OLDHAM Rugby League Club are offering free admission to local schoolchildren in the coming season in support of a major scheme to help every pupil in the borough to become successful in education, work and life.
“We are proud and privileged to be involved in this bold initiative to benefit Oldham children,” said club chairman Chris Hamilton.
One of 14 pledges made by participating students in a pilot scheme is to attend sporting and creative events.
That’s where the Roughyeds play their part by offering under-16s free admission to Kingstone Press Championship games at Bower Fold, Stalybridge , with accompanying adults charged only £5.
Added Hamilton: “For now, the offer extends to those schools in the pilot scheme, but when it is rolled out across the borough later in the year it will be for every child in every school in Oldham.
“It’s good to be involved in such a major and worthwhile initiative. And we feel sure that students will enjoy watching Roughyeds in action at Bower Fold.”
The scheme will apply to any home league game this season, starting with Sheffield Eagles on Sunday, February 5, although certain games will be targeted by the club as ‘Oldham Pledge’ days when children and their adults will be actively encouraged to attend.
Anyone interested should approach their pledge co-ordinator in school.
Lorna Phillip, assistant principal at Hathershaw College and one of the professionals behind the Scheme, said: “Oldham RLFC always do their best to support children in Oldham.
“Their involvement will benefit both young people and the club.”
To support the work of Oldham Education and Skills Commission, a group of colleagues from local organisations have been working together to co-ordinate and develop ‘The Oldham Offer’, which will aim to ensure Oldham’s children and young people are school ready, life ready, work ready.
All Oldham Education establishments will hopefully sign up for ‘The Oldham Offer’ in September, but Crompton House, Hathershaw College and four primaries, Coppice, Roundthorn, Whitegate End and St Matthew’s are already in the pilot scheme, which will evaluate it before the borough-wide launch.
The Oldham Offer has 14 pledges which, if completed, will ensure every young person gets the opportunity to develop character traits, a point highlighted by Nicky Morgan, Secretary of state for Education.
A host of local businesses and providers have begun to make offers to assist the young people of Oldham in fulfilling these pledges.
Thanks to the work of their community development officer, Rob Roberts, a former club captain, Oldham RLFC are already active in many local schools and are also forming partnerships now with a couple of primaries in Tameside, not far from Stalybridge Celtic’s ground on Mottram Road, Stalybridge where Roughyeds will be playing their home games in 2017.
A lot of the work done by ‘Two Bobs’ (Roberts) has been in schools that are in the Hathershaw Sports Cluster and these schools will be playing curtain-raisers at selected matches throughout the season.