An update from chairman Christopher Hamilton

Firstly, I hope you all are keeping safe during this difficult time.

As most of you will know, all Championship and League One clubs recently had another meeting with the RFL.

One of the main topics was to discuss the potential for returning to training and then playing matches behind closed doors.

It would be fair to say that the amount of work that has gone into this, both at Government level and with the RFL, has been significant as this is a much more complex situation than you might expect.

The original document we received around return-to-train protocols was 22 pages long and I can assure you there were no wasted pages in there !

The threat of Covid-19 remains very real and rugby league, due to the nature of both training and playing, is a high-risk sport. It is therefore vital that all the necessary steps and guidelines are strictly followed to ensure the safety of all the people involved.

This includes ensuring that all training and playing venues are bio secure. That will entail a lot of work and cost, obviously, with the testing of staff and players a key element of the whole process.

In addition, the needs of players and staff – for whom this is a second job – together with our medical staff who work within the NHS, are paramount.

There is still no decision as to whether or not we will return this season as there is so much to consider as well as the welfare of so many people, not least the fans, season ticket holders and sponsors, plus the clubs’ and venues’ abilities to be able to comply with all required standards.

There isn’t, at this present time, a date on the horizon as to when spectators might be able to return to watch games, even in reduced numbers. This is the position everybody wants to get to although it is very much dependent on how the virus continues to be controlled.

As I have said before, the RFL has done an impressive job for the game throughout the whole of this pandemic and has kept clubs up to date as much as possible with information and guidance, all of which is following government advice, which is crucial.

The RFL board will meet early next week and following the clubs’ last meeting everybody had to fill in a survey. The results from that survey will be considered at the board meeting although it remains to be seen if a decision is made at that time.

To finish, can I thank all of you for your ongoing support to the club at this difficult time for everybody. The support of people through the lottery, the sponsorship for the replaying of last year’s Promotion Final and, more recently, the buying of leisurewear and then the NHS tee shirts have all played a key role in helping us to keep the club going.

As soon as there is any more news to report we will let you have it.

Stay safe,

Christopher Hamilton
Chairman
Oldham Rugby League Club


Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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