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Message from the Chairman

Hi everybody,

I hope you are all keeping safe and well.

It has been a while since I last communicated with you and I wanted to keep you up to date with events as they unfold.

As you are all aware, the season is well and truly underway now, although we are still missing one key thing – YOU!

The team has had a mixed bag of results so far but the lads continue to work hard in training to keep improving. Hopefully, we will get back on the winning trail this weekend when we start a run of two successive home games.

To be at this point has taken a lot of work – and continues to do so – with all the Covid protocols we have to follow. This includes twice- weekly testing and daily reporting of symptoms or non-symptoms. The lads have had to alter their usual behaviours to a large degree and for that I am very grateful.

I can assure you all that it isn’t much fun being a club Covid Officer and I am pretty sure the lads are sick of hearing my voice as I constantly remind them of various things!

Everybody will be looking towards May 17 and what that will mean in relation to fans being allowed back into matches.

Well, as it stands right now, there is no definite answer to how that will look. The guidance being issued to clubs is still somewhat vague and is, of course, subject to change.

For sure, though, ground capacities will be reduced, social distancing measures will still be in place and people will be required to wear masks.

In addition, all tickets will need to be purchased online to enable track and trace and allocation of seats etc. We will let you know what you need to do.

We continue to work through what we need to do to get you back into matches but I wanted to let you know about the part you will have to play in all of this.

While the club has a large degree of responsibility, there is also an obligation to follow guidance and to bring good habits with you when you are allowed back.

Whatever measures are put in place – and they will all be to ensure the safety of everybody in the ground – they need all of us to follow them to make sure we all enjoy the chance to watch the team live.

A key message to you all is that, at the moment, government guidelines do not allow for away spectators to attend matches. The RFL is working with the DCMS on this to try and allow fans to travel and if that changes we will, of course, let you know straight away.

We will continue to update you as things develop as we get nearer to the point where you can again come to matches but in the meantime please continue to support us, while we have no income, by purchasing merchandise, joining the lottery or by buying the pay-per-view pass for our matches, particularly home games where, after costs we get most of the profit.

All this makes a difference and is vital to the club at this time.

Take care and see you soon,

Christopher Hamilton
Chairman
Oldham Rugby League Club

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