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Roary’s Pride Meeting

Members of Roary’s Pride, our supporters’ group for under-16s, enjoyed another get-together at the Vestacare Stadium. highlighted by the visit of the Roughyeds’ ground safety officer Phil Black and his daughter Chloe, both of whom are qualified first-aid trainers.

David Murgatroyd, who runs Roary’s Pride, is also a qualified first-aider and the three of them demonstrated the basics of first-aid , most notably in how to put a patient in the recovery position and how to go about making emergency calls to the appropriate services.

Parents and children had great fun, but it was also an informative get-together in which the children learned life skills and thoroughly enjoyed their Saturday morning.

Said Murgy:

“It was a fantastic get-together, probably the best one we have had so far. The children were captivated by the first-aid event and I thought Phil Black, our ground safety officer, was absolutely fantastic. My personal thanks go to Phil and Chloe for coming all the way from Widnes to make the get-together the huge success it was.

“Phil was brilliant. The children hung on his every word and I’m sure the next time any of them have cause to be taken to A and E they’ll show a lot more interest in what’s going on.

“To see the children inter-acting like that made me feel so proud. It was exactly what I envisaged when we set up Roary’s Pride earlier this year, The children were proud too . . . you could see it in their faces.”

Three members of the playing squad, Ritchie Hawkyard, Cameron Leeming and Jamie Greenwood popped in to talk to the children after Saturday morning training and to take part in the ‘ traditional’ Yes,No’ game. Thanks also go to Ritchie, Cam and Jamie for giving up their time to entertain the children in this way.

At the next meeting, on a date not yet fixed, ‘Murgy hopes to arrange for the children to have a guided tour of the Civic Hall and/or the Queen Elizabeth Hall to give them an insight in what the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham means to so many thousands of people.”

“I’ll be contacting The Worshipful The Mayor of Oldham Metropolitan Borough, Councillor Ginny Alexander to see if we can fix this up,”

he said.



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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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