Oldham RL back local Duke of Edinburgh scheme

Date published: Sunday, March 4, 2012

OLDHAM Rugby League Club has put its weight behind a new Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme which has been launched in Limehurst Village by the area’s police community support officer Sam Kent-Brown.

The rugby club, which plays at nearby Whitebank Stadium, is keen to be active in its local community.

As part of the Roughyeds’ work in the community, the club will tackle the task of giving Sam as much help as it can as she strives to recruit young people in Hollinwood, Failsworth and Limehurst Village for Duke of Edinburgh activities.

Eleven have signed up already, aged 14 to 17, but recruitment is ongoing and Sam hopes numbers will increase significantly in the next week or two.

“It’s a brand-new venture for the area,” she said when the scheme was officially launched at Farm Road Youth Club.

Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton was there to represent the club and to offer its support.

Said Sam: “It’s great to have Oldham RL Club on board because they will help in various ways, giving me more time to concentrate on other aspects of the scheme.

“More specifically, Roughyeds will assist on fund-raising; on the physical fitness of our participants; and perhaps by allowing us to use Whitebank’s facilities if we need to stage an event there.

“I have a great belief in the benefits that young people can get from Duke of Edinburgh awards, which build self-esteem, self confidence and self-belief, often in young people who might otherwise have none of those qualities.”

Mr Hamilton said: “Sam deserves all the backing she can get.

“We are delighted to support her as part of our plan to be usefully involved in many of the community events in Limehurst Village and the surrounding areas.”

Cost to join the scheme is £14.50, set by its national administrators.

Medal winners must quality in four areas —- as a volunteer; by mastering a physical activity; by developing or improving a skill; and by successfully completing an overnight expedition.

Anyone seeking more information can speak to Sam at Failsworth Police Station on 856 8914.