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‘Pride’ members get ‘money can’t buy’ opportunities

​EVERY child who signs up for membership of Roary’s Pride at our game against London Skolars at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday will be entered into a draw to become a player escort at the home game against Hunslet on Good Friday, April 19.

Player escorts are teamed up with a player and walk with him down the tunnel and out on to the pitch, staying on the field with him during the pre-match formalities.

For any young Roughyeds supporter this is a fabulous experience, providing a memory that will last for a lifetime.

Those new members who don’t get to be player escorts at the Hunslet game will be invited to become the club’s official flag bearers at the same game.

This involves carrying a giant club flag out on to the pitch shortly before kick-off in a new RFL-led initiative that used to be exclusive to Super League and international games but is now relevant to all club games.

This is another great experience for young people and one they won’t forget easily.

Any young fans who can’t get to the game this Sunday can still join the ‘Pride’ and be flag bearers on Good Friday.

This is the first of several ‘money can’t buy’ opportunities for members of Roary’s Pride. Watch this space !

Membership will cost £10 a year and will include the following Pride-branded goodies:

A cap, drawstring bag, water bottle, pin badge, wristband, pencil, certificate, a signed picture of Roary, a fun meeting every six weeks and the opportunities referred to above.

Said Roary, our loveable lion mascot:

“Membership is terrific value for money. I’ll be very proud to be head of my pride, made up of young Roughyeds supporters. We’ll have a lot of laughs and a lot of fun.”

On entering the ground on Sunday you’ll see a gazebo where Roary and his helpers will be meeting and greeting you and signing you up for the Pride.

In the ground we’ll also have about 150 young people from local schools, plus teachers, support staff and parents. It’s one way the club can show its support for The Oldham Pledge which takes education beyond the classroom and is designed to prepare young people for what they can expect to find in the wider community when schooldays are over.

Hathershaw College will be with us plus children from these primary schools: St Edward’s RC, Broadfield, Lyndhurst, St Joseph’s RC, Greenhill, Medlock Valley, St Anne’s RC, Freehold, St Thomas’s, St Martin’s, St Matthew’s and Delph.

Pupils involved in this nationally-recognised scheme sign up for a selection of 14 pledges which might appeal to them.

One of them is to attend a sporting or creative event and that’s where we come in. If we can sow the seeds of rugby league interest in just a few of these people it will benefit them and maybe benefit the club in the longer term.

More importantly, though, we are demonstrating our support for a scheme that is designed to produce well-rounded citizens with concerns for their community in the Oldham of tomorrow. Can there be a better cause than that in the world of school, young people and preparation for adult life ?

The youngsters who are with us on Sunday will do a lap of honour at half-time and we know our fans will show their appreciation of their Pledges and of their involvement in the scheme.

We will have no shortage of player escorts and flag bearers. It should be quite a day !

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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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