ALTRINCHAM FC are to turn full-time for the first time in their 130-year history, the club has announced.

The announcement comes three matches before the end of the National League season, with The Robins in a mid-table position.

But co-chairman Bill Waterson said the decision signals a 'new era' for the club, with a promotion to the Football League the aim.

He said: "In what hails to be a new era for Altrincham, and on behalf of the board of directors, I'm delighted to announce that for the first time in our 130-year history, we will move from being a part-time, semi-professional club to full-time, professional status.

"As the most successful part-time club ever, we are always striving for success both on and off the pitch. We have bold and ambitious plans to grow and shoot for success - Alty leads the way, you win the day!"

Lawrence Looney, co-chairman, added: "Thanks to the continued loyalty and dedication of our fans, players, sponsors and incredible team of volunteers, we remain a robust and financially stable club.

"Our destiny is in our own hands, and we owe it to our fans to take it to the next level if we are to push boundaries and reach our ambition of being promoted to the English Football League. We look forward to welcoming supporters from near and far as we continue to grow.”

As a part of the progression from part-time to full-time, Altrincham are to strengthen their management team with the creation of a new chief executive role.

The Robins warned some players might not be able to make the transition, but said a plan is in place to provide the resources manager Phil Parkinson and assistant Neil Sorvel need to achieve their aim.

Parkinson and Sorvel, who were appointed around five years ago, went full-time at the end of last season. 

The club committed to communicate with fans throughout the transition.