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Mayor launches Junior Take-Over Day at Oldham RLFC

Councillor Ginny Alexander, the Worshipful the Mayor of Oldham Metropolitan Borough, has launched a major initiative for children at Oldham Rugby League Club.

Accompanied by her Consort husband Adrian Alexander, a former Oldham councillor and an ex-Oldham RLFC prop-forward, the Mayor gave Civic backing to the club’s Junior Take-Over Day which will take place when North Wales Crusaders visit the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, July 14 to play Oldham in Betfred League 1.

Local children are being invited to take over key roles at the club that day including those of chairman, public address announcer, hospitality suite hosts, media manager, club photographer, stand transfer attendant, players’ kit manager, ground safety announcer, match time-keeper, programme sellers, Golden Gamble (draw tickets) sellers and car park attendants.

“By providing local children with this enjoyable, possibly one-time, opportunity, we are hoping to show children and their families how our rugby club works on match days,”

said Julie Collins, a member of the club’s management team.

“We were honoured and privileged when the Mayor and her Consort attended a meeting of Roary’s Pride, our junior supporters’ club, to lunch our Take-Over Day.”

Children are required to fill in an application form, stating which of the roles they would like to fill on July 14, and these can be downloaded here or picked up at the club ‘s office at the Vestacare Stadium between 10am and 3pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (telephone 07904 898177).

Forms need to be returned to Jenny McGrane at the club by July 3.

Each role will be offered to the applicant whom club officials believe has given the best reason for wanting to do that particular job on July 14.

The Take-Over Day was launched by the Mayor when she and her Consort husband, Adrian Alexander, attended a Roary’s Pride meeting of junior supporters which is run by David Murgatroyd, who is also a member of the senior management team; 19-year-old Sophie Nixon; and club mascot Roary, the lion-king mascot who looks after his ‘Pride’ of junior supporters.

Community officers from Greater Manchester Police also attended the meeting at which the Mayor’s consort gave junior supporters a brief run-down on what it was like to play rugby league for the Oldham club.

Mr Alexander, who had previously played rugby union for England under-23s, the Barbarians and London Counties, changed codes and played for Oldham RLFC for four years, shining as a multi-talented ball-handling prop forward.

He told the children:

“Rugby League is like life in general . . . you take a knock, shake it off, get up and play the ball and get on with the job.” Invalid download ID.

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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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