Wanderers’ players will be feasting on homegrown vegetables from their very own training ground next season.It's all thanks to a new partnership with the One Can Hope project and Waitrose High Wycombe, which was unveiled at a launch event on Thursday evening.
One Can Hope will design and build an allotment at the club’s Booker training ground in their latest initiative aimed at educating people in the value of reducing food waste at a time when UK households throw out seven million tonnes of food each year – enough to fill the club’s Adams Park stadium more than 80 times.
The project, designed by volunteer and award-winning designer Vicky Davies, is generously supported by Waitrose High Wycombe, together providing growing expertise, seeds, tools and equipment. It will enable the club’s nutrition chef Ahmed Maaref to use the produce as part of the diet co-developed between Ahmed and the club’s coaching staff to help the players remain consistently healthy throughout the season.
The club’s Head of Commercial Damian Irvine said: “We are asking our local business community to get more involved with their football club on a commercial and partnership level , and it’s important we reciprocate with our genuine involvement in community partnerships and projects such as this.”
“Being able to grow his own produce will help Ahmed continue to provide healthy choices to the squad each day at training and also save the club money on its food costs. The project highlights the fantastic work being done on our doorstep by Sarah and her team at One Can Hope, and build our relationship with the fantastic new Waitrose store at Handy Cross.”
Meanwhile, as his final engagement of his mayoral year, Cllr Mohammed Hanif broke the ground on his ‘legacy fruit orchard’ which will be planted at the training ground in the autumn. Cllr Hanif said: “This is a wonderful way to engage the local community and provide health benefits in terms of learning and producing food to eat. I am happy to support them."
Sarah Mordaunt, Managing Director of One Can Hope said, “Partnerships are so important to our organisation and we are so pleased to be working together with Wycombe Wanderers and Waitrose.”
For more information about One Can Hope on 07731 789313 or go to web site www.onecanhope.org.uk.
Image: Chef Ahmed Maaref and Cllr Mohammed Hanif break the ground of the new legacy fruit orchard, observed by club volunteers and Sarah Mordaunt of One Can Hope.