• "Never let a day's work get in the way of a good day of sport!"


  • "If you drink, don't drive. Don't even putt."

    Dean Martin

  • "The big Cuban opened his legs and showed his class."

    David Coleman

  • "I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok."

    Shaquille O'Neal, American basketball player

  • "Sure there have been injuries and deaths in boxing - but none of them serious."

    Alan Minter

  • "Moses Kiptanui - the 19 year old Kenyan, who turned 20 a few weeks ago."

    David Coleman

  • "That's the fastest time ever run - but it's not as fast as the world record."

    David Coleman

  • "This could be a repeat of what will happen in the European games next week."

    David Coleman

  • "I'm not a believer in luck... but I do believe you need it."

    Alan Ball

  • "One of the reasons Arnie is playing so well is that, before each tee-shot, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them - Oh my God, what have I just said?"

    US TV commentator

  • "Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision."

    Muhammad Ali

  • "Stay busy, get plenty of exercise, and don't drink too much. Then again, don't drink too little."

    Herman "Jackrabbit" Smith-Johannsen, Skiing pioneer

  • "For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all-yellow strip."

    John Motson

  • "When you win the toss - bat. If you are in doubt, think about it, then bat. If you have very big doubts, consult a colleague - then bat."

    WG Grace

  • "I never comment on referees and I'm not going to break the habit of a lifetime for that prat."

    Ron Atkinson

  • "You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference."

    Chris Evert

  • "We now have exactly the same situation as we had at the start of the race, only exactly the opposite."

    Murray Walker

  • "I can play in the center, on the right, and occasionally on the left side."

    David Beckham, when asked if he was a 'volatile' player

  • "I never make predictions and I never will."

    Paul Gascoigne

  • "If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again."

    Terry Venables

  • "Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you're too damned old to do anything about it."

    Jimmy Connors

Wine Trade Sports Club Foundation - About


The Early Years

In 1969, and again in 1970, the Wine Trade Sports Club (WTSC) organised a Charity Walk, with the dual purpose of gathering its members together and raising funds for a chosen Charity.


Then, on the 20th April 1971 the WTSC organised its first ever 'Wine Trade' Charity Walk when, over 12 miles around the City of London, during which a glass of wine was taken at each check point, £800 was raised. Much of this sum was used by the Vintry Homes to purchase a large screen TV for its residents, an almost unheard of luxury in those days. Following this relative success, the WTSC committee recognised the future potential for combining enjoyable events, with fund raising to support charitable works within the trade.


The Wine Trade Foundation is founded

Consequently, on the 17th July 1973 a Declaration of Trust was signed by David Bishop, Michael Hasslacher and Patrick Lynch, establishing a Registered Charity - "The Wine Trade Foundation" (WTF).


The Objects of the Foundation being 'for the benefit of the Benevolent, and the general relief of poverty among employees and former employees of the wine & spirit and ancillary trades, in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.'


For a number of years since its inception, fund raising activities focused on an annual Charity Walk around London, on the Sunday preceding the Annual Banquet for The Wine & Spirit Trades' Benevolent Society (the Benevolent), a Christmas Champagne Reception at the Vintners’ Hall, and periodic dinners in the City of London.


The WTF's fund raising efforts have been carefully organised so as to avoid, wherever possible, any clash with similar efforts by the Benevolent. Even in these relatively early years of the WTF, it was becoming increasingly clear the huge number of opportunities that exist to help alleviate some of the tragic circumstances that befall individuals who are, or have been, employed within the wine & spirit and ancillary trades. To date, some have been assisted following severe illness or personal injuries, others have required urgent financial help following sudden family bereavements, and some have simply fallen on hard times. Also, donations have been directed towards specific and important needs of the Vintry Homes.


The Present and the Future

It is an integral part of the long term objectives of the Foundation to establish a strong financial base, thus ensuring that there are guaranteed annual funds available to help support those in sudden need of assistance.


To this end, the Trustees of the WTF have tried to balance the ever-present demands on their funds, with the long-term importance of building a reasonable capital base. Whilst in 1973 the initial fund amounted to £300, by the end of 2011 significant funds had been raised, much of which has been donated to individuals in urgent need of support. In late December 2011, almost 40 years after its creation the WTF evolved (like many charities today) into an incorporated private limited company thus securing its long term future and is now called The Wine Trade Sports Club Foundation.


The future of the now Wine Trade Sports Club Foundation's fund raising activities continue to lie with the younger members of the Trade, and in particular those of the Wine Trade Sports Club and their friends. The Trustees, along with the Executive Committee of the Foundation remain permanently grateful to all the members of the Trade who continue to support the objects of the charity and, with their continuing support, the Foundation has a bright, and very rewarding future.



The Benevolent

The Benevolent was founded in 1886 with the mission of helping colleagues from the drinks industry facing serious medical or financial hardship. Today The Benevolent continues to be the heart of the UK drinks industry; providing high impact solutions - both in preventative and caring capacities - that improve quality of life for vulnerable members of the trade. In partnership with the drinks industry the charity works to combat serious social issues such as homelessness, poverty, social isolation and disability in our community as well as providing practical, emotional and financial support to members of the trade when they need it most. 




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