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Player Focus on Harry Aaronson

Our next player focus is on another recent signing Harry Aaronson.

As a sports scholar, TASS athlete, England Universities player and his university team’s performance captain, Harry has already made his mark in the world of rugby league.

What’s a TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) athlete ?

It’s an athlete with talent who’s on a support programme to help such athletes to balance the demands of their sport and the demands of their studies.

Harry’s dad is a massive rugby league fan so Harry was taken to watch games while a very young boy and he too was soon hooked on the sport.

He always wanted to play for Oldham, his home-town club, but as events turned out his first pro club was Swinton Lions, to be followed by Keighley Cougars where he he received the Cougars’ Young Player Of The Year Award in 2017 and then made 19 first-team appearances in 2018.

Despite all that he re-signed for Swinton Lions and later came to Oldham on loan, playing his first game in red and white on June 2, 2019 against Doncaster.

Away from rugby, Harry likes to watch Oldham Athletic and he also plays golf. His heroes are his dad and Halifax scrum-half James Woodburn-Hall, while Bradford prop George Milton is the best player he has played against.

Cameron Leeming would be his guest on a desert island. “He’s a good laugh and we’d have a good time,” said Harry,, who summed up the season so far like this:

“We’ve been good in patches but we need to follow up the excellent performances at home against Newcastle and Doncaster by also beating Coventry and Hunslet away to get momentum going into the play-offs’

“Top spot is in Whitehaven’s hands but we’ll hopefully finish no lower than second.”



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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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