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Flying the flag for Roughyeds

OLDHAM RL Club welcomed the leaders and girls from the Chadderton-based 26th Oldham Rainbow, Brownie and Guide unit to the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (May 19) for the match against Coventry Bears, which Roughyeds won 34-18.

The girls, most of whom watched their first live game of rugby league, were the club’s flag bearers.

The group’s Lisa Rylands said:

“The girl-guiding experience is all about fun and friendship and with that in mind we were delighted to accept the invitation from Oldham RLFC.

“It was a new experience for the girls and it’s the sort of thing that builds confidence and self-esteem.”

The 26th Oldham unit has been giving girls the Guiding experience for 26 years on a weekly basis with the same leaders.

They are one of many similar units in Oldham and hundreds more across Great Britain, each giving girls the opportunity to learn new skills; earn qualifications; experience international travel and much more, all with fun at the core of everything they do.

In another of the club’s community initiatives, Oldham Foodbank also had staff and volunteers at the game, receiving donations of tinned and long-life food from Roughyeds fans.

Roary with Oldham Foodbank

Ben Whisker, a member of the club’s management committee who was largely responsible for setting up these two community initiatives, said:

“They were both very successful.

“The Foodbank people were absolutely delighted with the food donations they received — a big thank-you to all our fans — and the girls from 26th Oldham Rainbows, Brownies and Guides were tremendous.

“I think some of them enjoyed the rugby too.”

Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton said:

“We are working hard on our community programmes and these were the latest of several community-based projects we have undertaken this season.”


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The club has formed links with Co-op Academy, Failsworth, whose IT pupils had a competition to design the new logo for Roary’s Pride.

Roughyeds are also heavily involved in The Oldham Pledge, a project run by local schools and designed to prepare children for life after school.

As part of The Pledge initiative more than 200 pupils, parents and staff were at the home game against London Skolars in March.

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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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