Gareth Ainsworth was the guest speaker at a special event held by Wycombe Wanderers’ charity partner – the Chilterns MS Centre – at Adams Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Attended by 30 representatives of local businesses, the event incorporated a talk by the Chairboys’ manager on leadership styles, team building and overcoming adversity, as well as a tour of the stadium and the opportunity to learn more about the off-field operation of the football club from general manager Michael Davies and stadium manager Gordon Reilly.
Ainsworth said: “It was a privilege to be asked by the Chilterns MS Centre to share experiences from my career, both as a player and as a manager, and hopefully those that attended are able to take away a few insights which they might be able to take on board in their day to day lives.
“The Chilterns MS Centre have been a fantastic partner for us as a club, providing access to their oxygen chamber for our injured players, and in return we were delighted to be able to offer our stadium and our time so that they could hold this event for their corporate partners.”
Ainsworth was also on hand to present a cheque to the charity for £1,000, which is part of the club’s share from the FA Community Shield Fund, to be donated to charitable causes of the club’s choosing.
Sharon Cooper, Corporate Fundraising Manager for the Chilterns MS Centre, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the feedback from our guests which shows what a valuable event it was for us. We’re extremely grateful to the club and to Gareth for taking the time to show our guests around the stadium and explain what it takes to be a manager in what is an incredibly competitive and fast-paced industry.
“To receive the donation of £1,000 was also a fantastic surprise and we’d like to thank the board of Wycombe Wanderers for nominating us as one of the beneficiaries of the club’s share of the FA Community Shield Fund. All donations go a long way to enabling us to continue to provide much-needed support and facilities for local people with MS, and – through our partnership with Wycombe Wanderers over the past three seasons – we have been able to grow and help more and more people who are living with this condition.”
To find out more about the treatment and support that is available at the Chilterns MS Centre - which empowers and supports people affected my multiple sclerosis (MS) to lead healthier and happier lives - or how your company can get involved, visit chilternsmscentre.org.