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ROUGHYEDS forward Matthew Fletcher has taken on the challenge of coaching Waterhead under-13s.

As a thank-you, parents and officials have had a whip-round to raise the £375 required to sponsor the young Oldham second-rower for the 2021 Betfred Championship season.

Fletcher (21), himself a product of a Waterhead youth system that has produced scores of professionals, headed by Kevin Sinfield and Barrie McDermott, said:

“I didn’t think twice when Jon Perks asked me to help out.

“I moved to Waterhead from Saddleworth when I was 11 and I was at the club until I was 16, when I signed for Bradford.

“I watch most of the first team’s home games because a few of my mates are in it. It’s a very closely knit club. We all look after each other.

“I’ve never done any coaching before but people have been coaching me at all levels since I was nine and now it’s brilliant to be given the opportunity to put something back into the local community game, to which I owe so much to Waterhead.”

Matthew Taylor, a youth coach at Waterhead for several years, said the club was delighted to welcome ‘Fletch’ back on board.

He added:

“He’s one of our own and he’s sure to be instilling into the lads the good habits and principles that he himself was taught only a few years ago.

“It helps when you’ve come through the system yourself. We’re looking forward to Matthew doing a great job for us with the under-13s.

“We’re grateful too. That’s why we’ve raised the £375 to sponsor him at Roughyeds.”

Of the Roughyeds’ 29-man squad plus three coaches — Matt Diskin, Brendan Sheridan and Jode Sheriffe — only ten are still available to be sponsored.

They are stand-off Lewis Charnock, club captain and hooker Gareth Owen (another Waterhead product), young prop Tyler Dupree, experienced second-row man Shaun Pick and youngsters Callum Green, Max Roberts, James Barran, Ben Holcroft, Joe Hartley and John Hutchings.

Sponsored already are:

  • Dan Abram (Rugby Oldham)
  • Tommy Brierley (David and Val Webster)
  • Ben Heaton (Stephen Butterfield)
  • Cam Leeming (Anne Kearns)
  • Ryan Ince (Oldham RL Heritage Trust)
  • Dave Hewitt (Gordon Sedgwick)
  • Phil Joy (Past Players’ Assn)
  • Jack Spencer (Graeme Lee)
  • Danny Langtree (David and Val Webster)
  • Liam Bent (Pam Taylor/LTS)
  • Martyn Reilly (Dynesty Denture Solutions)
  • Matty Wilkinson (John and Lynda McAndrew)
  • Luke Nelmes (Gareth Hughes)
  • Liam Kirk (Fab-Tec Installations Ltd)
  • Matthew Fletcher (Waterhead under-13s)
  • Kyran Johnson (Mick Harrop)
  • Danny Bridge (Gerald Brierley)
  • Declan Gregory (John and Lynda McAndrew). Matt Diskin (Property Buying Company)
  • Brendan Sheridan (Property Buying Company)
  • Jode Sheriffe (Property Buying Company)

Roughyeds offer their heartiest and grateful thanks to all sponsors, many of whom have been backing players for years and, at the same time, giving the club a massive financial boost.

To sponsor any of the ten who are still available please ring the club on 07904 898177, preferably Monday to Friday in normal office hours.



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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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