Wycombe Wanderers | THE GAMBIA
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In January 2018, Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust, in partnership with High Wycombe based Toolshed, travelled to The Gambia, a small West African country, on a charitable expedition.

WWSET, the charitable arm of Wycombe Wanderers FC, and Toolshed, who offer construction-related training and qualifications as well as personal development coaching to local 16-24-year-olds who are not in employment, education or training, hoped to achieve numerous positive outcomes from the trip:

  • Provide sports participation and coaching opportunities to local Gambian people in school and community settings;
  • Provide construction expertise and labour to build a small stand/seating area at Kololi Football Academy;
  • Donate football kit and equipment to the local community that will  facilitate sports participation opportunities;
  • Donate tools and building/maintenance equipment to the local community that will facilitate their ability to carry out construction based works;
  • Generate funds to allow WWSET to deliver a sports & employability programme for High Wycombe based refugees and/or asylum seekers;
  • Generate funds to enable Toolshed to offer free home improvement services to High Wycombe groups and individuals who are most in need of support.


Lots of the work that took place during the trip was undertaken in partnership with the Mojo Foundation, a not-for-profit construction company based in the Gambia, who, like Toolshed, are managed by New Meaning, a UK based social enterprise organisation.

The trip to The Gambia was also captured by the highly acclaimed and BAFTA nominee film producer Lex Beckett (Squashed Robot Films) who travelled with the group to make a documentary of everything that happened. (Footage to be released later this year)

In the run up to the trip both the WWSET and Toolshed representatives undertook joint fundraising initiatives to generate money to cover the travel costs and took part in the mammoth 100km sponsored walk in early September 2017.

In order to learn more about the trip and those involved please see the links below:

Downloadable Gambia Brochure: The Gambia Brochure 

Dedicated Fundraising Page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Gambia

Toolshed: https://www.toolshedbucks.co.uk/

New Meaning & Mojo Foundation: https://www.newmeaning.co.uk/



Please enjoy the video below too by the staff to document their expedition.