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Can YOU help Squad Strengthener ?

SQUAD Strengthener, the fund that was originally established by the late Nigel Marland, is still proving invaluable in the recruitment of players.

Now run by John McAndrew, Nigel’s successor as ORSA chairman, it has been in operation for several years and has contributed significantly towards the signing of dual-reg and loan players.

So far this season we haven’t had dual-reg players, but we have now announced a new dual-reg link with Leigh Centurions and we either have, or have had, loan players from Wakefield Trinity in Lee Kershaw and Titus Gwaze and from Halifax in Adam Brook.

John has also revealed that Squad Strengthener assisted in the return of Danny Langtree to the Vestacare Stadium from Hull FC.

He said:

“Squad Strengthener is supported by fans making regular standing-order payments or one-off donations, all of which are transferred to the club either monthly or as required.”

Anyone interested in joining Squad Strengthener is asked to contact John McAndrew by phone (0161 633 1791 or 07980129541) or by email to: mcandrewj@aol.com).

Club chairman Chris Hamilton said: “Club Strengthener is a very important part of our fund-raising jigsaw.

“Funds go directly on players and I would urge fans and supporters to get involved and donate whatever they can. No amount is too small.”

John has since written to ORSA members, pointing out that help is also required to enable ORSA to continue to support the players’ needs via raffles, name cards and quiz nights.

All are welcome to attend the ORSA annual general meeting at the Vestacare Stadium on Thursday evening, June 20. It will be followed by a normal meeting.

Fans who shop online are also urged to join the ‘easyfundraisingscheme’, which has now generated £100 for ORSA at no cost whatsoever to shoppers.

Forty people signed up initially, but ORSA is urging as many members of the Roughyeds fan base as possible to get involved.

It doesn’t cost a penny but assistance to ORSA is considerable.

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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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