THE Oldham RL Foundation’s work in the community was recognised at the 2016 Kingstone Press Championship and League 1 Awards dinner in Leeds on Monday.
London Broncos won the Championship’s gong for ‘project of the year’ but Oldham, Featherstone Rovers and Leigh were also nominated, Roughyeds for their ‘Oldham Moves’ project which involved 185 local primary school children of ten different nationalities performing a dance routine at the RFL’s Summer Bash event in Blackpool.
Broncos won the award for their close links and numerous initiatives with a local primary school.
Mike Travis, a trustee of the Oldham RL Foundation, said: “It was a great honour to be among the nominees. Full credit to everyone who took part.
“Our programme of projects engaging the local community will be continuing.”
There was more Oldham interest when lifelong fan Dave Naylor was invited on stage to receive his 2016 Community Champion award, sponsored by Supporters Direct.
He has voluntarily taken over the running of the club’s official website, also providing video highlights and audio content for the enjoyment of supporters.
Interviewed on stage, Dave said it was a pleasure and a “great honour” to be invited by Chris Hamilton (club chairman) to join the Roughyeds’ team of media volunteers.
In his review of the season, RFL chief executive Nigel Wood said the achievements of Oldham and Swinton Lions in holding their own in the Championship in their first season after winning promotion from League 1 were notable and “worthy of commendation”.
In another review, the win by Scott Naylor’s side against Super League’s Hull KR in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup was described as “one of, if not THE, biggest cup upsets of all time.”