NORTHWICH Vics fans will be able to have a greater say in the club - and help it financially - by getting involved in a Supporters' Trust.
A public meeting will be held next week to unveil the scheme to fans, and organisers want as many people as possible to go along to find out what it's all about.
Peter Grimes, one of the Supporters' Trust organisers, said its aims include giving supporters a voice to influence the club, building a significant shareholding and, eventually, getting representation on the board.
He also believes that, in time, the Supporters' Trust could pump as much as £20,000-a-year into the ailing Conference side's coffers.
But before it gets off the ground, fans need to give the scheme their backing at next week's meeting.
Mr Grimes said: 'We are getting together a draft constitution to present to them next week and then they will get the chance to vote on it.'
'The club is very supportive of the scheme. We have already had a formal meeting with the directors who are very supportive of the aims of the Supporters' Trust. We are looking at getting representation on the board, but we are a way off doing that - first of all we need to set up the Trust.'
It will receive backing from the Government-funded Supporters Direct, and a small steering committee and other volunteers have done a lot of work on the draft constitution to present to fans next week.
The Trust is likely to be based on an industrial and provident society, a fully democratic body regulated by the Financial Services Authority which will be able to buy and hold shares, enter into contracts and legally binding agreements and has duties to support the club, community and football at all levels.
Mr Grimes said: 'It will also be a fundraising body that will put money into the club in three ways. Cash injections through buying shares, the purchase of services offered by the club, such as hospitality packages for the benefit of the Trust members, and the funding of projects for the new ground.
'Members will be asked to pay in either about £10 a year, for which they will get a vote, or £10 a month, whereby we will buy hospitality seats at the ground and distribute them among the members.
'It means Vics will get a cash injection through shares, increased turnover and through other projects that we will carry out.'
He said one of the first projects undertaken by the Trust is likely to be to pay for covered terracing behind one of the goals at the club's Victoria Stadium.
Mr Grimes added: 'The amount raised depends on the number of members - at the very minimum if we get 150 paying just their annual fee we will raise £1,500 per year, but we would expect to make more. Personally, I would like to think we could be raising £20,000-a-year in the near future.'
The meeting takes place at Quality Hotel in North-wich from 8pm on Thursday, March 18, and will be chaired by BBC GMR presenter Mike Pavasovic.
Northwich Vics' general manager, Dave Thomas, said: 'It will give the fans a real voice and, hopefully, it will repay them for the support they have given us over the years. It will be by the fans, for the fans.' For more details, e-mail Peter Grimes at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring the club on 01606 41450 and leave a message for his attention.