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Awesome August!

OLDHAM RLFC today announced and launched ‘Awesome August!’, a massive programme of community projects built around two equally-huge home games in a tight and tense promotion race at the top of Betfred League 1.

Currently lying third, Roughyeds play second-placed Newcastle Thunder on Sunday, August 11 and fourth-placed Doncaster on Sunday, August 18, both at the Vestacare Stadium.

As things stand now, although there’s a full programme of matches first this coming weekend, Roughyeds will go second to Whitehaven if they beat Newcastle, who have described the Vestacare showdown as their biggest game for years.

There will be a curtain raiser featuring Waterhead under-7s v Westhoughton Lions under 7s, who will be making their first visit to the Vestacare Stadium.

Oldham Foodbank will also have a station at the ground and the club is asking fans to donate generously as they did last time.

The Doncaster match on the following Sunday (August 18) represents the club’s Mayoral 999 day.

The Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Ginny Alexander, and her Consort husband Adrian Alexander, a former Oldham RLFC player, will be there, hopefully with the leader of Oldham Council, Sean Fielding, and local MPs Debbie Abrahams, Jim McMahon and Angela Raynor.

The club is also hoping to have Fire, Police and Ambulance services in attendance with vehicles, and there will be stalls, a pop-up bar by Donkeystone Brewery of Greenfield, an ice cream van, other stalls, loads of give-aways and players in stocks as wet-sponge targets for eager fans.

Face painting for children, tombola and other entertaining events are also on the agenda.

The club is also hoping that fans will be able to have their pictures taken with the Challenge Cup, the World Cup and the 1895 Cup or any combination of those.

Gates will open at 1pm on this day and will remain open until kick off time at 3pm and then re-open for one hour afterwards.

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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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