THE youngsters of St Anne’s under-10s, proudly wearing their green and gold, will also be flying the flag for Oldham when Roughyeds kick-off their 2019 Betfred League 1 campaign against Workington Town at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm).
They’ll be involved in a curtain-raiser but then, shortly before the teams leave the tunnel, they’ll carry a giant Oldham RLFC banner out on to the pitch — a promo initiative often seen in Super League and at international games.
It’s all part of a plan to make each Oldham home game at the Vestacare Stadium this season an event which incorporates boys and girls from the local community clubs as well as other youth groups such as Scouts, Guides, Cubs and Brownies.
It could take as many as 16 young people to carry the flag on to the pitch.
Arrangements are already in place for a few home games, but there are still some blanks on the roster if any youth teams or groups — doesn’t necessarily have to be rugby league — wish to make contact with the club on 07904898177 or via email to: email@example.com
This Sunday’s flag bearers play hard to win but within the terms of their team motto: ‘Fun, friendship, discipline.”
Johnny Johnson, who looks after them, told the Roughyeds website: “We had a fantastic season last year and we are excited to see what the new season will bring.”
They train locally twice a week and have recently had visits from the likes of George Burgess and Kyle Eastmond.
Anyone wishing to join St Anne’s under-10s is asked to ring Johnny on 07961 562 106.
Other community projects are already up and running or are in the Roughyeds pipeline.
Watch the club website, our social media platforms and the local press for announcements or listen to Oldham Community Radio’s ‘Oldham Today’ programme between 10am and noon Monday to Friday.