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Anne talks-up girl power !

ANNE Kearns, who’s running Oldham RL Club while chairman Chris Hamilton is laid up after major heart surgery, is appealing to women to play a lead role in increasing attendances at the Vestacare Stadium.

Launching what she calls THE FEMALE FAN CHALLENGE, former nurse Anne is urging every woman who supports Roughyeds regularly to take a female friend, neighbour, relative or work colleague to this Sunday’s home game against Workington Town or next week’s visit by West Wales Raiders.

Using her own experience as an example, she said:

“There must be thousands of women out there who are completely oblivious of rugby league yet who would love the sport if somebody took the time and interest to introduce them to it.

“Until three years ago I was one of them. They don’t play rugby league in Bury, where I live, and I was completely unaware of it. The first time I was invited to an Oldham match I wondered what on earth I was letting myself in for, but I was fascinated by everything about it.

“I was immediately hooked on the atmosphere, the banter of the fans, the stirring, honest-to-goodness action on the pitch and the fierce, yet very sporting rivalry, of the players.

“I’ve hardly missed a game, home or away, ever since and when I got even more involved by offering volunteer help behind the scenes it opened up a whole new chapter in my life.

“We have lots of women among our fan base and I firmly believe that together we can make a huge difference if we all pledge to spread the word among other women in our lives and bring another woman with us to the next home game.

“They won’t all take to it bit I’m sure the majority will — and it’s a challenge that can snowball if we all work hard at it .”



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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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