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Coventry sporting heroes to conduct Coral Challenge Cup draw

Coventry, the 2019 European City of Sport and a RLWC2021 host venue, will stage the Coral Challenge Cup third round draw on Monday, February 11 (6pm).

One of the city’s most historic buildings, St Mary’s Guildhall, will provide an impressive backdrop for the draw which will be shown live on the BBC Sport website.

Conducting the draw will be Coventry-born Para-athlete and 2018 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, Kare Adenegan – who is also the patron for Coventry’s year as European City of Sport.

Adenegan, who won silver and two bronzes at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, is the current European Champion and T34 100m World Record holder.

Adenegan will be joined by David Moorcroft OBE, the Coventry-born former 5,000m World Record holder, and former Chief Executive of UK Athletics.

The 13 winners from this weekend’s Round Two fixtures will be joined by 11 Betfred League 1 teams, including Coventry Bears. The third-round ties will be played over 9-10 March.

A number of guests from the city, Coventry Bears, the city council and community clubs will be in attendance at St Mary’s Guildhall to celebrate the occasion.

Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet member for Public Health and Sport, said:

“I’m delighted that we will be hosting the Coral Challenge Cup draw here in Coventry in our wonderful St Mary’s Guildhall, showcasing Coventry and our wonderful venue on the BBC Sport website.

“Rugby League is a growing sport here in Coventry thanks to Coventry Bears – with strong local support and a growing reputation. It’s contributing to our credentials as a proud sporting city. We are already enjoying a great start to our year as European City of Sport and it’s fitting that both Kare and Dave will conduct the draw.”

Alan Robinson, Chairman of Coventry Bears, said:

“We are delighted to host the third-round draw of the Coral Challenge Cup. The mystique of competing in the Cup is something that first captured my imagination when founding the Bears. Last year we reached the fifth round, something we would love to emulate again.

“I know all our supporters will be excited to see who we draw with the Cup and draw being held in such a historic location as St Mary’s Guildhall in the Cathedral Quarter of our City.”

Saturday’s meeting of Milford ARLFC and Lock Lane ARLFC will be shown live on the BBC Sport website, while Sunday’s Wigan St Patricks v Great Britain Police fixture will be shown on the RFL’s Our League channel (web and app).

Coventry Bears will also open their 2019 Betfred League 1 campaign against West Wales Raiders the following weekend on Sunday, February 17 (KO 3.00pm).

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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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