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Mark Adams and Community Integrated Care Receive Fourth Rfl Presidents Award

The December meeting of the Rugby League Council has recognised the role played in the Covid-19 pandemic by Community Integrated Care, the sport’s national social care partner, as its chief executive Mark Adams received the RFL President’s Award from Clare Balding OBE.

The President’s Award was introduced by Andy Burnham in 2018, and is designed to recognise inspiring work to change lives and communities through Rugby League, and achievements by players, coaches and volunteers which bring the sport to new audiences.

Lindsay Anfield received the inaugural Award from Andy Burnham as a trailblazing female coach, and during his Presidency in 2019-20, Tony Adams MBE made two awards: to the Wakefield Trinity and England centre Reece Lyne for his mentoring work with young offenders; and to Dr Gemma Phillips, the Hull KR and England team doctor who has also been the RFL’s Covid lead, for her exceptional efforts in the service of the restart of the sport in 2020.

Clare Balding, who succeeded Tony Adams as RFL President in the summer, explained to Council that the award to Mark Adams and CIC also has a strong Covid-19 element – although the unique partnership had already been well-established before 2020.

As Rugby League’s national social care partner, CIC’s relationship with the sport extends across developing Rugby League playing opportunities for players with learning difficulties – including the CIC Learning Disability Super League – to activity sessions inspired by Rugby League, and with a major announcement imminent regarding volunteering opportunities at next year’s World Cup.

The pandemic has put social care in the national spotlight. CIC colleagues and clients have faced huge challenges including the loss of loved ones in the CIC community. This is the Rugby League community.

Clare Balding said:

“I am delighted that Mark Adams is recipient of my first RFL President’s Award. Mark is an inspirational leader and has demonstrated considerable bravery in speaking up for the people CIC cares for, and for CIC colleagues throughout this difficult year.

“Mark and the CIC team also worked with the sport to create online resources – the #ActiveatHome toolkit – to help anyone with additional needs – including members of the Rugby League community with autism, learning disabilities or dementia – to keep active this year.

“Rugby League is the only sport with a national social care partner. That is something everyone in the sport can be proud of as we aim to make Rugby League the nation’s most inclusive sport.”

Mark Adams said:

“We are massively proud of our partnership with the RFL and the extended Rugby League family with the Super League, RL Cares and the World Cup. We’re a charity that grew up with northern roots, and we look after working-class communities. For many in those communities it’s been a horrendous year, but we have been amazingly well supported by Rugby League people, whether in the distribution of millions of items of PPE, or in the delivery of virtual fitness classes. It’s wonderful to receive this award from Clare Balding, and on behalf of all at our charity, thank you.”

Also at the Council meeting, there were two additions to the RFL Roll of Honour: the renowned Rugby League historian and author Tony Collins, in recognition of his work over many years including in 2020 his role in marking the sport’s 125th anniversary, including the earlier decision to add Joseph Platt to the Roll of Honour; and Emma Rosewarne, who stepped down from her role as Head of Welfare with RL Cares in April after almost four decades working full-time in the sport in a variety of roles, with an increasing focus on the importance of player welfare.

The induction of Joseph Platt, Tony Collins and Emma Rosewarne takes the number of members of the RFL’s Roll of Honour to 43 — full details here — inductees

Council also approved a change to the articles which permitted the extension by one year of the terms of Simon Johnson as Chair, and of Dr Rimla Akhtar MBE as a Non-Executive Director. Both have now been elected until the Annual General Meeting in the summer of 2023.


Club Cash

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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