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Game-day 1 sees St Anne’s flying the flag

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: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

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.



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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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