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Chris to be interviewed on TV

A regional BBC camera crew will soon be at the Vestacare Stadium to film an interview with our chairman, Chris Hamilton, about Rugby League’s big achievement in gaining a £16-million Government loan to combat financial problems caused by the coronavirus.

“The RFL has to be congratulated on becoming the first sport to receive a Government loan,”

said the Roughyeds’ chief, one of the longest-serving owners in the game — more than 20 years — and a former president of the RFL.

The club will be issuing a statement later today on this massively positive development for the sport.

The interview with Chris is expected to be shown on BBC regional news at 1.30pm, 6.30pm and maybe tonight at about 10.30 after the main national news.

In a statement released one minute after midnight the RFL revealed that it had secured ‘significant’ Government support to help the sport and its clubs through the unprecedented financial challenges caused by the current public health emergency.

It went on:

“The Government has announced an emergency loan of £16-million to be administered by the RFL in partnership with Sport England and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

“In this announcement the DCMS highlighted Rugby League’s importance to the communities in which it is established.”


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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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