Oldham Centres support Oldham

Date published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

SCORES of boys and girls from eight children’s centres across the borough will be supporting Oldham Rugby League Club in Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash with Barrow Raiders at the Whitebank Stadium.

A group of more than one hundred children, parents, carers and staff will represent the national charitable organisation Action for Children who now run ten children’s centres in Oldham for the local authority.

They will be at the game to launch a new initiative and partnership in which Action for Children and Oldham RLFC will work side by side to promote healthy lifestyles with a particular emphasis on getting more Dads and male carers involved.

Mark Connolly, Action for Children Group Manager, said: “We are all really excited about Sunday’s big game and we can’t wait to cheer the Roughyeds to victory.

“I speak for the entire Action for Children team in Oldham when I say we are looking forward to working together with the club on some innovative schemes to promote healthy lifestyles.”

The partnership is part of Oldham RL Club’s ever-increasing community programme .

Said club chairman Chris Hamilton: “We have made significant progress in our community work since acquiring our own ground last year and we are delighted to be involved with a project like this which concerns the welfare of young children.

“Our partnership with Action for Children has developed over a number of months and the initiative will be launched at Whitebank at one of our biggest home league games of the season.

“We are looking forward to working with the centres in the borough which are run by Action for Children.

“Together, we are aiming to encourage as many Dads and male carers as possible to become more involved with the centres and with the club.

“We hope our partnership will go from strength to strength.”