OLDHAM Rugby League Club are asking fans to pitch in and support a sponsorship scheme with the potential to raise £56,700 towards ground development work at Whitebank.
Fans can sponsor one or more one-metre squares of the pitch for £10 per square and money raised will go into a specific ground-development account to be used exclusively for that purpose.
The pitch can be divided into 5,670 squares of those dimensions.
Supporters will receive a certificate for each square they sponsor and will be entered on a roll of honour to be published in each match-day programme next season.
Despite delays caused by circumstances outside the club’s control, Roughyeds are pressing ahead with plans for a new stand on one side of the ground, terracing on the other, extra turnstiles and new toilet and refreshment facilities.
They received a major boost last month when the local planning authority assured the club in writing that the scheme will not require Environmental Impact Assessment screening, thus saving the club a lot of work, time and expense.
In a letter to season-ticket holders and an upbeat message to rank-and-file supporters, chairman Chris Hamilton said the club needed to raise as much money as it could for ground improvements.
He added: “This is a groundshare scheme in which sharing is caring. It’s your club, your ground. You can play a massive part in this. Help us to take Whitebank forward and to develop a stadium we can all be proud to call home.
“A Certificate of Sponsorship for a piece of the Whitebank pitch, for example, would make a great Christmas present for the Oldham fan in your family or the person who has ‘everything’.
“This would be something different and the recipient would be part of the history of Whitebank and its development as a rugby league stadium.”
For further information or to pitch in and submit your name for the roll of honour contact the Roughyeds office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton on 0161 628 3677.
Season tickets are still on sale at these prices:
Standing, adults £100, concessions £80, under-16s £25; seats, adults £115, concessions £100, under-16s £40.
They cover two home Northern Rail Cup group games against Rochdale and Gateshead and eight league games at Whitebank against Rochdale, Oxford, Gateshead, London Skolars, Hemel Stags, South Wales Scorpions, North Wales Crusaders and Gloucester All Golds.
The Supporters’ Association (ORSA) and Limehurst Lions will jointly stage a children’s Christmas party at Whitebank on Saturday, 1pm to 4pm. Contact Paul Whalley on 07796631192.