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FIONA delaney - VIQI treasurer

I have worked in Education and Education Finance for the majority of my career. Initially, for Halton Borough Council followed by Liverpool City Council. For the past 18 years I have worked for Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council starting as a School Finance Officer compiling and monitoring the budgets of 10 primary and 2 secondary schools . I transferred to a primary school in Crosby in 2012 to take up a position as a School Business Manager with responsibility of aspects of Finance, Personnel, Governance and Building Management. In 2015, I took up a similar position at a successful primary school in Litherland and have remained there since. It is a demanding and very busy role but one which is hugely satisfying where no two days are ever the same.

I am hoping that the financial experience I have gained in my working background will aid me in my position as Treasurer for VIQI.

I have lived in Widnes all my life and watching the Chemics has always been a family affair. I was introduced to rugby league by my Grandma and Grandad as a youngster. I have vivid childhood memories of myself, my brothers and my sister all huddled round the telly at my Grandparents house as we watched the Chemics. It was obligatory that we all blew wildly at the telly whenever a conversion kick was taken by the opposition team, in the hope that we would stop the ball flying through the sticks.

I have memories of the whole family going to Wembley in 1993 to watch the Challenge Cup final against Wigan. I can remember my Mum and Grandma knitting lots of the Widnes mascots in the weeks leading up to the game. I recall the journey home being a very long one as the coach broke down.

My son, who is now 13 yrs old, was introduced to the Vikings when his Granddad bought him his first season ticket at the age 6. His Granddad unfortunately passed away in 2015 and I have retained the same seats since, continuing the family tradition with Ethan and my husband.

I can’t say I have any one favourite player but it is great to see the young academy boys rising through the ranks and I feel a huge sense of pride that our Widnes team is filling its positions with Widnes lads. I hope this continues and with the help of our community and VIQI we can make Widnes great again #upthevikings