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RFL announces new Chief Executive Officer

The Rugby Football League today announces that Ralph Rimmer becomes the new CEO of the organisation, with immediate effect.

Ralph Rimmer, formerly the Chief Operating Officer of the Rugby Football League, has been Interim CEO of the National Governing Body since January.
He began his involvement in the sport as an amateur player and coach in Cumbria and has worked at all levels of the sport in Development, Performance, Club and Stadium management.

He was CEO of Sheffield Eagles during the early days of Super League and helped take the club to the Challenge Cup Final in 1998. He held the post of CEO of Huddersfield Giants from 1999 to 2004. From 2004 to 2010 he was the Managing Director of the Galpharm Stadium, during which time he was also a Board Director of Huddersfield Town AFC, and remained a Director at Huddersfield Giants RLFC, before joining the Rugby Football League as Chief Operating Officer in 2010. His international Rugby League experience includes managing the Ireland national team between 1997 and 2002.

The Chairman of the Rugby Football League, Brian Barwick said;

“I am absolutely delighted that Ralph is to become the new Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League. Ralph is a Rugby League man through and through and has extensive knowledge of the sport at every level. He is a person of enormous integrity, a straight-talker and somebody who gets things done. He also has the respect of those in the sport for regularly demonstrating those qualities. He is the right person at the right time to be the Executive in charge of our organisation.

“Ralph has huge ambitions for the future of the sport as well as dealing with the ‘here and now’ issues of the game.

“Ralph will start in his new role immediately and the RFL Board offer their sincere congratulations and their total support for their new CEO.”

Ralph Rimmer said;

“I am thrilled to be appointed as CEO of the Rugby Football League. I am passionate about the sport and I am honoured to hold this position. I have always taken my responsibilities within the sport extremely seriously, and I take up this role with a 100% commitment to driving Rugby League forward. I have very many strong relationships within the game and I intend to work collaboratively with all to achieve its future growth and success. I believe that I understand its changing landscape, and am hugely ambitious as to what we can achieve together in the future, including maximising the significant opportunities presented by a home World Cup in 2021. I am convinced that exciting times lie ahead.”

Following an event at MediaCity this morning, the RLWC2021 team today announced details of the £10m ‘Inspired by RLWC2021’ Legacy Facilities Fund for grassroots Rugby League.

The CEO appointment follows a thorough and robust recruitment process led by an external and independent Executive recruitment consultancy, SRi, who were contracted after a competitive tender process. The opportunity to lead the Rugby Football League attracted a field of exceptional candidates from inside and outside of the sport. The recruitment process, over a number of months, involved two formal interviews. The appointment decision was made by the Non-Executive Directors of the Rugby Football League.



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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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