Oldham Community Leisure

Date published: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
CHRIS Hamilton, chairman of Oldham Rugby League Club, and Tariq Rafiq, director of Oldham Race Equality Partnership, have accepted invitations to join the board of Oldham Community Leisure.
“These are exciting times for OCL and we have been strengthened by the addition of two quality new board members,” said Stuart Lockwood, chief executive of OCL.
He added: “Oldham Council have shown their commitment to leisure by investing in two brand-new facilities which will improve participation levels in sport and exercise and so improve the health of the community.
“I asked Chris if he would be interested in joining us because OCL have had associations with Oldham RLFC in the past and we are both in the business of dealing with sport for the people of Oldham.”
Anyone with an OCL card is now entitled to 50 per cent off the cost of admission to the Roughyeds’ home games at Whitebank on production of their card at the ticket kiosk situated near the turnstiles on match day.
It means OCL members can gain admission for £6 (adults), £5 (concessions) and £2 (under-16s).
Said Mr Hamilton: “Since the club was established in its own home at Whitebank we have massively expanded our work in the community and this will be another major step in that direction.
“I am proud of the town and its people and from a personal point of view I see this an an opportunity for me to put some of that passion for the borough into a very worthwhile operation.
“It was a source of pride to be asked to join the OCL board and I will give it 100 per cent because I don’t know any other way.
“It is a particularly exciting and challenging time for OCL because the contract for running and maintaining leisure services in the borough will be up for renewal later in the year.”