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Squad Strengthener can make a real impact

WITH an exciting squad-building exercise for 2021 in full flow, ORSA officials, led by energetic chairman John McAndrew, are keen to draw attention once again to the supporters’ association’s Squad Strengthener scheme and its relevance to the all-important financial aspect of acquiring the strongest possible group of players at the club.

Most clubs have a similar scheme which, in Oldham’s case, was instigated by the late Nigel Marland in his then capacity as chairman of ORSA, the Oldham Roughyeds Supporters’ Association.

As Nigel’s successor, John is keen to retain the scheme’s input and relevance to the overall success of the club, especially at a time like this when the next Oldham squad is being put together during an unprecedented period of world-wide financial hardship and recession due to COVID-19 and at a time when a lot of clubs in a lot of different sports, not to mention other businesses, are fearing for their future.

He is also keen to develop and build on the legacy left by Nigel’s initiative in launching Squad Strengthener some years ago.

Said John:

“Basically, ORSA supports the club by donations but in the case of Squad Strengthener the donations are from individuals and are specifically to be used in the pursuit of putting the best possible team on the field in Oldham jerseys.
“Most of the Squad Strengthener donations tend to be from ORSA members because it’s an ORSA scheme which was originally launched by Nigel, but donors don’t have to be members. Anyone can take part.

“In the past some people have contributed by standing order over a period and others have preferred to make a direct donation. Most clubs have a scheme like this, or very similar, and they play a very important part in a club’s progress.

“We have contributed in the past to the wages of loan players and those who have come on dual-registration but we will continue to help, via Squad Strengthener, in any way we can if it means we can see the benefits on the field.”

Anyone wishing to join Squad Strengthener, which John runs and administers in his capacity as chairman of both Squad Strengthener and ORSA, can contact him on 07980129541 or at his home, 28, Savoy Drive, Royton, OL2 5DB.

Oldham RLFC chairman Chris Hamilton said:

“The club is extremely grateful to all who have contributed to Squad Strengthener in the past and to anyone who may be considering it now.

“Huge thanks also to John and to ORSA for continuing to work on what Nigel started for the sole purpose of seeing our club go from strength to strength.

“We hope some people will see Squad Strengthener as a way of providing direct support for the club via player recruitment.”


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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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