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Junior Takeover Day ‘a resounding success’

OLDHAM Rugby League Club beat North Wales Crusaders 46-30 at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, but lots of fans thought the real winners were children who took on various match-day roles as part of a club community initiative.

Children were invited to take part in Junior Take-Over Day and many of them got the jobs they wanted.

Like Orlaith MacCafferty (9), from St Anne’s RC Primary, who became chairperson for the day and took charge of the entire operation under the guidance of the real boss, Chris Hamilton.

Orlaith McCaffrey and Richie Hawkyard

Like Jessica Davies (9) and Lucy Highfield (11), both of Tameside, who shared duties as public address announcers.

Lucy Highfield and Jessica Davies

Like Evie Wood (7), of Hr Failsworth Primary and Bailey Howell (14) of Co-op Academy, Failsworth, who wore official bibs and took up touchline roles as club photographers under the watchful eyes of David Murgatroyd and David Naylor.

Evie Wood and parents, Bailey Howell with Ritchie Hawkyard

Like Stanley Simpson (10) of Friezland Primary and Harvey Hall (8) of Oasis Academy, Limeside, who were kit managers for the day.

Stanley Simpson and Harvey Hall

Like Amelie Betts (11), of Friezland Primary and Theo Black (9), of Widnes, who were ground safety officers, operating under the control of the real safety man, Phil Black.

Theo Black and Amelie Betts

Like Jasmine Tierney (7), of St Margaret’s CE Primary, who took on her dad’s job as programme seller — and for the first time this season sold out !

Jasmine Tierney with Ritchie Hawkyard and Lee Kershaw

Each of the children was escorted by his or her senior equivalent and each was invited into the boardroom after the game to receive a certificate and to have a picture taken with man of the match Ritchie Hawkyard and Magic Moment winner Lee Kershaw.

Pre-match, and in her dual role as sponsors suite host, nine year old Orlaith interviewed the real chairman Chris Hamilton and the head coach Scott Naylor.

Describing Junior Take-Over Day as a ‘resounding success’, Chris Hamilton said he couldn’t praise Orlaith enough for taking on the role of chairman.

“It’s seriously daunting for a nine-year-old to speak in public, but she was a little gem,” he said.

He added: “All the children did wonderfully well and I can’t thank them enough. Well done all of you. You were terrific.

“It’s been a fabulous time for all concerned and I hope the children will remember this day for a long time, as we certainly will.”

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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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