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Rugby Oldham to sponsor ‘Roary’s Pride’

RUGBY Oldham Supporters’ Trust has put up a four-figure fee to sponsor ‘Roary’s Pride’, the Roughyeds’ new club for under-16s which will be built around their popular lion mascot.

It will be launched at the game against London Skolars at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, March 24.

The Trust was inspired to help financially because it was an initiative that was primarily designed for future generations and that dovetailed nicely with their own aims and objectives regarding young people.

Roary, Oldham RL Club’s popular lion mascot, congratulates Co-op Academy Failsworth Year 9 pupil Bailey Howell (14) on his winning design of a logo for the Roughyeds’ new junior supporters’ club ‘Roary’s Pride’.
Four highly recommended designs were submitted by (left to right) Levi Harrison (13), Anthony Ibrahimi (14), Arran Ainsworth (13) and Oliwier Maleta (13), who created their logos digitally as part of an IT assignment.

Oldham RLFC’s Julie Collins said: “On behalf of ‘Roary’s Pride’ and the club’s new management team I would like to thank Rugby Oldham for their generous financial backing and support.

“We are keen to retain and build on our good relationship with the Trust.”

Chairman Chris Hamilton added:

“The club is working hard to increase awareness and attendances. The younger generation has an important part to play so the launch of ‘Roary’s Pride’, backed by Rugby Oldham as initial sponsors, is a huge step forward for which the club is very grateful.

“We hope to get a big turn-up in membership at the launch on March 24.”

Ian Wilson, secretary of the Supporters’ Trust, said:

“Rugby Oldham is delighted to be engaging with the club in such a positive way.

“We recognise, as do Roughyeds, how important it is to get the next generation interested in the game and involved with the club.”

Roughyeds are forging links with the nearby Co-op Academy Failsworth, whose pupils in Year 9A and 9C each designed a logo for Roary’s Pride as part of IT assignments.

The winning entry, by 14-year-old Bailey Howell, will become the official logo for Roary’s Pride and will feature on all merchandise and membership packs.

Pupils, parents and staff will be invited to the launch game and Bailey and his parents will be hospitality guests.

The club will be run by father and son David and Nathan Murgatroyd with the help of 19-year-old Sophie Nixon and the proud lion himself Roary.

The launch will include free face painting for children — all Roary related !

Membership will cost £10 a year which will include a membership pack, regular fun meetings, a signed picture of Roary, a baseball cap, other goodies, recognition of birthdays and visits to meetings by the Roughyeds players.

Said David Murgatroyd (49), lifelong fan and a member of Oldham RLFC’s new management team: “I want everyone in Roary’s Pride to be exactly that — proud. I want them to be proud of their town, their club and their team but, most of all, proud of themselves.”



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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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