John Derben pays tribute to the 100+ volunteers who have contributed to the club this season.The development of the volunteer programme, now known as PALS, has been significant over the past five years. In the beginning, when the club was very short of money, volunteers took over the trimming of the banks around the car park, and generally tidying the stadium.
Volunteering has come a long way since then, especially with the paint brush, redecorating all the railings and metal staircases around the stadium, the yellow and white car parking lines throughout the footprint and refurbishing the signs where appropriate.
The club now uses volunteers in the offices, supporting the stadium manager, finance officer and head of media, as well as providing staff as and when required in the shop.
A team of volunteers led by Sandie Derben sorts and sells programmes at every home match and runs another small team to collect the car park charges in the overflow car park. There are additional matchday volunteers within the media department.
Another team led by Alan Hodgson carries out maintenance work required by the stadium manager. This team, although small in number, attends the ground every Tuesday and sometimes Thursdays throughout the year, supporting the maintenance staff. A small team led by Rena Frontalski runs the away coaches to every away match ably supported by Graham Roberts.
A team that supporters might not think about as volunteers are the members of the Trust Board, led by Trevor Stroud, and the members of the Football Club Board, led by Andrew Howard. All have signed the volunteering policy document.
In total, Wycombe Wanderers has 100 volunteers that save the club thousands of pounds – volunteers who love their club and reinforce the fact that it is a supporter-owned club.
If you want to join the Wycombe Wanderers volunteer army and have a skill that will help, please contact John Derben on 01494 441145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.