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Our very own ‘Murgy’ nominated for top award

OLDHAM RLFC is delighted to announce that the club’s honorary photographer David Murgatroyd has been nominated for the One Future Oldham Sports Awards in the category of Volunteer of the Year.

Although he has been a dedicated volunteer in our media team for several years, he has never flinched from offering his services to the club in many other roles whenever the occasion has arisen.

He is, for instance, a member of the club’s management team and the volunteer leader also of the club’s new supporters’ club for young fans, Roary’s Pride.

He was a driving force behind the creation of Roary’s Pride and, as leader, devotes boundless time and energy to the development and advancement of the new organisation for junior supporters.

That’s not all. Whenever there is a requirement for club chairman Christopher Hamilton to find a volunteer on whom he can rely to work steadfastly on behalf of the club in any one of several capacities, David is always quick to put up his hand.

“On behalf of the club, but also on a personal note, I congratulate David on his nomination and I am thrilled to see that he has been shortlisted as a finalist,” said Mr Hamilton.

“The club relies heavily on its many volunteer helpers, as do all similar clubs, and David is a staunch, loyal and long-serving member of of volunteer team.

“He is perfectly suited to run Roary’s Pride; a proud Oldhamer; a proud supporter of the club he has followed all his life; and a man who remembers and often recalls with affection what the club meant to him as a small boy, just like the boys and girls who are now in Roary’s Pride.”

The One Future Oldham Sports Awards recognise and reward local people for their contributions to community sport in Oldham.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, September 20 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in an evening of entertainment and prize-giving with distinguished and special sporting guests.
Tickets are available on a first-come basis, priced £15, from Eventbrite – Oldham Sports Awards.

Let it be known you are supporting a nominee, David Murgatroyd, and theorganisers will bear that in mind when organising table plans.

Jeremy Broadbent is the chair of One Future Oldham Sports Awards and an Ambassador for Oldham, while Oldham-born Kevin Sinfield, of Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain RL, is also an Ambassador for Oldham Sports Awards.


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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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