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.
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 currently achieved around a third of its overall target thanks to investments from over 250 supporters. Fans can make their pledge by downloading a form from wycombewandererstrust.com, or collecting one from Adams Park.