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England teams to wear OXEN in new deal

The Rugby Football League today announces another significant step on the road to this year’s Rugby League World Cup with a new five-year partnership with UK-based sportswear manufacturer OXEN to produce all technical kit for the England Men, Women, Wheelchair and Physical Disability teams.

The new England designs will be unveiled ahead of the Mid-Season Internationals in June, when the England Men, Women and Wheelchair teams will take the field in them for the first time.

OXEN are part of the Elite Pro Sports Group and have been working in the sports industry for over 30 years, with especially detailed knowledge of Rugby League, and a growing presence in the Betfred Super League.

A key part of the deal will be the availability of a wider and more diverse training and replica shirt range than ever before, to allow Rugby League fans to show their support for England in the countdown to the World Cup – as well as a dedicated England “store within a store” in the Merrion Centre in central Leeds.

The deal will also mean a new look for the RFL’s Match Officials from 2021 – on show for the first time when the Betfred Challenge Cup kicks off this weekend. OXEN will also produce kit for RFL performance staff, other teams in the England Performance Unit including the Knights, Academy and Scholarship, and the England Community Lions Men and Women teams.

Tony Sutton, the RFL’s Chief Operating Officer, said:

“This is a significant long-term partnership for the RFL at the start of such an exciting year for the sport. OXEN share our excitement about what lies ahead for our Men, Women, Wheelchair and Physical Disability teams. Their experience and knowledge of Rugby League will be a major asset to our players, coaches, match officials and also supporters, as we look forward to England Rugby League having a higher profile than ever this autumn.”

Lee Jenkinson, the Chief Executive of OXEN, said:

“We are thrilled to be the official kit suppliers to the England Rugby League teams and the Rugby Football League. We are passionate about the sport and we understand how important it is to have three World Cups in England – and we’re looking forward to working closely with Shaun Wane, Craig Richards, Tom Coyd and their colleagues in the England Performance Unit to provide the best technical kit for the England players.

“We will also be focused on providing exciting and diverse training ranges and replica shirts for supporters. We have a proven track record of increasing retail sales in our partnerships – in addition to well over a decade’s knowledge of Rugby League.

“We’re excited about the prospect of breaking new ground with our ‘Store within a Store’ dedicated to England Rugby League in the Merrion Centre and this will be launched with a full and comprehensive range of new England products ahead of the Mid-season Internationals.

“We urge England Rugby League fans to sign up to our newsletter https://bit.ly/2PODmhC , to ensure you are the first to hear about all our new England RL merchandise and promotions.”


Club Cash

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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