A new independent scheme to support player recruitment and retention at Widnes Vikings has been launched.
Widnes Vikings Independent Player Support, or Widnes VIPS, will offer a platform for fans to make regular contributions to the rugby club. Although it replaces a similar scheme run by VIQI, which ended in August, there are a number of differences.
Every two months, prizes will be on offer to members. Some of these will literally be rewards that money can’t buy! All those signing up to the scheme before the end of day on Thursday 15 December 2022 will be entered into a free draw to win a 2023 season shirt, signed by the players.
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Every penny of member’s contributions will be earmarked for the club, and all prizes will come either from Widnes Vikings or paid for through corporate sponsorship of the scheme.
Widnes VIPS is a not-for-profit organisation, run entirely by an unpaid board of trustees. To ensure transparency, an AGM will be held to which all members will be invited.
Commenting on the launch, chair Anne-Marie Hughes said: “As a group of fans, the board of trustees all realise what a difference support such as this can make to the club, and we were sorry that VIQI was unable to continue after providing such a lot of financial assistance.
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“It has taken us some time to get everything up and running from scratch, but we’re delighted that we are now ready to launch.
“We’d like to thank Widnes Vikings for offering to provide prizes for our members, particularly as we are completely independent of them. Of course we will work in partnership with the club to provide those vital extra funds.”
Full details of how to join, scheme details and lots more can be found by visiting www.widnesvips.co.uk.
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