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Urgent notice for the parents of all ‘Pride’ members

​WE have already announced the names of the 17 lucky members of ‘Roary’s Pride’ who have been drawn out of a hat to be player escorts at the big game against Hunslet at the Vestacare Stadium on Good Friday (this Friday coming, so not long away).

All remaining ‘Pride’ members are invited to be flag bearers on the day, carrying the giant Oldham and Hunslet flags and making an appearance on the pitch before kick-off.

These are never-to-be-forgotten opportunities for young fans and we hope and trust most of them, with parents or guardians, will be with us on the big day.

FOR OBVIOUS REASONS, HOWEVER, ‘PRIDE’ LEADER DAVE MURGATROYD AND CLUB CHAIRMAN CHRIS HAMILTON NEED TO KNOW NUMBERS SO WE ARE ASKING PARENTS TO CONFIRM TO DAVE M BY WEDNESDAY AT THE LATEST — SOONER IF POSSIBLE — IF THEY WILL BE BRINGING THEIR CHILDREN TO THE GAME ON FRIDAY.

You can contact Dave by phone on 07718660505 (if he’s on voicemail leave a message with all relevant details) or to the following email addresses:

dmurgy@hotmail.co.uk OR photos@roughyeds.co.uk

On Friday all Pride members and parents are asked to be at the ground no later than 2.30pm to assemble and to receive confirmation of what to do and where to go.

Some children will be too young to perform escort or flag duties on their own, but parental assistance will be encouraged and welcomed.

Each member present will receive his or her membership certificate and we are hoping to organise a half-time parade around the pitch.

The first Pride meeting will be held in the main room of the Vestacare Stadium social club at 9am on Saturday, May 18, the day before our home game against Coventry Bears.

Roary will be there to share the day with his pride of lion cubs, as will some of the players, to whom we will be talking about their early playing days.

Also, if plans materialise and there are no emergency calls for our local fire fighters to attend, we will have a visit from Blue Watch at the Hollins Road Fire Station just up the road.

They will bring a fire engine for us to have a look at; show us their kit and explain its component parts; and give us a short safety talk aimed at young children.

“By necessity, that has to be subject to the demands on the fire fighters on the day, but that always applies with emergency services,” said Murgy.

“More immediately, we really do need to know the names of Pride members who will be with us next Friday.”

Parents of children who have not yet joined Roary’s Pride can also contact Murgy for more information or to discover how to go through the joining process.

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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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