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Safeguard breakfast for upwardly mobile Roughyeds

OLDHAM RL Club’s players are moving up in the world.

Promoted from Betfred League 1 to the Betfred Championship, they are attracting new sponsors and backers . . . and on Saturday after training players and backroom staff will have breakfast in the community with the Safeguard Group, a local firm based in Chadderton.

“For a club our size, which has just moved up from Betfred League 1 to the Championship, to receive an invitation like this is massive,” said delighted head coach Matt Diskin.

“The lads are planning their Christmas party for later in the day and what better way to start off the day than this?

“It goes without saying that we are all very grateful to Safeguard and very appreciative of their fantastic invitation which will give the players an opportunity to spend a bit of time together after training and do some Christmas bonding.

“It also means that, as a squad and as a club, we can get out into the local community which I feel is a very important part of what we are about.”

Players and staff will enjoy breakfast in Safeguard’s new Lounge Cafe which was recently opened to the public at the Safeguard Group’s Arkwright Street base on the Westwood Industrial Estate in Chadderton, OL9 9LZ.

A leading supplier and installer of quality catering products, the firm has been established in Oldham for more than 30 years.

It is proud of its local reputation as a market leader and it has also built a national profile through its commitment to delivering excellent service and value-for-money products.

Moreover, several members of senior management are steeped in rugby league, including Financial Operations Manager Jonathan Kelly, who has had a 28-year association with Oldham St Anne’s.

Others on the management team also have direct links with the Green and Golds.

Said Jonathan:

“Six of us have links with St Anne’s and as a company we wanted to show our support for and our allegiance to the Roughyeds and to rugby league generally in Oldham.

“We were delighted to see them get promoted; we wish them all the best in the Championship; and we felt it would be great to invite them down to breakfast in our new cafe.”

Oldham RLFC chairman Chris Hamilton said:

“It will be great for the lads to take up this kind invitation from Safeguard.

“It’s good for bonding and for forging links with the local community; and we are very appreciative of this great gesture by Safeguard.”



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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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