Welcome to the Wycombe Wanderers Trust

  • "Safeguarding our heritage and promoting a successful and sustainable future."

Browsing the WWFC News category

Oct
12

Fans Fund Vital New Medical Equipment

The recovery from injury of Wycombe Wanderers players will now be aided by new specialist equipment funded by supporters who have invested in the club’s share scheme.

Through the share scheme initiative, which aims to raise £2 million over five years to boost the club’s working capital, profitability and attraction of Adams Park as a first-class venue, Wanderers have been able to purchase a range of medical equipment which is tailored to accelerate players’ return to fitness after injury.

The first item to be purchased is a shockwave therapy unit which treats on-going chronic injuries by using shockwave therapy to break down scar tissue and calcium build-up. Its proactive treatment reduces further soft tissue damage caused by favouring painless limbs.

Paul Hayes (2)Wanderers captain Paul Hayes has recently required shockwave therapy treatment off-site at an ongoing cost to the club in order to aid his rehabilitation from an Achilles injury, but the acquisition of this equipment enables Wycombe to administer this treatment in-house.

 

Manager Gareth Ainsworth explained:

With a small squad of only 20 players, injuries can really hit us hard which is why we are so reliant on equipment to get them back out there onto the pitch.

We have a superb medical team of David Wates and Cian O’Doherty who do a terrific job in keeping the lads fit and healthy, and this equipment is like a new signing in terms of the reduction in time that our players will be spending on the sidelines.

Chairman Andrew Howard said:

Being a supporter-owned club, the stability and growth of Wycombe Wanderers relies on the input of the fans, whether it be encouraging others to come to games, volunteering their time and effort or contributing to the share scheme. Without those supporters who have invested their money, this purchase wouldn’t have been possible.

Our fans have a unique opportunity here to shape the future of their football club. They can affect the way that the club and team perform in a way that supporters of other teams could never get close to. Since the share scheme launched, hundreds of people have contributed investments, others have pledged but not yet committed, and I’m sure there are other fans who are considering putting their money into the club.

My message to them is simple: put what you can into Wycombe Wanderers, and you can trust us to spend it wisely to improve your football club.

The share scheme has already achieved over a third of its overall target thanks to investments from more than 250 supporters. Fans can join in by downloading a form from wycombewandererstrust.com , from this link Share Offer Forms or by collecting one from Adams Park.

Sep
28

Grab a Sponsorship Opportunity

wwfc 1We are told there are still a few opportunities left to sponsor a player’s kit, the matchball or indeed the match itself.

Click on any of the following links to find out more or call 01494 455766 or email commercial@wwfc.com

Sep
3

Watch Luke’s Amazing Ball Skills

Luke OíNien of Wycombe Wanderers is presented his home shirt from his sponsor during Wycombe Wanderers Team Photoshoot 2015 at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England on 3 August 2015. Photo by PRiME Media Images.

Before he joined us from Watford, Luke O’Nien – the WW Trust Director’s sponsored player for this season took part in the Watford FC tennis ball kick-ups challenge.

He only had 39 to beat – watch to see what happened next

Click here to view an amazing video of ball skills from this young man

Thanks to PRiME Media Images for the photograph of Luke (right)

Jul
7

Trust Announces Board Changes

Wycombe Wanderers Trust have tonight announced new appointments to the boards of the football club, Frank Adams Legacy Limited and the Trust itself.

JB pic 2 (2)NIgel KingstonIn light of the recent resignations of Don Woodward and David Roberton, both Nigel Kingston (pictured left) and John Bignell (pictured right) have been co-opted on to the Trust board, having previously stood for election at the last AGM in February.

Trust chairman Trevor Stroud has joined the board of the football club along with fellow Trust director Mark Burrell and former club chairman Ivor Beeks.

John Derben, who sits on the Trust board, has also become a director of Frank Adams Legacy Limited, which owns the Adams Park stadium and all heritage aspects of the club including historic memorabilia.

Trevor Stroud said:

“The new board structures are designed to further support the operation of the Trust and its two subsidiaries. They also mark a move towards directors being selected based on their competencies and what they can contribute.

“I am confident that these new structures can continue the progress being made on and off the field, and make Wycombe Wanderers a model for Trust-owned football clubs going forward.”

All appointments have been ratified by the board of Wycombe Wanderers Trust.

The composition of each board is as follows.

Wycombe Wanderers Trust: Trevor Stroud (chairman), John Bignell, Mark Burrell, Alan Cecil, David Cook, John Derben, Garry Heath, Dale Jenkins, Nigel Kingston, James Sumner, Colin Treacher.

Wycombe Wanderers Football Club: Andrew Howard (chairman), Ivor Beeks, Mark Burrell, David Cook, Trevor Stroud.

Frank Adams Legacy Limited: Garry Heath (chairman), Alan Cecil, John Derben.

Apr
27

Accounts Now Published for 2013-14

The audited accounts for Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited and Frank Adams Legacy Limited for the year ended 30th June 2014 are now in the public domain along with those for Wycombe Wanderers Trust Limited for the thirteen months ended 31st July 2014.

(Wycombe Wanderers Trust Limited was dissolved at 31 July 2014 and converted into Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Group Limited, an entity registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 in England and Wales)

As the above pieces of financial information are referred to in our Wycombe Wanderers Trust Community Share Offer Brochure, they can be found by clicking on the Share Offer heading at the top of this page or by clicking this link

Jan
5

Anti-Social Behaviour – Text Service

Recently there have been some complaints from opposing teams and even from our own supporters about the bad language used by some of our fans both at our ground and at those we visit.

We encourage all fans to get behind the team but not to use foul and abusive language.

We repeat below the message from the Football Club that was carried in last Saturday’s Matchday Programme.

The club would like to remind its supporters of its regulations in relation to foul and abusive language around the stadium. The club’s policy states that “The use of threatening behaviour, foul or abusive language, as well as racial, homophobic or discriminatory abuse, chanting or harassment, is strictly forbidden and will result in arrest and/or ejection from the ground. The club may impose a ban for one or more matches.”

Supporters can report any anti-social behaviour by sending the word ‘Alert’ plus your location by text message to 82055, and the situation will be dealt with in a controlled manner by our team of stewards. This service is completely confidential.

Jul
17

Statement from Wycombe Wanderers Trust re New WWFC Chairman

Two years ago Wycombe Wanderers Trust took over the ownership of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club with Don Woodward taking on the position as Chairman for this historic club.

Don took over the Chairman’s role at a challenging time for the club and has worked tirelessly since then to establish a platform for growth. In this time the club has gone through many highs and lows and it is a credit to Don that he has steered the club to its current position.

Due to increasing personal work commitments Don has now decided that the time is right to step down as Chairman but he will remain on the Trust Board and assist the new Chairman .

We would like to thank Don for his vital input to Wycombe Wanderers over the many years and his commitment to the Chairman’s role over the last 2 years.

AHDon Woodward will officially step down as Chairman on the 31st July 2014 and be replaced by Andrew Howard (pictured right).

Andrew brings with him an established and successful background of business growth within the food industry and is actively involved in the motorsport Industry. Bringing with him a wealth of management and leadership experience, Andrew has been involved with WWFC for the last 5 years and takes on the role with Trust Board approval.

Don Woodward comments: “After two years as Chairman of the Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, the time has come for me to step down and hand over this challenging and rewarding role to Andrew Howard.  Having worked hard to provide a platform for this next stage of development, I am excited about this next chapter for the club and will remain on the trust board to help assist the new chairman in his role.

I have asked Andrew to take on the role from 1st August 2014, ready for the coming season, and wish him every success in this new and exciting chapter for the Club.”

Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud comments: “I would like to personally thank Don for his tireless commitment and the commendable job he has done as Wycombe Wanderers Chairman over the last 2 years. His efforts during the takeover two years ago and since have been an integral part of ensuring Wycombe Wanderers future as a professional football club.”

Andrew Howard comments: “I have been working closely with Don to ensure I am fully equipped to take on the role as Chairman, continuing to build a platform that the Club can grow from and I am very much looking forward to Wycombe Wanderers continuing its exciting journey.”

-Ends-

Jun
14

General Meeting Questions and Answers from Tuesday 10 June 2014

wwfc 1The following covers questions asked during the Football Club Q&A, following the break. Questions relating to the Trust resolution on the Share Scheme will be covered in the meeting minutes, which have been sent to Trust Members. 

General Issues – answered by Don Woodward 

Q: Can you provide an update on the Bristol Rovers issue?

A: Our view is there is no case to answer. The FA and FL are both running enquiries and we are waiting for their judgements.

Q: Do these enquiries involve any players other than Matt Phillips?

A: No.

Q: Have you incurred any legal costs in dealing with this?

A: No.

Q: Will you avoid future changes to kick off times without consultation, e.g. on Boxing Day?

A: Following discussions regarding Sky, we think a televised match at 3pm on Boxing Day is unlikely in future and therefore this particular issue is unlikely to arise again.

Q: How are season ticket sales progressing?

A: We have sold around 1500, which is on par with this stage last year.

Q: Will the volunteer activity continue now that John Derben is no longer on the Board?

A: Yes, John is still managing this work and we are very grateful to him for the great job he is doing.

Commercial Issues – answered by Andrew Howard

Q: Can we make better use of the facilities here at Adams Park to generate revenue?

A: Yes, AP is a great facility and is underused. A key focus will be match days and Wasps match days. There is some work to do to put our ‘house in order’ to develop non match day income.

Q: Will food and beverage be improved?

A: Yes, changes will be made and a questionnaire will be circulated to seek feedback.

Q: How do you plan to increase revenues to the figures in the presentation?

A: We will make changes that are right for the Club and seek your feedback, as above. On match days, it is critical to ensure the offer is right and represents good value, including for away fans. For our sponsors, we must give them real access to sell and not just the opportunity to erect a sign.

Q: The Northampton and Bristol Rovers matches demonstrated there are additional fans to be attracted back to matches. Will you be looking to build attendances?

A: Yes, we will have a plan around a clear marketing message that targets specific matches. 

Team Issues – answered by David Roberton

Q: Are we looking to re-sign Stuart Beavon?

A: We have enquired about a loan deal, but this looks unlikely and would probably be too expensive.

Q: Do you expect Anthony Stewart and Junior Morias to sign new deals?

A: We cannot be certain at this time, but in any case we are looking at alternatives. We have three specific targets and if we can sign two of these three, we will be very pleased. A left back is a priority to allow Sam Wood to play further forward. We will also use the loan market, although these deals tend to happen nearer to the start of the season.

Q: With our playing budget being cut, what do you anticipate will be our league position?

A: Higher than last year! We will have a smaller squad and injury prevention and fewer suspensions will be important. We are though very confident that Gareth will deliver a much better season, with his own increased experience and the opportunity to shape his own squad.

Q: Are you recruiting a new first team physio?

A: Yes, at the moment.

Apr
1

Financial Statements for Period Ended 30th June 2013

The audited accounts have now been filed at Companies House and are therefore available in the public domain.

These were circulated to our members prior to the Trust AGM in February but can now be viewed via the following links:

 

Trust Logo  Wycombe Wanderers Trust Accounts to 30 June 2013
  These statements consolidate the accounts of Wycombe Wanderers Trust
Limited and all of its subsidiaries.

 

wwfc 1 Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Accounts to 30 June 2013

 

 

Frank Adams LogoFrank Adams Legacy Limited Accounts to 30 June 2013

May
30

WWFC Publishes Audited Accounts to 30.6.12

WWFCThe Football Club has now filed at Companies House, the audited accounts of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited for the year ended 30th June 2012.

That date is of course the day after the Wycombe Wanderers Trust took over ownership of the company and whilst reference is made to this fact and related transactions that took place, the financial figures represent the trading period prior to the Trust taking control.

The accounts can be reviewed via this link WWFC Accounts to 30.6.12

May
13

High Court Hearing – Winding Up Order Dismissed

The Trust is pleased to confirm that the football club has settled its outstanding tax bill with HM Revenue & Customs.

Wanderers were represented in the High Court today (Monday) where the winding up petition that they faced was dismissed.

Joint-chairman of WWFC Don Woodward said:

“The High Court hearing was a formality and we would like to thank HMRC for their cooperation.

A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to ensure the club can progress and we are confident that plans are in place to make this happen.”

Apr
27

Chairman Don Says Thanks To You All

DonWWriting in the club’s programme ‘1887’ for today’s final game, WWFC Chairman Don Woodward expresses his thoughts at the end of the first season as a Trust owned club.

Don says: “What a year it’s been!  The fact that we stand here safe from any threat of relegation, and edging closer to long-term financial security, is a testament to everyone who has worked incredibly hard in the name of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. I think it’s only fitting to pay tribute to those people in this column.

To my fellow directors on the club and Trust boards, all of whom work voluntarily and give up huge numbers of hours to help the club make progress in a wide variety of areas. We always knew it would be tough, but we’ve overcome countless hurdles together.

To the staff who have knuckled down and worked tremendously well as a team, accepting the changes we’ve implemented with the right attitudes and continuing to provide superb service to our supporters, sponsors, partners and visitors.

To Gareth and his management team – what an achievement you have made. Inheriting a team on a downward spiral and turning the situation around in this manner shows true quality, class and togetherness. You have the support of everyone at the club, and to have Gareth as manager for the next two years is fantastic news. Keep up the good work!

To the players who have helped put a smile back on the faces of the fans, particularly the younger lads who have shown professionalism and experience beyond your years. You stuck together through the tough times, took on board what Gareth has asked of you and the end result is a united group of players who possess the talent and commitment required to push higher up the table next year.

To those volunteers who have helped us throughout the year in a number of ways. Whether it be maintaining the grounds, delivering leaflets, selling programmes, lending your expertise or any contribution of time and effort, you have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help your club and believe me, it has not gone unnoticed at all.

And to you, the supporters, who have played a massive part in shaping the way in which we are heading.

There is no finer sight than seeing Adams Park rocking after a hard-fought victory, or to see the faces of those fans who travel hundreds of miles for a memorable away-day success. This really is your club, and by continuing to get behind us (and inviting new supporters to come on board), we will carry on heading in the right direction and ensure this remains a club to be proud of for generations to come.”