OLDHAM Rugby League Club is delighted to announce that, as part of its ongoing work in the community, a total of 114 children from local primary schools will take part in a dance spectacular on Sunday during the Rugby Football League’s televised Summer Bash event in Blackpool.
They will perform during the half-time break in Oldham’s Kingston Press Championship game against Swinton Lions, which kicks off at 3pm at Bloomfield Road, home of Blackpool football club.
The children are from Greenhill, Alexandra Park, Medlock Valley, Holy Rosary, St Martin’s, St Hugh’s and Richmond primary schools, which form Hathershaw College’s cluster group.
In a project called ‘Oldham Moves’, which is designed to get more boys and girls interested in dance, the children have been learning a specific routine in after-school clubs.
They will come together at Hathershaw on Friday for a collective rehearsal before heading off to Blackpool on Sunday morning with staff and parents.
Once there they will team up with children from other clubs for a mass rehearsal on the beach in readiness for their big performance in the stadium later in the day.
The entire project is overseen by RESIDANCE, working in conjunction with the RFL, and it was from RESIDANCE that Oldham RLFC was invited to take part subject to a successful application to the National Lottery for an ‘Awards For All’ grant which realised funding of £8,100.
Other clubs involved are Dewsbury Rams, Batley Bulldogs, Swinton Lions, Halifax and Featherstone Rovers.
Said Oldham RLFC chairman Chris Hamilton: “This is another great example of the work we are doing in the local community.
“Most of the 114 Oldham children involved will never have done anything like this before and to perform on such a big stage in front of thousands of people at a televised sporting event will be a wonderful experience for them, something they will remember for the rest of their lives.
“We are led to believe we have more children involved than any of the other participating clubs.”
Summer Bash is the KP Championship’s version of Super League’s Magic Weekend which, over two days, attracted more than 68,000 fans, a Magic record, to St James’ Park, Newcastle last Saturday and Sunday.
The line-up in Blackpool this weekend is as follows:
Saturday: noon, iPro Sport Cup final; 2.30pm, Sheffield Eagles v London Broncos; 4.45pm, Workington Town v Whitehaven; 7pm, Bradford Bulls v Leigh Centurions.
Sunday: 12.45pm, Dewsbury Rams v Batley Bulldogs; 3pm, OLDHAM v Swinton Lions; 5.15pm, Halifax v Featherstone Rovers.
Tickets (for either one day or two) are on sale at the Oldham RLFC office at Whitebank Stadium during the following times: Wednesday, 9.30am to 3pm; Thursday, 9.30am to 1,30pm; Friday, 9.30am to 4pm.
Please note that the deadline for reserved seating is 3pm Wednesday, but unreserved tickets will be on sale until 4pm Friday.