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.”

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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