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Junior Take-Over Day on July 14

​OLDHAM Rugby League Club is delighted to announce that it has Civic backing for its Junior Take-Over Day on Sunday, July 14 when North Wales Crusaders visit the Vestacare Stadium for a Betfred League 1 fixture in which second-placed Roughyeds will be pushing on in their goal to finish top and earn automatic promotion to the Betfred Chgampionship.

Supported by her Consort husband Adrian Alexander, a former Oldham RL prop, the Mayor of Oldham Metropolitan Borough, Councillors Ginny Alexander, officially launched our latest initiative for young Oldhamers and said she was proud to do so.

Young fans are reminded that tomorrow (Wednesday) is the deadline for children to submit an application form to take over one of several game-day roles at the club, in this case on July 14 when the Crusaders come to town.

Forms must be returned to Jenny McGrane at the club by July 3 so act fast and by tomorrow at the latest.

Forms can be downloaded from this link or picked up, filled in and left at the club’s office (tel: 07904 898177) between 10am and 3pm tomorrow.

For this one game only, young fans can take over as club chairman, PA announcer, hospitality suite hosts (2), media manager, club photographer, stand transfer attendant, kit manager, match timekeeper, programme sellers, Golden Gamble sellers and car park attendants.

Children from local schools and local community clubs filled several roles at last Sunday’s home game against West Wales Raiders, including those of flag bearers and player escorts.

Junior sections of local community clubs represented were those from Saddleworth Rangers and Oldham St Anne’s, some of whom doubled-up as members of Roary’s Pride, Oldham RL Club’s newly-launched junior supporters’ club.

Schools present were Failworth, Oasis Academy, Mayfield, St Anne’s and Broadfield.

Senior players Jack Spencer, Ben Calland and Kyran Johnson, all out of action because of injury, featured in a Half-Time Challenge with children in which young fans tried to kick a rugby ball and hit the cross bar from 20 metres out.

Only one youngster has done it in several weeks of trying . . . and he was a Chernobyl child from Belarus.



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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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