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Sponsorship with a real Purpose

ROUGHYEDS are delighted to announce a new kit sponsorship deal with Purpose Business and Marketing Ltd, a company with clients all over the country and the slogan: “Your purpose is our passion.”

Its managing director is Julie Collins, whom fans will know as one of them — a keen Oldham supporter and a club volunteer, who is giving her time, money and professional expertise to drive Roughyeds forward.

Julie Collins
A prominent member of the club’s new volunteer managerial team, Julie led the recent public meeting at which she delivered a presentation about the challenges that lie ahead for the club in rugby league’s changing landscape.

Speaking from Cornwall, where she was on a business trip, Julie said:

“Sponsorship of this kind is a first for the company, but to set up a partnership with Oldham RLFC couldn’t be better as far as I’m concerned.

“We are proud to sponsor Gareth Owen, our club captain, but our company name will now be on the sleeves of the players’ jerseys and we couldn’t be happier about that.

“I fell in love with rugby league in 2014 and, having lived in Tameside all my life, I very soon fell in love with Roughyeds.

“By 2017 I was helping out when and where I could and my involvement has moved on from there.

“All the volunteers work desperately hard and with total commitment, but there is so much more we could do, given the time and available personnel.

“I’m disappointed RFL funding isn’t where it needs to be but that’s all the more reason why I, and others, are keen to help.”

As a proud Mum and grandmother, Julie has lots of connections with the borough and her maiden name, would you believe, was ‘Oldham’.

Her daughters went to Bluecoat School and one of them is now a maths teacher in the town.

Added Julie:

“I’m all over the country running the business but I’ll do what I can to help in putting my time, energy and some money into the club via this sponsorship.”

She chairs the local Enterprise Adviser Network, which works with Oldham secondary schools on careers and other initiatives, and she represents Oldham RLFC in its links with Oldham Pledge and the borough’s primary schools.

During club chairman Chris Hamilton’s sick leave, she has also been representing the club at RFL meetings.

Said Chris:

“It’s always a red-letter day for the club to welcome new sponsors on board, but especially so when it’s the company of a Roughyeds supporter who gives up so much of her time and energy to help the club voluntarily.

“It goes without saying that we are delighted to add Purpose Business and Marketing Ltd to our kit sponsorship portfolio.”



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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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