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England Rugby League Performance Unit created

Following the recent Rugby League World Cup tournaments in 2017, an England Performance Unit (EPU) has been launched with the aim of developing more world-class England players for all senior squads by 2021.

Led by Rugby Football League Rugby Director, Kevin Sinfield, the England Performance Unit has a clear strategy of creating an England Performance Pathway with better quality of players transitioning to the senior squads (men, women and wheelchair) by 2021 and delivering a world-class England performance environment.

Sinfield will be supported by a number of Performance Unit staff, including: England Pathways Coaches, Paul Anderson and Paul Sculthorpe, National Programmes Manager Dave Elliott, Human Performance Lead Chris Black and Head of Operations Jane Phillips. Additional support to the unit will come from England Head Coach, Wayne Bennett and England Team Manager, Jamie Peacock.

On the England Performance Unit, Sinfield, said: “Our mission for the EPU is to help develop more world-class players and create a supply of elite players in the game capable of winning a Rugby League World Cup.

“The men’s senior squad at the 2017 World Cup tournament showed how close and committed we are to achieving success on the biggest stage. Underpinning their performance was a culture of high standards and behaviours and that is something we want to replicate with all players who represent England at senior men, Knights, Women, Wheelchair, Academy and Youth level.

“Throughout the whole process, the EPU will work with and be fully supportive of all our Super League clubs who continue to raise the levels of intensity and performance from grassroots upwards – the clubs are at the heart of talent development.

“We firmly believe the retention of more players within the England Pathway will produce more world-class players as our men’s, women and wheelchair teams aim to win their respective World Cups in 2021.”

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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