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Squad strengthener has a key role to play — Chris

CHAIRMAN Chris Hamilton, head coach Matt Diskin and the club wish to thank ORSA’s Squad Strengthener for its recent support and to make it known that the fans’ fund-raiser has assisted the club financially in the recruitment of next season’s squad.

“Like most clubs, we have had backing from Squad Strengthener in what is obviously a crucial part of the overall operation and it goes without saying that we really appreciate the gesture and the work that goes into making it possible"

said the Roughyeds chairman, content in the knowledge that the 2021 squad currently stands at 27 in number and looks to be the strongest the club has put together for several years.

Coach Diskin added:

“I’m much more confident about 2021 than I was last time. We’ve signed some real quality for next season and it wouldn’t have happened without Squad Strengthener. We can’t put into words how much we really appreciate that help.”

Though falling under the banner of ORSA (Oldham Roughyeds Supporters’ Association), Squad Strengthener is run and administered by a sub-committee of three — John McAndrew, Lynda McAndrew and Bill Hannen.

It was originally created by the late Nigel Marland when he became ORSA chairman, but when Nigel died and John McAndrew succeeded him as chairman of the supporters’ association he vowed to keep Squad Strengthener going. Money is contributed by supporters to Squad Strengthener and ring-fenced for the sole purpose of helping the parent club to sign new players or, as in previous years, to go towards the wages of loan players.

Said John:

“We have 24 keen supporters who help us with monthly standing orders or with annual one-off payments. We have also had a couple of donations from people who have died and bequeathed money to the club or their relatives have done it for them as a thank-you to the club for all the pleasure it has given them over the years.

“Just as the club has publicly expressed its thanks to Squad Strengthener, I would like to add my thanks, and those of ORSA, to supporters who make it possible and also to those fans who support ORSA in other ways. It is difficult to raise money during a lockdown, but we keep trying. No matter what is thrown at him, Chris never gives up in doing his best for the club and nor will we in terms of ORSA and Squad Strengthener.”

Anyone wishing to know more about Squad Strengthener, or to join the scheme, can speak to John directly on 07980-129541.



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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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