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Dacia launches ‘A Hero’s Journey’ in latest Rugby League activation

Dacia has launched a content series in partnership with Hearst and The Telegraph, featuring three Rugby League heroes from the Great Britain, England Women and England Wheelchair teams.

Georgia Roche, the Castleford and England stand-off who was crowned the first Woman of Steel in 2018 – an award which has been sponsored by the Telegraph for 2019 – is the first subject, as featured on Telegraph Online https://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-league/stories/georgia-roche-making-of-woman-of-steel/.

She will be followed by the Leeds Rhinos and England Wheelchair star James Simpson, and the St Helens prop Alex Walmsley, who is hoping to make his Great Britain debut on the Rugby League Lions tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea this autumn.

Dacia are the principal sponsors of England and Great Britain, and the three-part series is the latest in their Rugby League sponsorship activations, secured and developed by partnerships agency Fuse.

The videos, created by Hearst, tell the stories of different heroes within Rugby League and the values they hold, establishing Dacia and Rugby League’s shared values: down to earth, honest and no-nonsense.

From using rugby as a tool to deal with mental health and speaking up, to not letting disability stop you from becoming your best self, to becoming a Woman of Steel before you even turn 18, the in-depth profile pieces showcase how Rugby League is so much more than a sport to the three players, demonstrating the epic journeys they’ve been on.

The series will be pushed out across Hearst’s Women’s Health and Men’s Health networks as well as the Telegraph Online, where it will be supported by digital and print editorial. It will be released around key England and GB Rugby League Lions moments, and aims to reach new audiences beyond hardcore rugby fans and the grassroots network.

Adam Wood, Marketing Director, Renault UK & Ire, said:

“Dacia and Rugby League are the perfect fit: both share the same honest, down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach, and we are excited to communicate these values to a new audience through our partnership with Hearst UK and the Telegraph. It is an exciting time to be involved in the sport as the 2021 World Cup approaches, and we will continue to use our unique platform as England and Great Britain Lions partner to connect with new fans.”

Louise Johnson, CEO, Fuse said:

“Dacia has been a principal partner of the Rugby League for four years and over this time has built a strong affinity with rugby fans, this partnership will drive new fans of not only Rugby League, but Dacia too.”

Alun Williams, Managing Director, Men’s Lifestyle and Health & Fitness, said:

“We’re delighted to be working with Dacia around their Rugby League partnership. Men’s Health and Women’s Health are very much about empowering our sport-enthusiast audiences to achieve their goals – whatever their challenges or backgrounds – so we see a great alignment here between our brand values and those of this campaign.”

Nick Green, Head of Telegraph Sport Sponsorship, added:

“At the Telegraph, we pride ourselves on the breadth of our sports offering and we are delighted to partner with Dacia to help tell the story of these Rugby League heroes as well as the historic GB Lions tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea this Autumn.”


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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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