WWFC Covid Recovery Fundraiser #MakeUsRoar

by Wesley Williams in Woburn, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 4th June 2021 we successfully raised £15,326 with 156 supporters in 28 days

Help WWFC raise £12k and come back roaring in 21/22, so we continue to provide amazing football experiences for all our players & supporters

by Wesley Williams in Woburn, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Every penny really does count at WWFC and with more rewards to offer soon and more fundraising to come, we've set ourselves a stretch target of £16000. They say dream big and why not, Milton Keynes is growing fast and we want to grow with it, by helping as many kids to get into sport as possible. Extra funds will also allow us to look at improved ground care to support play through the wet winter months and allow us to get more teams on more pitches, more often.


Woburn & Wavendon Football Club

Woburn & Wavendon Football Club (formerly Woburn Lions and Woburn Lionesses) was founded in 1976 and is one of the oldest and largest clubs in the area.

Non profit-making and 100% volunteer run, Woburn & Wavendon F.C. is an F.A. Charter Standard Community Club. Accredited with Community Club status means the club is among the country’s best; proven to be well run, sustainable and places child protection, quality coaching and safety as paramount. 

Most of all, The Lions & Lionesses are ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN. We aim to help all our players develop their full footballing potential, make friends and enjoy loads of smiles along the way.

WWFC Crowdfunding FAQ: http://bit.ly/wwfc-faq

What does WWFC offer?

  • WWFC support 550 boys and girls of all abilities playing for 44 teams from age 5 to adult, ran by 95+ qualified volunteer coaches from FA Level 1 to UEFA B.
  • Playing matches in 5 leagues, across 3 counties from MKDDL to Beds FA Girls, watched and supported by over 1,000 parents.
  • We provide weekly Goalability football sessions for pan-disability children.
  • We're also officially sanctioned as an FA Wildcats Centre, providing a pathway for almost 200 girls into the club's football teams in the last 2 years.
  • As part of the FA’s Pitch Improvement Programme, our team of volunteers manage and provide ground care for 21 pitches on 9 different sites.
  • And... we run two of the largest grassroots football tournaments in South East England every year:
    • 300 boys, mixed and girls teams took part in 18/19.
    • With teams from all over the the UK and Europe.
    • Supported by over 11,000 spectators.
    • Organised and run entirely by volunteers.

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The importance of WWFC in the community

WWFC operates in a mixed rural and urbanised area. Our playing locations are mainly located in and around rural villages in Central Bedfordshire and North Buckinghamshire. Here grassroots football is one of the few regular participation sports available. However just over 20% of our membership is from BME groups, especially derived from urbanised Milton Keynes. The Club operates a policy of "participation first" whereby low income families can be offered reduced membership subscriptions, and many youngsters without the means to attend sessions are given assistance.

WWFC is so proud to be the focus for regular healthy community engagement for not only hundreds of boys and girls of all abilities and backgrounds, but also for thousands of multi-generational families, carers and friends. The club provides a unique focus for fun and friendship through football, and especially provides opportunities for community engagement and support. A great example is WWFC's community involvement in Remembrance Weekend - we are one of the biggest supporters of Poppies4kits in the UK, and our ongoing support of Stonewall's Rainbow Laces Campaign for inclusivity in sport.

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How was the club doing pre-covid?

WWFC was in an exceptionally good position prior to COVID. We had developed an operating model that has been able to grow the Club year on year, with more members enjoying more participation at more sites than ever before and 100% volunteer run. All teams have been provided with new training and playing kit, receive regular pro-coaching, train on 3G floodlit pitches in winter months, and all for one of the most reasonable member subscription fees around.

Above all, the Club has gained and retained the highest level of FA Charter Standard accreditation for grassroots clubs - Community Club. This means that our systems and processes for operating are spot on. Financially secure for many years, this has meant the Club has been able to focus on long term development and improvement plans as well as continuing and building upon the valuable community initiatives we already have in place.

Why are we raising money?

COVID has seen the decimation of two consecutive football seasons. This has had a significant impact on revenue generated from three main areas:

  • Club Tournaments
  • Sponsorship
  • Subscriptions

Our club run four of the largest and most successful football tournaments in the country. Our boys and girls events have traditionally not only delivered masses of fun, friendship and football every year, they have also provided a very important income stream.

Cancelling our tournaments has cost the club approximately £30k in revenue over the last two seasons, which combined with reduced sponsorship of around £5k makes it imperative that we try to raise money to safeguard current and future community initiatives.

Their loss, combined with reduced subscription income, means that these highly valued yet costly community initiatives may have to be reduced or stopped at a time when they are needed most.

Initiatives such as:

  • GoalAbility, pan-disability sessions.
  • Wildcats, introducing girls to all the fun and friendship of football.
  • Under 6 Cubs, sessions to get boys and girls introduced to grassroots football.
  • Club Referee Scheme, subsidised courses enabling older players to progress into refereeing.
  • WWFC Pitch Improvement, investment in improving the condition and robustness of all our playing surfaces.

All of these initiatives rely upon income surpluses the Club generates, and with the loss of so many income streams, each and every initiative may have to suffer.

Equally impacted are the Club's longer term plans to improve sustainability and the delivery of football locally. In the next two years the Club is set to take control of significant new playing venues in Wavendon. This requires substantial investment in basic equipment such as goals and storage containers. Again, lost income as a result of COVID will impact our ability to deliver.

These facilities are not only important for our existing members, they are also vital for those moving to the new housing developments in Wavendon. We already have more than 50 boys & girls waiting to join/form new WWFC teams. Your support will help deliver the new facilities and equipment we need to drive our community forward again post COVID.

WWFC needs to be a catalyst for healthy community engagement and participation for the fastest growing area in the fastest growing city in the UK. The impact of COVID means this mission is even more important.

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How does crowdfunding work?

We have set a target of £12,000 to be raised over 4 weeks. So please share our page far and wide on all your social media - we need our 'crowd' to be huge. Even the smallest of pledges will help #MakeUsRoar!

Even better, if we reach £3,000 from your pledges and donations, Sport England will pledge up to 50% (£6,000) on top of that. If we're successful with our application that would leave us with only a further £3,000 of our £12,000 total to raise. How good is that?

Have a good look at our pledge levels, as there really is something for everyone, with varied rewards at each level from a simple thank you, all the way up to our WWFC Oligarch Trophy! Along with the rewards gifted to us by generous local businesses and our wonderful club sponsors, we have a number of branded products we're also offering as rewards:

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Don't delay, pledge today! The more money we raise, the more football we can provide, not just for our current players, but for all future Lions & Lionesses. We are a valued part of the local sporting community and hope that you can contribute towards our fundraising efforts; and help...

UPDATE: Tom Cruise helps make our mission possible!

This month, Mission Impossible 7 came to town, filming at an undisclosed location right next to one of our pitches (shh)! It turns out Hollywood blockbuster films require a LOT of space. So when they politely asked us if we could relocate our matches, we had to oblige. Not only did the production make a donation to the local Parish Council to help us find a temporary playing location, they were also kind enough to get none other than Tom Cruise himself to sign a few of our shirts!

Check out the rewards to get your hands on one and don't delay, as this page will self destruct in 5, 4, 3...

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#MakeUsRoar

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£40 or more

0 of 3 claimed

MK Trainer Unlimited Fitness Classes (RRP £65)

One month's unlimited fitness classes (with 12 classes per week) to get you ready for summer courtesy of MK Trainer (worth £65).

£5 or more

Thank You from WWFC

Your name will be memorialised in a special thank you video, our website and all social media channels.

£5 or more

0 of 1 claimed

The Small Wax Co. Scented Wax Treats (RRP £5)

One scented wax snap bar (clean cotton) and one scented wax waffle (bouquet) courtesy of The Small Wax Co (worth £5)

£10 or more

8 of 50 claimed

WWFC Window Sticker

A special commemorative WWFC window sticker for your car, house, shed or other glazed venue + the "Thank You from WWFC" reward!

£15 or more

1 of 50 claimed

TrophyToo Replica Trophy Photo

Ever fancied having your photo taken with the FA Cup or Champions League trophies? TrophyToo are kindly lending us their replicas for a day so you can do just that! Pledge at this level to reserve a space.

£20 or more

4 of 50 claimed

Exclusive Commemorative Mug

Pledge your support to the club and kick back with a lovely brew in this exclusive commemorative mug (no tea bag supplied) + get the "Thank You from WWFC" reward too!

£20 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Martin White's Football Camp Half-day (RRP £35)

Pledge your support for the club and get to spend a half-day of non-stop football with the best pro-coaches around courtesy of Martin White's Football Factory (worth £35).

£40 or more

9 of 25 claimed

Branded WWFC Umbrella & Merch Bundle

Show your allegiance while staying dry on the sidelines with this branded WWFC umbrella + get the "Thank You from WWFC", "WWFC Window Sticker" and the "Exclusive Commemorative Mug" rewards!!!

£40 or more

5 of 50 claimed

1 on 1 WWFC Coaching Session

One hour's 1 on 1 coaching, outfield or goalkeeping, with any WWFC coach (subject to availability) at any of our venues.

£40 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Martin White's Football Camp Full Day (RRP £60)

Pledge your support for the club and get to spend a full day playing non-stop football with the best pro-coaches around courtesy of Martin White's Football Factory (worth £60).

£100 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Framed WWFC Shirt

A framed WWFC shirt with your choice of name/number and supplementary photos. The perfect gift for anyone involved with the club!

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

WWFC Oligarch Trophy

You're No.1! Your generosity is as deep as the oil reserves you've made your millions from. As a reward, you'll receive an extra-special trophy that signifies you bought the title (and our unending thanks)!

£10 or more

10 of 10 claimed

McDonald's Voucher (worth £12)

Enjoy some great food courtesy of McDonald's with a voucher worth £12.

£10 or more

1 of 1 claimed

KuKu Coffee & Cake for Two (RRP £14)

Get two coffee's, accompanied by your choice of delicious slices of cake, courtesy of KuKu Coffee House in Monkston Park worth approx £14.

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

McDonald's Voucher (worth £24)

Enjoy even more great food courtesy of McDonald's with a voucher worth £24.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Brook Stables Horse Riding Experience (RRP £30)

Help us reach our goal and enjoy a brilliant horse riding lesson OR woodland walkabout courtesy of Brook Stables worth £30.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Janey's Nails & Makeup Voucher (worth £30)

Pledge your support and get a pedicure at the same time, courtesy of Janey's Nails & Makeup with this voucher worth £30.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Fat Pizza XXXL 24" (RRP £28)

Forget the other pizza chains. Fat Pizza are the best Pizzas in Milton Keynes. Pledge you support and get a XXXL Pizza 24" (RRP £28)

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

MOT from Pikesley (worth £42)

Help us reach our goal and get your car an MOT (to a maximum of £42) at the same time, courtesy of Pikesley Ltd

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Carons Cakery 6" Drip Cake (RRP £45)

Indulge yourself or treat someone you love with a fabulous 6" drip cake courtesy of Carons Cakery (worth £45).

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Two Tickets to Woburn Safari Park (RRP £52)

Help us reach our goal and receive two adult tickets (£26 each) or one adult and one child ticket to spend a day with the giraffes, lions and more, courtesy of Woburn Safari Park.

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Indian Meal for two at Namji (RRP £50)

Enjoy a fantastic Indian meal for two (worth £50) courtesy of Namji, Milton Keynes best Punjabi restaurant.

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

TheKeeper.co.uk Training Voucher (RRP £50)

Become the best GK around at a great price with this voucher towards training sessions, courtesy of TheKeeper.co.uk

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed Ian Poulter A4 Photo from Woburn Golf Club

For golf fans out there, get your hands on a great gift for yourself or a loved one, with this signed Ian Poulter A4 Photo courtesy of Woburn Golf Club (please note there is no certificate of authenticity with this photo)

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed MK Dons Men's Shirt

A signed men's MK Dons shirt containing 16 first team signatures.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed MK Dons Women's Shirt

A signed women's MK Dons shirt containing 16 first team signatures.

£80 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Powerleague Pitch & Party Room Hire (RRP £100)

Go football crazy and get one hour's 7-a-side weekend pitch hire and access to a party room to celebrate in afterwards courtesy of Powerleague Milton Keynes (worth £100).

£125 or more

1 of 1 claimed

MK Trainer Body Transformation Program (RRP £150)

Get in the best shape of your life with a 4 week transformation program with eating plan, personal training and unlimited classes (with 12 classes a week available) courtesy of MK Trainer (worth £150).

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Tom Cruise Signed WWFC Shirt

Pledge for a piece of WWFC history and make our mission possible with these Tom Cruise signed WWFC shirts (in claret or blue). Mission Impossible 7 took over one of our pitches recently and Tom was kind enough to do his part to help make us roar.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Tom Cruise Signed WWFC Shirt (Claret)

Pledge for a piece of WWFC history and make our mission possible with this Tom Cruise signed WWFC shirts (in claret). Mission Impossible 7 took over one of our pitches recently and Tom was kind enough to do his part to help make us roar.

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