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Update from club chairman Christopher Hamilton

Hi everybody. I hope you are all following the Government advice and staying safe.

I just wanted to give people a quick update on where we are at the moment.

Firstly, none of us has ever experienced any situation like this so it is important that we all really do follow the advice we are – being given and then we will be able to get back to something like normality sooner rather than later.

From a club perspective there is little we can do in regards to our normal day-to-day operations but we are in contact with our staff, both playing and non playing, and we are trying to make sure they are looked after as much as we can.

Players have been working on fitness regimes, as best as possible, away from the club for a while now but they are obviously limited in what they can do. The coaching staff continue to monitor and adjust this programme as necessary.

I can also inform you that Brendan Sheridan, our assistant coach, is currently in hospital suffering from the virus. In his short time at the club he has become an integral part of what we are doing and is a real livewire.

I have been in touch with him on a daily basis and it goes without saying that I hope all of you will keep him in your thoughts as we wish him a speedy recovery. I would ask that you respect his privacy at this time please.

It underlines just how real this situation is and we would ask you to also please keep an eye out for those more vulnerable than yourself.

The RFL have been doing a fantastic job during the past few weeks in relation to not only keeping clubs up to date on the situation but also in their discussions with Government on behalf of the sport — a standpoint that will only be beneficial in the long run. We are grateful for their support.

Finally the club is still going, albeit not in its usual guise, and we will continue to keep you informed of any developments as soon as we are able.

In the meantime please stay in touch with the club via our website and our social media channels and stay safe.

Take care,

Christopher Hamilton
Chairman
Oldham Rugby League Football Club



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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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