be admitted to the AGM and vote on key issues.

Earlier in the year I was asked to join the board of Frank Adams Legacy Limited my brief being to oversee the recording and displaying of the vast quantity of club memorabilia and records. John Taylor, vice chairman of Wycombe Wanderers Ex Players Association has worked closely with me on this with help from Trust members Lawrie Read, Dave Goulding, Phil Ball and Alan Hodgson.

If you have not been into Monty’s bar (formerly Scores) this season I urge you to do so to take a look at the updated project undertaken  throughout the summer. You can now see more historical photos, trophies and artefacts around the bar and surrounding areas, creating a visual chronology of the club from its foundation in 1887 right through to the current day.

The display traces key moments including the FA Amateur Cup Finals of 1931 and 1957, the eight Isthmian League title wins, FA Trophy and Play Off glory at Wembley under Martin O’Neill, the transformation into a successful professional side and eventual elevation to the Football League in 1993. There is scope to refresh and update this area and new improved lighting is due to installed imminently. The Ex Players Association have kindly funded this project and we are very grateful to them.

We are now looking at other areas of the stadium where more items of our illustrious history can be shared by all. Many thanks to all who have offered help and encouragement with this.”

Dec
5

500 Club Helps Secure Kashket Deal

scott-kashketWycombe Wanderers Trust chairman Trevor Stroud says the club’s signing of striker Scott Kashket on a long-term contract underlines the importance of the 500 Club initiative.

Kashket put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year contract on Monday afternoon after an outstanding spell in the light and dark blue quarters, scoring nine times in nine appearances since joining in August.

Contributions from supporters into the 500 Club have enabled the Chairboys to commit to the signing of the 20-year-old striker, and Stroud says he hopes fans will realise the significance of the part they have been playing.

“The 500 Club is a fantastic initiative which gives fans the opportunity to shape the future of their club on the pitch,” he said. “We all know the limitations on the playing budget and Gareth and his staff have done a fantastic job in assembling the squad which is currently producing some superb results and performances in both the league and two cups.

“Keeping Scott at Adams Park is a major success story of the 500 Club but we want there to be many more, and I would urge any supporter who hasn’t yet contributed to dig deep and put their £150 into the pot to keep this momentum moving forward.”

The 500 Club asks for contributions of £150 per person – payable as a one-off sum or via monthly instalments – with assorted rewards on offer from a series of prize draws which recognise the support of those who have played their part.

Launched in September, the initiative is aimed at raising £75,000 for the playing budget, to be used in the January transfer window. More than half of the target has so far been raised with four weeks to go until the window opens.

To sign up to the 500 Club, visit 500wanderers.co.uk, or visit the Trust table inside the Caledonian Suite on home matchdays.

Dec
4

New Director Joins Trust Board

At last weeks’ Trust AGM, 4 directors were appointed to serve on the Trust Board.

Alan Cecil, had already served 2 spells of 3 years, retired by rotation and was re-elected.

David Roberton had been co-opted to fill a vacancy during the past year and was now re-elected.

Similarly David Smith had been co-opted earlier this year to fill a vacancy and therefore was required to seek election to the Board, which was agreed by all present.

lawrie-readWith Colin Treacher retiring from the Board after 6 years, his place was taken by newcomer Lawrie Read, pictured right.

Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud paid tribute to the work done by Colin not only in the areas of Membership and as Company Secretary but also in many other ways both seen and unseen. Colin was presented with a framed first team shirt signed by the first team squad.

For full details on Alan, David R, David S and Lawrie (plus the rest of the Trust Board), click here

Dec
2

Slides from Trust AGM

The minutes from the Trust AGM held on Wednesday 30th November will be sent to members in due course.

In the meantime here are the slides used during the meeting. agm-301116

See separate article below for the Q&A held with Andrew Howard , Club Chairman

 

Nov
12

Jordon Ibe Transfer Update

jordon-ibeAfter working for a few months now to secure our sell on share of Jordon’s transfer from Liverpool to Bournemouth, the Club directors are finally making very real progress. 

As we have previously said, we have been limited in the information ‎we can give out because of very stringent confidentiality clauses in the various contracts. 

Whilst this problem remains, we expect to be able to give an update at the AGM on Wednesday 30 November and you have my assurance we will say as much as we possibly can. 

I appreciate the lack of information has been frustrating ‎- it has been frustrating for us as well – but equally I know you wouldn’t have wanted us to do anything that could have jeopardised the Club’s position. 

Updates will be provided shortly after the AGM for those of you unable to attend. 

Trevor Stroud
Chairman

Nov
1

Trust Directors Talk Us Through Their Role – Part 5

The first to ‘declare their hand’ in this series was David Cook for whom the following article was published in the Accrington matchday programme back in August:

dc1As a Trust and Football Club Director we all have to accept responsibilities and ensure involvement and commitment to every single element of operating a successful and stable Club. Being a fan owned Club demands nothing short of that level of dedication. As Directors, we all use our work experience to accept related responsibilities within the Club, but, being a small, tight knit body we are often called upon to accept duties which might be outside our usual levels of experience. But that’s the nature of our Club, we all do what is necessary and required of us.

Coming from a background of employment in the highly regulated, nuclear healthcare industry has enabled me to use that particular experience to become involved in a number of different activities.

Many of you will know that the Football Club is allowed to operate only if we are granted a Safety Certificate by Bucks County Council. That requires that the County and District Councils, Thames Valley Police, the Fire Service, Southern Counties Ambulance Service, St John, the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) and ultimately the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) are satisfied with how we operate and how we ensure the safety of everyone attending Adams Park. In order to maintain our Safety Certificate, a Governance Committee was formed some 2 years ago and I sit on that body.

The responsibility that I accepted was to re-write the Operations Manual, the document that defines our Medial Plan, Fire Plan, Stewarding Plan and Contingency Plan, amongst many other things, in such a way that the Club is able to apply for self-certification. This means that the Club will define how it operates in such a way that SAG is satisfied, rather than our being told how to operate. Working very closely with the Stadium Manager, the Safety Officer and a fellow Trust Director having relevant experience, that task is close to completion, with an early indication from SAG and SGSA that we are on track. Maintenance of the Operations Manual is an ongoing task, it being essential that we react positively to feedback and changes in governing bodies’ regulations, so the work is never really complete.

My work on the Governance Committee has resulted in my representing the Football Club Board on the Safety Advisory Group, comprising the regulatory bodies mentioned above. The Club’s relationship with SAG has improved considerably over the past eighteen months as a result of the proactive, cooperative approach that has been generated by our Governance Committee and should ensure success in our objective of Self Certification.

Of the many other responsibilities that I have shared, probably the highest visibility areas would be the Community Share Scheme, the provision of the matchday bus service and the establishment of the sale of matchday badges, now administered by a fellow Trust Director. The responsibility that I least expected to assume is that of the Company Secretary, not to be confused with the role of the Club Secretary, two very different roles. In that role, I act as the secretary to the Board and all other duties associated with the legal and financial requirements of Companies House.

I do all of these things as a fan, as someone who enjoys being part of the Club that we all love!

Oct
28

Trust Directors Talk Us Through Their Roles – Part 4

In the next part of our series profiling the duties of members of the Trust Board of Directors, we hear from Alan Cecil in an article which first appeared in ‘Parklife’ for last Saturday’s home match vs Barnet.

afc-sept-2016“I expect I am best known as the man who distributes the team sheets outside and inside of the Vere Suite on each match day!

I first became a Trust Director back in 2011 over a year before the takeover of the club. I hoped that I could give freely my skills and experience of 40 years work in the financial sector. I then took early retirement at the end of 2012 and was immediately thrust into the task of trying to raise further working capital for the football club, linked to the security of our prime asset, Adams Park. This proved a tougher task than we imagined with most banks shunning anything to do with football clubs and only very expensive loan companies showing any interest. Out of that came the necessity for the sale and leaseback of the Training Ground and the establishment of the Chairboys Funders scheme.

I now administer the Trust Share Scheme which we launched in the spring of 2015 after many months of planning. This involves me acknowledging and adding each new application to the database, then checking the Trust bank account every day for incoming payments, recording them and ensuring they are ring-fenced for the purposes of the Scheme. I then issue all the share certificates and the tax claim forms every year, which also is a sizeable manual task.

Annual Trust memberships hit our bank account during the autumn months and again it is my duty to spot these and pass the details onto our Membership Secretary.

Following the recent launch of the 500 Club, I am assisting with that too, checking all the bank receipts and again ensuring those funds are set-aside for when required by the club.

Frank Adams LogoI am proud to be a founder director of Frank Adams Legacy Limited – the company that owns Adams Park – and now also act as its company secretary, a position I also undertake for Chairboys Funders Limited.

?????Three years ago I was appointed as a Director/Trustee of Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust and now also act as their minute secretary. This role gives me a fascinating insight into the terrific work done by WWSET every day of the week.

In the past I have done various other volunteering jobs around the stadium – grass bank clearing, painting gates steps and stands, selling programmes, cleaning seats. I also liaise with Terry Hall at every game over the sale of the Matchday Badges – a useful fundraiser for the Trust and I record and bank the profits.

Engagement with the fans is an important part of my Trust Director role. I am chief editor of the Trust website and their Facebook page whilst also responding with factual information on other forms of social media. I do help host visiting club directors on occasions but prefer to socialise with the fans before and after the home games.

I am just a fan who introduced Wycombe Wanderers to his family and saw them become regular supporters and, in one case, a club director who then gave that up to become an employee. I am now known as Matt Cecil’s dad but I can assure you that this does not present any conflicts of interest. We both know things the other doesn’t and I was not involved in any of his appointments.

But as much as I enjoy all that has gone before, to me the best time of all is about 2.55pm when I finally get to take my seat to watch the game………….always in hope rather than expectation. Sometimes that hope is fulfilled and that’s what keeps me coming back for more!”

Oct
7

Trust Directors Talk Us Through Their Roles – Part 3

In the latest in our series where members of the Trust Board tell us about their particular roles, we hear from Nigel Kingston – pictured on the right in the picture below.

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“I was elected as a Trust Director at the AGM held in November 2015. I was delighted to become an elected member of the Trust Board as I had been working as a co-opted director for 6 months prior to this. As a fan for over 25 years it is an honour to be involved with the Club at this level.

The responsibility of the Trust Board is to safeguard the heritage of the Football Club and to work with the Football Club to contribute to improving the performance wherever possible. Each Director on the Trust board has agreed responsibilities, linked to their own expertise or interest.

My primary responsibilities have been geared to the Share Scheme and I am Chairman of the Share Scheme Marketing Group. This is a small group of 4 people, (not all Trust Directors) whose job it has been to market the Share Scheme to as wide an audience as possible. We have tried to gain high levels of awareness of the Scheme within the local Community as well as within the fan base. In order to achieve this we have reached out to local and national media, sports personalities, previous players, local businesses and a number of high net worth individuals. We have also run a number of incentives for fans, such as match day hospitality to increase participation.

I think we have been pretty successful as we have raised to date well over £700,000 and have around 315 members of the Share Scheme. Contributions to the Scheme have dropped off recently but we will be developing some new initiatives for it in early 2017. The Scheme has been fundamental in keeping the Club going by providing essential working capital, as bank loans or overdrafts are pretty hard to come by. It has been great to be involved with this initiative which has provided such a lifeline to the Club.

As you probably know we have recently launched the 500 Club. This is an initiative to raise £75,000 to boost the playing budget, especially in the January transfer window. In conjunction with the Fans Council I have been leading the development and launch of the 500 Club. So far it’s been an amazing success, we have raised £23,000 in the first nine days and have 130 fans as members. We are over 30% towards our target but need lots more fans to join, so please think about signing up on www.500wanderers.co.uk

One of the things that the Trust tries to do is to keep the fans’ interests uppermost all the time and to keep them informed of what we do through the minutes of Trust meetings and by manning the Trust table in the Vere Suite on match days, so that fans can raise any issues with the Trust directors on duty that day. As part of my responsibilities with the Share Scheme and the 500 Club, I have been working closely with the Fans’ Council which has given me a closer feel for fans opinions in these areas.

Overall I have enjoyed the time I have spent so far as a director. I have been amazed at the dedication of both the staff and the volunteers and the hours that they are prepared to put in to support the Club. I’ll continue to do whatever I can to drive the success of the Club, including shouting loud and long from the stands to encourage and support the players, through thick and thin!!”

Blues through and through

Sep
18

THE 500 CLUB: YOUR CHANCE TO FUND NEW SIGNINGS!

flyer-1Wycombe Wanderers are excited to launch a new initiative designed to strengthen the bond with its loyal supporters even further and help to maximise the club’s potential on the pitch.

The 500 Club presents the opportunity for fans to contribute to a transfer fund to be spent on new signings – either loan or permanent – during the January transfer window, strengthening the club’s chances of success in the second half of the season.

The target is £75,000, made up of pledges of £150 from 500 supporters, each of whom have the chance to win exclusive prizes in a series of draws, which could include meet and greet opportunities, behind-the-scenes tours and signed merchandise. These contributions can be made via a direct debit of £12.50 per month, or a one-off payment.

Club chairman Andrew Howard said:

“To succeed in football requires passion, belief, hard work and determination, and these are all attributes the management, players and staff have in abundance.

It also takes money, and although the club and Trust have made great strides, we still have debt, and like any football club, we will always require investment.  We have pushed our budget to the limit this season in the real hope and belief that we can, and will, achieve great things, and that has to remain our primary focus.

We have entered the 2016/17 campaign stronger financially than we have at any point under fan ownership, and while the survival and sustainability of the club is our number one priority, we want to give the management staff the best possible chance of moving us forward on the pitch, and that means widening the funds they have available to spend on players. In short, the bigger the budget, the better our chances of success.”

The 500 Club is an initiative devised and implemented by the Football Club, Trust and Fans Council in unison, and each member will receive a beautifully presented limited edition squad signed photograph, together with an invitation to an exclusive end of season event with the players.

Fans can sign up to the 500 Club in one of two ways, either by monthly direct debit or as a one off payment. Full details are available on the 500 Club website: http://www.500wanderers.co.uk