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Roughyeds acknowledge RFL’s stirring leadership

Roughyeds’ chairman Christopher Hamilton has welcomed news of the government’s £16-million loan to support rugby league and has also lauded the RFL’s excellent leadership during the Covid-19 crisis.

The whole sport had worked hard collectively to demonstrate the impact rugby league had on the fabric of its local communities — and government’s recognition of that was a key factor in the decision to loan the sport £16 million to see it through the world-wide financial crisis.

One of rugby league’s longest-serving club chiefs, spanning 22 years, and a former RFL president, Hamilton said:

“Without doubt this is exceptional news for the sport in unprecedented times. Potentially it could be a life-saver for clubs in the three professional divisions.

“Ralph Rimmer, his executive team and the RFL board deserve enormous credit for the stirring leadership they have demonstrated since day one of this crisis.

“Not only that, they have now secured this additional help from government at a time when we are desperately trying to keep clubs in business.

“The importance of clubs to their local communities, which reaches far beyond match days, has clearly resonated with our nation’s leaders and it also underlines the significant role clubs like Oldham play as part of the town’s fabric.

“As the first and possibly the only sport to gain such additional support the RFL can pride itself on a momentous achievement and one of which everybody connected with the game — our club in particular — should be very proud.

“This is not a cure-all solution though and we must all be on-alert to make sure we come out of this pandemic in as strong a position as possible.”

Rugby League is not a wealthy sport and it faced a genuine threat to its future.

These remain challenging times for everyone in the sport, but rugby league can now continue to showcase outstanding sport and continue to deliver positive social and economic impacts on our local communities.

Oldham RLFC is proud and privileged to be part of that.


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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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