Welling United Supporters Association (WUSA)
Who are WUSA?
- WUSA was founded just after the HMRC issued a winding up petition against Welling United prior to the 2010/11 season.
- The fans grouped together to loan the club the £63,000 to pay off the debt and WUSA was formed to:
- facilitate the money being raised
- ensure the supporters had representation on the board of the club
- ensure that this issue could not arise again
- have a group set up to create a Phoenix club should the HMRC case have resulted in the end of Welling United.
- Since then WUSA have undertaken a number of projects and fundraising schemes to benefit the club and its supporters. Our aim is to grow the membership, in the belief that we have a stronger voice with a greater number of supporters on board and we hope that this leaflet will encourage you to join us.
- The contact details of committee members can be found via this link, and please feel free to get in touch with whatever questions or concerns you have.
What have WUSA done?
- Over the past years we have represented the fans at monthly board meetings and held regular discussions with the board. This will continue going forward, with the Chairman of WUSA holding a seat on the Welling United board of directors.
- Every summer we help with ground improvements, painting different parts of the ground ready for the new season. The biggest project we undertook was clearing the space under the old stand and creating a club shop. This has now moved to the cabin outside the Wings Bar.
- Boost the budget is a project that helps the Manager add to his squad for the season. At the WUSA AGM, we put the idea of BTB to a vote, asking the membership if we would like to continue the scheme for the coming season. We vote on a regular sum to be given to the manager every week, and fans may also make contributions towards this. In the 2012/2013 season when the club won the Conference South title, the money from BTB allowed Jamie Day to add Ross Laffayette to his squad, and his 24 goals helped us to the title.
- Fundraising is something we regularly carry out through our Sponsor a Goal Scheme and 50/50 draw and in the past through quiz nights. This provides valuable funds for all our projects.
- Coach travel is something that we started to run significantly in the Conference Premier Season and we plan to run at least 3 this coming season.
- When the Danson Festival was in operation we operated a Welling United stall every year. We ran a speed shot game (which raised funds and raised awareness for the club) and sold merchandise.
- We also organise and host the end of season presentation evenings at the club, and have organised the voting and trophies for these events since WUSA’s formation.
- Finally, we have helped build a new office for the new manager Steve King for the 2018/2019 season.
Aims for the coming season
- Run at least 3 coaches, with one of the first Saturday away games being subsidised with members receiving a discounted rate.
- Continue to represent the fans. This is especially important with the planned developments on the ground that the club are looking to proceed with.
- We will still run the 50/50 draw and sponsor a goal scheme plus the BTB scheme which will give the new Manager Steve King more funds to build his team in what will be a competitive Conference South this coming season.
- We still plan to run the end of season presentation
- Race night
- We also plan to run a Friday night quiz in a venue away from PVR at least once or twice this season. The quizzes used to be very successful but had to stop when the club ran its Friday night events.
- Take the membership to over 100 supporters.