Exciting times …. TIM’S IN YOU’RE IN!

Firstly, Thank You for your generous donations and continued loyalty to VIQI and Widnes Vikings.  Apologies as it has been a little longer than we would have liked since our last VIQI news item.  VIQI have still been very busy in the background and working closely with the Club to help formulate plans and strategies to help drive the Club forward. 

A little insight into the recent goings on…

 Jason, VIQI Founder and Supporter Representative on the Widnes Viking Board, was called to a hastily arranged emergency Club Board meeting to discuss the impending departure of Head Coach, Kieron Purtill…. not ideal as he had only just returned from an overseas trip and was in bed suffering a little jet lag!    Whilst most supporters would agree that the loss of Kieron was extremely frustrating and some would say disappointing, there was now a huge opportunity for the Club to make a real statement of intent.  During the Club Board meeting and collective discussions on the options it was clear that one individual stood head and shoulders amongst the rest.  It was fantastic to see the Boards desire to recruit such a high-profile coach with a wealth of experience that would really help drive our Club forward over the next two seasons.  Whilst finances will always be a challenge, it was really pleasing to see the way our Club Board were engaged and enthused by the prospect of Tim Sheens becoming our new Head Coach.

Jason was a keen supporter of Tim Sheens acquisition and along with the Clubs Board unanimously supported his appointment, stating that it was a real delight to listen to the Boards balanced views on Tim’s appointment and that the investment in the right calibre of coach would be rewarded by our fans, adding that they would back the Club should we make the right decision to appoint him.

Everyone is really hopeful that our season ticket sales and VIQI memberships see an impressive increase to support what we are all collectively trying to achieve at our Club.  It is clear that everyone, no matter what element of the fan base they are from, are trying to drive our Club forward and with VIQI donations supporting recent squad retentions, new signings and significant signings such as Tim’s, we’re sure the fans will see that the Club is doing the right thing and showing they are up for the challenge.

 Strong and stable funding is what will help drive us on and enable us to stand out from the rest, our Club needs strong season ticket sales, VIQI membership and great retail sales.  The intention of everyone involved is to grow our club year on year and with your continued support we have a Club Board capable and passionate enough to deliver this, led by our Club Chairman Chris Price.  Chris continues to be a driving force for our Club and leads by example, and once again Chris’s company Landscape World have stepped in to sponsor Tim Sheens for the coming season.

 So, it goes without saying, your continued loyalty and generous support is now more important than ever. The decisions the Club Board and management have to make in terms of securing the services of the best possible players, will totally rest on the availability of funds.  This is where VIQI really comes into its own.

 Everyone who has made a donation to VIQI can stand tall, loud and proud when your team runs out next year in the knowledge that you have played your part in making it happen and are truly part of A Club Like No Other.

So please stick with us. Review your monthly donation if you are able to. Spread the word that VIQI is key to maintaining the best possible Widnes Vikings squad for next season and beyond.

 It really does still seem surreal that nearly 30 years ago to the day, on one of the greatest nights of our great Club’s history, we now have the opposing coach as our Head Coach, Welcome Tim Sheens !!!!

 A final word to our fantastic social media team, you played a blinder !!!!

#A Club Like No Other

 

Jason, Fiona, Mike, Chris and Tony, Your VIQI Board

VIQI Member Update: Money paid to club so far

In conjunction with the statement by the Board of Directors of Widnes Vikings we would like to re-iterate that VIQI is extremely keen to play its part in helping the coach to build a strong part time team for the 2020 season that will be challenging at the top end of the table, we are also mindful of the need to act quickly to support the club in doing this at the earliest opportunity.

For nearly 20 years VIQI has supported the club with the recruitment and retention of players and we are delighted to be able to offer this support as we look to build the future of our club.  Early hand over of these funds will enable the club to commence that process now.

So, since the administration announcement, VIQI has handed over £197,000 to the club.  None of this would have been achieved without you, the VIQI members. This is a phenomenal effort and with your continued support and involvement we hope to grow VIQI into the most significant fan funded organisation in professional rugby league.

In reply to a query raised by some VIQI members, we are happy to confirm the details on how much money VIQI have paid to the club since it went into administration.

March 2019 – We paid £100,000 as collected via the GoFundMe campaign initiated by Beth Pennington, with contributions also coming from VIQI members and thousands of supporters within the town and indeed around the world.  This also went towards general funds and the purchase of one share (with one vote) in the new company Widnes Rugby League Club Limited.  This was the most significant contribution in ensuring the clubs immediate future.

April 2019 – We paid £25,000 that had mainly been donated as cash or cheques.  This had been collected via the numerous fundraising campaigns around the local area, including from local businesses and schools.  This money was provided to the club to help ensure the club continued to function on a day-to-day basis whilst systems and processes including banking arrangements were being set up. In addition the money was used to support player retention and prevent a 20% pay cut being implemented across both staff and players.

July 2019 – We have just sent a further £72,000 to the club and this has been generated solely by the VIQI members.  This will specifically strengthen the clubs finances and we can confirm that none of this money has been utilised to pay operational costs or any club debts.

Once again we would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued loyalty and generous support to VIQI.

Up The Vikings!

Jason, Mike, Fiona, Chris and Tony
Your VIQI Board

Save Our Club...

VIQI are aiming to bring together supporters and partners of Widnes Vikings to help save our club from the threat of relegation.

As an independent organisation, all money donated is securely ringfenced by VIQI and will not be put at risk by the club’s current administration challenges. All money donated will be used to help take the club out of administration, if possible, or to support the continuation of professional rugby league in our town.

Every day counts in the bid to save our club. Together, we can help protect Widnes Vikings for generations to come.

Please give as generously as possible and donate as soon as you can. Thank you for your support.

Further fundraising initiatives will be announced soon.