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WE can now name the children who will take over key roles in our big Take-Over Day at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday when North Wales Crusaders come to town seeking their fourth win in a row.

Orlaith MacCafferty, a nine-year-old from St Anne’s RC Primary School, has her sights set on the top job. She wants to be chairman of the club and, guess what, the real chairman, Chris Hamilton, says she is welcome to it!

Others on duty on Sunday will be:

  • PA announcer: Jessica Davies (9) from Audenshaw Primary
  • Photographers: Evie Wood (7), Higher Failsworth Primary; Bailey Howell (14), Co-op Academy, Failsworth.
  • Kit managers: Stanley Simpson (10), Friezland Primary; Harvey Hall (8), Oasis Academy, Limeside;
  • Ground Safety officers: Amelie Betts (11), Friezland Primary; Theo Black (9), Ditton Primary, Widnes.
  • Programme seller: Jasmine Tierney (7), St Margaret’s CE Primary School.

The children, whose ages range from seven to 14, will be given a boardroom briefing before starting their game-day duties with their respective “real” operators.

At 1.30pm the children and their counterparts will be photographed on the pitch and post-match there will be a presentation in the boardroom to staff and counterparts.

Children will be encouraged to be actively involved and chairman Chris said:

“The whole purpose is to make it real.”

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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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