Oasis and Oldham RLFC in tandem

Date published: Thursday, April 3, 2014
OASIS Academy Oldham has forged further community links with Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd by becoming, for the first time, one of the Kingstone Press Championship One club’s 2014 shirt sponsors.
“We are proud to have the support of Oasis Academy Oldham and to carry their logo on our players’ jerseys,” said club chairman Christopher Hamilton.
“Oasis Academy Oldham is a prominent institution in the local area and it has the same aims and aspirations as the club in terms of the community in which we are both based.”
The Oldham players, who are this year wearing the club’s traditional red and white hoops when playing home games at the Whitebank Stadium, use Oasis Academy Oldham’s state-of-the-art sporting facilities for training and match preparation.
Academy and club work together on community projects in many other ways — and over the next few months several new partnership initiatives will be announced.
David Hayes, Principal of Oasis Academy Oldham, and Carl Heatley, Assistant Principal, Community Partnerships, welcomed this latest development in the efforts of both partners to work side by side for the benefit of the wider community in the Hollins and Limeside areas of the borough as well as further afield.
Said Mr Hayes: “We are a school that is trying to be as community focused as is possible, and we recognise that a partnership with Oldham RLFC, at the very heart of that community, serves to strengthen that focus.
“The more people who know of our community links and our community beliefs, the better it is for Oasis Academy Oldham.”
Mr Heatley said: “We are looking forward to further strengthening links between Oldham RLFC, our students, and the wider community.
“We believe that by working together in partnership we will be able to provide different opportunities for the local community and add to the future success of all involved.”
Added Mr Hamilton: “The Oasis Academy Oldham logo is also on the tops worn  by our physiotherapists, doctor and our water carriers, but to have it on the players’ home kit in 2014 is a major development and a further sign that our partnership is getting stronger all the time.
“Needless to say, we are extremely grateful for the support and backing of Oasis Academy Oldham and we look forward to promoting that name wherever we play in the coming months as we strive to enjoy a successful season.”