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Leeming suffers broken nose as players return to training

AFTER an enforced absence of nine months, Roughyeds were back in training for the first time last night (Tuesday) as pre-season work for the 2021 Betfred Championship campaign got under way.

In typical pre-season weather — constant rain — the players were delighted to be back in the old routine, doing what they love best as a squad, albeit “different” this year because of anti-Covid protocols.

After following these RFL protocols each step of the way, including online training for all players and staff, the club eventually got written confirmation of permission to return to training just two hours before the start of the session.

Oldham Squad begin pre-season training
Oldham Squad begin pre-season training

After such a long break, and restrictions on the kind of training players have been able to do away from the club, it was always going to be a test for all concerned, both physically and mentally.

One player who didn’t enjoy it was Cameron Leeming, who literally lasted two minutes before breaking his nose badly after a clash of heads with new-boy Ryan Ince. Leeming was forced to sit out the rest of the session before heading to hospital in Leeds.

Chairman Christopher Hamilton said:

”A lot of work by all concerned has gone into getting us to this stage. The lads were chomping at the bit to get back to training. A few of them will be feeling it tomorrow, no doubt, but importantly we have taken a big step towards some kind of normality with the ultimate aim of playing matches in front of our fans as soon as possible."

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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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