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Vestacare Stadium granted RFL dispensation

Oldham RLFC has confirmed that, as in previous years, the RFL has granted the club dispensation to use the Vestacare Stadium in 2018 although it doesn’t have the requisite 500 seats.

The club acknowledges that the Vestacare Stadium doesn’t meet RFL  minimum standards in terms of Betfred League 1 seating capacities and says it is grateful to the governing body for granting the dispensation.

In reaching its decision, the RFL took into account the recent investment in the stadium and its subsequent refurbishing.

News of the RFL’s green light will come as another huge tonic for the club in the run-up to the first home league game of 2018 against Hemel Stags on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

Roughyeds have bounced back from the bitter disappointment of relegation from the Championship at the end of last season to retain coach Scott Naylor on a two-year contract; to sign 13 new players in a huge dressing room turnover; to regain the Law Cup with pre-season victory at Rochdale; to win at Whitehaven on the opening day of the League 1 season for the first time in 17 years; and to play its last 160 minutes of rugby without conceding a single point.

Hemel is next on Sunday and then Roughyeds will be eagerly looking forward to the visit on March 11 of York City Knights, another club that seems to be heading in the right direction. A cracking game is in prospect.



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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